Film Screening and Community Dialogue: “Journey of the Universe”


Event details

JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE: Film Screening and Community Dialogue

Running time: 56mins

Earth care group showing film to encourage community discussion

“Journey of the Universe,” a documentary exploring the human connection to Earth and the cosmos will be shown at Liberty Hall on May 5 at 6:30 p.m. A facilitated community dialogue will follow the screening. Doors open at 6:00 for a reception and snacks. Community groups will have information available throughout the evening. The event is organized by Lawrence Ecological Teams United in Sustainability (LETUS). Founded in 2011, LETUS is an interfaith network of communities in the Lawrence area working to be faithful, relevant, and effective in educating/advocating toward justice and environmental sustainability.

“This film provides an excellent overview of the development of life as we know it,” explains event organizer, Rachel Myslivy. “Yet it also demonstrates how human actions are negatively impacting the environment and compromising the future of life on Earth. We hope the film will encourage constructive dialogue among diverse community members.”

“Journey of the Universe” invites viewers to become travelers on a journey that explores the origins of the universe, the emergence of life, and the rise of humans, say the filmmakers. Filmed on location on the Greek island of Samos, the birthplace of the mathematician, philosopher and mystic Pythagoras, “Journey of the Universe” weaves together the findings of modern science with cultural traditions of the West, China, Africa, India, and indigenous peoples to explore cosmic evolution as a process of creativity, connection, and interdependence.

“Journey of the Universe” is the result of the collective inspiration of a 30-year collaboration between Brian Swimme, Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and the late Thomas Berry, a historian of world religions and a leading environmental thinker. They were inspired by Berry’s article “The New Story,” which examined how the world’s religions explained the creation of the world and the scientific story of the universe’s emergence.

The educational film can be used in conjunction with the companion book and Educational Series that includes interviews with 20 scientists and environmentalists and curricular materials that further explore the unfolding universe story. Thanks to funding from the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund, several copies of the film, book, and companion 26-part educational series are available to the community for educational purposes.

“We hope that these materials will be used widely throughout the community. This community dialogue is just the starting point for a larger discussion…one that we hope will lead to stronger connections between religions and environmental groups in the Lawrence area,” explains LET-US organizer, Thad Holcombe. For more information about LET-US, see


The screening at Liberty Hall is presented at no charge, but donations are much appreciated. All are welcome to attend the screening and community dialogue. Journey of the Universe Screening and Community Dialogue 6:00 Doors open for reception, snacks, and informational networking 6:30 Screening of Journey of the Universe 7:30 Community Dialogue


The film begins at 6:30 - you will be able to get into Liberty Hall at 5:45 before we begin gathering at 6:00. The film will have a very short introduction and conclude at approximately 7:40 p.m. We will then encourage all those who have chosen to stay to gather for food/snacks and conversation/"connecting" - conclude at approximately 8:45.


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