Mission and History
The mission of the Thomas Berry Foundation is to carry out the Great Work of Thomas in enhancing the flourishing of the Earth community.
Created in 1998 by Thomas Berry, Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, Martin Kaplan, and Thomas' sister, Margaret Berry, the Foundation has promoted Thomas’ ideas through publishing his essays and overseeing translations, initiating an archive at Harvard, and organizing the Thomas Berry Award and Lecture.
Thomas Berry Award
This Award was inaugurated in 1999 in Washington DC when the Center for Respect of Life and Environment (CRLE) at the Humane Society of the United States created the award to honor Berry’s legacy. Since then it has been presented to selected individuals who have modeled the “great work” in their teaching, writing, or public service. The Forum on Religion and Ecology partnered with CRLE in presenting the Award from its early stages and now sponsors the Award.
The Thomas Berry Award recipients are:
Brian Edward Brown, January 24, 2016
James Gustave Speth, November 8, 2014
James Conlon, July 18, 2013
Stephen Dunn, November 1, 2012
Martin S. Kaplan, September 26, 2009
Fritz and Vivienne Hull, October 15, 2007
Miriam Therese MacGillis, October 1, 2005
Reverend James Parks Morton, 2004
Steven C. Rockefeller, May 17, 2002
Tu Weiming, August 30, 2000
Brian Thomas Swimme, October 8, 1999
Mary Evelyn Tucker, November 10, 1998
Over the last decade Thomas’ archives have been transferred to Harvard with the dedicated assistance of his sister Margaret. During this same period Mary Evelyn and John have edited four of Thomas’ books and promoted their distribution. (The Great Work, Evening Thoughts, The Sacred Universe, The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth). In addition, they have helped to organize the Thomas Berry Award and Lecture since 1998. In September 2009 they created a Memorial Service for Thomas at the Cathedral of St John the Divine that was attended by over 1000 people. They also developed and maintain the Thomas Berry website. In November 2014 they organized a conference at Yale to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Thomas’ birth and the 5th anniversary of his death. From this conference a new book will be published by Orbis Books, Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe (Spring 2016).
Acknowledgements for Website
This website was created by Travis Kochel and Lizy Gershenzon at Scribble Tone who have also created our websites for Emerging Earth Community and the American Teilhard Association. Support for this website and the publication of Thomas Berry’s works over many years has been provided by the Germeshausen Foundation, the Kendeda Foundation, the Charles Engelhard Foundation, the Kalliopeia Foundation, Rev. Albert Nielson, Marianne and Jim Welch, and Paul Minus. We are grateful to our excellent team of co-workers who have contributed their skills to this site: Tara Trapani, Matthew Riley, and Elizabeth McAnally. Videos of Thomas Berry are now available due to Jane Blewett’s generous gift of Lou Niznik’s recordings and the careful work of Don Smith and Wes Pascoe in digitalizing them. The website is dedicated to Margaret Berry and all those who have assisted the Great Work.
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Ann Berry Somers
The thought of Teilhard de Chardin was a major influence on Thomas Berry and he preceded John Grim as President of the American Teilhard Association. John and Mary Evelyn have directed the Association since 1978. They oversee its membership, publications, and annual meeting in New York.
The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale builds on the innovative work of Thomas in the history of world religions through a joint degree program in religion and ecology as well as through conferences, publications, and a website. The Forum is directed by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.
The Emmy award winning PBS film, book, and conversation series that build on the comprehensive vision of Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry. Created by Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker, this project is designed to foster a broader understanding of the universe story and its implications for a viable future for the Earth community.