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August 2018

Enders Island Retreat

August 18 @ 8:00 am - August 23 @ 5:00 pm

Teilhard’s Mysticism: Spiraling into the Cosmic Christ Retreat: August 18-23, 2018 Presenter: Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD Enders Island Retreat Center, Mystic, CT During this retreat, through input, prayer, song, film, contemplative activities, and sharing, we follow Teilhard as he travels ever more deeply from Circle to Circle into the arms of the Cosmic Christ. This experience of traveling with Teilhard will guide all those of kindred spirits “who love the world” and who yearn to expand their mystical hearts. For…

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September 2018

Drawn to Follow the Road of Fire: Teilhard and Struggle – Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD

September 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Soon after completing his service in World War I, Teilhard became aware that he was being drawn like the patriarchs of old to follow the road of fire. He had no idea at the time just how intense his future struggles would be or how profound the suffering that his commitment would require. However, he did understand that, as a participant in an evolutionary world, he should expect and embrace struggle as the price to be paid for progress. His…

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October 2018

How to Pursue Truth – Camille Carlisle, M.S.

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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What does a successful approach to the intersection of religion and science look like? Using questions posed by her readers and others interested in the topic, Ms. Carlisle will explore where well-meaning enthusiasts go astray. These anecdotes will serve as a counterpoint to examples from a scientific approach to seeking truth in astronomy and physics—an approach that is just as important in theology as it is in science. Her goal is to equip audience members with a fruitful way of…

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November 2018

Teilhard, Francoeur, and the Religion-Science Debates of the Early 1960s – Susan Sack, PhD

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Interest in the works of Teilhard de Chardin soared in 1959 following their initial publication. One of the first in the US to grasp the possibilities of his thought was Robert Francoeur. This presentation explores the efforts of Francoeur and several other influential scientists and theologians who used the work of Teilhard to bridge the supposed gaps between religion, science, and daily life. Susan Kassman Sack received her PhD in Theology in 2014 from the University of Dayton after a…

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March 2019

Teilhard, Original Sin, Evolution, and the Curia: What Went Wrong? – Daryl Domning, PhD

March 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Daryl Domning, PhD, Professor of Anatomy at Howard University in Washington, DC, is a paleontologist who studies the evolution of marine mammals. Daryl has also developed an interest in the theological implications of evolution and is active in science/religion activities and dialog. With the late theologian Monika Hellwig, he wrote Original Selfishness: Original Sin and Evil in the Light of Evolution (2006). He was a co-organizer and speaker at the Washington Theological Union's public conference series "Atom + Eve: Using…

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April 2019

Cultivating a Sense of Place: Contemplative Ecology in a Time of Loss – Douglas Christie, PhD

April 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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The Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset once said: “Tell me the landscape in which you live and I will tell you who you are.” Here we find a beautiful expression of the deep and fundamental connection that exists between place and human identity. But how in fact does place shape identity? How is it that our deepest emotions and values, including those that we consider to be part of our spiritual life, come to be so closely tied to…

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