‘Big science, big history, big story.’
That’s how Vanessa Brown, Director of the newly-formed White River Reconciliation Project, describes the New Story Writing Group programs that launch this Thursday, October 6 at the Commons @ BALE in South Royalton from 3-6 P
“Join us this Thursday for the first of a four-part video series called the ’Journey of the Universe: A Story of Our Times led by senior research scholars Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim,” urges Brown who says there is no prerequisite knowledge needed to participate in this… “just an openness to learn about the complex development of the universe.” Tucker (shown in photo) and Grim are co-founders of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University and guide the organization Emerging Earth Community.
The first session, titled “The Unfolding of Life,” tells the story of evolution as an epic narrative, rather than as a series of facts separated by scientific disciplines. According to Tucker, this narrative form changes perceptions so that people begin to see themselves as an integral part of this narrative. By situating us within this story, “we can better appreciate the complexity and beauty of processes such as self-organizing dynamics, natural selection, emergence, symbiosis, and co-evolution,” say T
ucker. “As we discover these intricate processes of evolution, we awaken to the beauty and complexity of our natural environment at this critical juncture in our planetary history.”
The series continues each Thursday through the fall. Suggested donation of $0-20 per class supports the White River Reconciliation Project and BALE (Building A Local Economy). Drop-ins are welcome and additional course readings available. For more information, contact Vanessa Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 595-9842.