Consciousness Cafe Upcoming Event
The Royal Seven Stars, The Plains, Totnes

Thursday 22nd November, 2018

Arrival time: 7:30 for 8:00 to 10:00 

Prof Ursula King on - A Greater Love for the Earth and All its People: Ecology and Spirituality in Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry

This talk will deal with the relationship between ecology and spirituality in two outstanding thinkers, the French scientist and mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) and the American ecological thinker Thomas Berry (1914-2009) who were both deeply moved by a great love for the Earth and its people. Both men were as much steeped in contemporary scientific thinking as they were shaped by religious and mystical orientations, especially in relation to nature. She will convey some insights into their evolutionary and ecological thinking and discuss what “Great Work” is required for the further social, cultural and spiritual evolution of humanity and for a sustainable future of all life on Earth. How far this might require a greater evolution of the transformative powers of love?

Ursula King is Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol. She was educated in Germany, France, India and England, has lectured all over the world and contributed to many broadcasts and TV programmes. She has published widely, especially on gender issues in world religions, interfaith dialogue, spirituality, and on the French thinker Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. She has held several visiting chairs in the USA, Norway and South Africa and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the universities of Edinburgh (1996), Oslo (2000), and Dayton/Ohio (2003).  Among her earlier books are Women and Spirituality. Voices of Protest and Promise (1993); Christian Mystics. Their Lives and Legacies Throughout the Ages (2001). More recent books include The Search for Spirituality. Our global quest for meaning and fulfilment (2009); Teilhard de Chardin and Eastern Religions. (2011), Spirit of Fire: The Life and Vision of Teilhard de Chardin (2015 second edition).  She has given many lectures and workshops on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and on ecology and spirituality in different parts of the world.

Format: Roughly 30 minutes introduction followed by round table and open discussions and breaks for refreshments. Entry: £5 at door. Booking: Contact Wendy at


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