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Thomas Berry and the Earth Community

"All human professions, institutions, and activities must be integral with the earth as the primary self-nourishing, self-governing and self-fulfilling community. To integrate our human activities within this context is our way into the future."

Thomas Berry (1914 - 2009) wrote about the human relationship with the Earth and the universe with unrivalled perception, intelligence and grace. Through a series of books of essays, Berry articulated a new Earth-based spirituality that integrates the evolutionary perspectives of science with the feelings that inform religion and the arts. His work stands as a major contribution to the development of an ecological civilization in which the human fully recognizes and integrates with the Earth community.

Thomas Berry understood, as few others have done, that with the degradation of nature goes a diminishment of the human. There can be no lasting advancement for humans if it entails devastation for other beings and the great systems of planetary functioning. Over and over again he states that if we only view nature as an object to be used, our future existence is in peril. We cannot exist long-term unless we re-join the community of life from which we emerged, that has shaped us in every regard and is the revelation of ultimate and sacred reality. He called it the Earth community.

This website has been created by Caroline Webb, a friend and student of Thomas Berry, to aid in the dissemination of his extraordinarily valuable work. His thought stands as a beacon for our times; it is at once grounded and deeply mystical, fully capable of guiding our species into a new ecological and spiritually mature state of being. May his ideas take root in our world and flower independently and creatively in many people's lives.

This site has been done without financial assistance. Donations are welcome and can be made on the Store page.

Contact: integralplanet at gmail.com

Thomas Berry in summer 2003 photographed by © Caroline Webb

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