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Cosmology
  a. General
   

Blue Planet: An Imax Space Film . . . About Earth
Cosmic Voyage
Creation of the Universe
The Earth Has A History
The Grand Design
The Unfolding Story
A Universe Drama in Three Acts
Web of Life

     

Title Blue Planet: An Imax Space Film . . . About Earth
Series None Listed
Publisher Whittier, Calif.: Finley-Holiday Film Corp., 1990
Credits Produced by Graeme Ferguson for Imax Space Technology, Inc.

Editor, Narrator: Toni Myers
Writers: Toni Myers, Graeme Ferguson

Others responsible for the production of this video include:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Format VHS; closed caption for the hearing impaired
Length 42 minutes
Abstract An IMAX production presented by Lockheed Corporation and the National Air and Space Museum in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), this video contains footage taken by astronauts on five different space shuttle missions and documents various factors affecting the planet’s sensitive ecological balance including: earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and the human species.
   
Title Cosmic Voyage
Series None Listed
Publisher Toronto, Ontario: Imax Studios, 1996
Distributed by 70MM Inc., 1996; Also available through The Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Credits A film for the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Producer: Jeffrey Marvin, Bayley Silleck, Cosmic Voyage, Inc.
Director, Writer: Bayley Silleck
Directors of Photography: Ernest McNabb, Noel Archambault, Timothy Housel
Film Editor: Miroslav Janek
Music Composer, Conductor: David Michael Frank
Narrator: Morgan Freeman
Format VHS
Length 35 minutes
Abstract Presented by the Motorola Foundation and the National Air and Space Museum in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF), this film explores scientific theories about the birth of the cosmos, the solar system, black holes, and supernovas. Originally an IMAX film, this video dramatically contextualizes humankind in the expanding universe by using state-of-the-art computer imagery and live footage to zoom in and out from the sub-nuclear realm to the largest cosmic structures.
   
Title Creation of the Universe
Series None Listed
Publisher San Francisco, Calif.: The Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 1985
Credits None listed
Format VHS
Length 92 minutes
Abstract An adventure in time travel with journalist Timothy Ferris, from the Big Bang to the forefront of contemporary modern science. With impressive computer graphics and special effects, this film depicts the wondrous mystery of our universe and clearly explains astronomical theories.
   
Title The Earth Has a History
Series None Listed
Publisher Boulder, Colo.: Geological Society of America, 1989
Credits Presented by the Geological Society of America (GSA).

Director, Writer: Army Armstrong
Music: El Armstrong
Format VHS; study guide
Length 20 minutes
Abstract Designed for students in the seventh grade or higher, this GSA study module discusses how the surface of the planet changes over time. “Walking the viewer through time,” A. R. Palmer demonstrates the fundamentals of geologic time in the Flatirons of the Rocky Mountains near Boulder, Colorado.
   
Title The Grand Design
Series Whose World?
Publisher New York, N.Y.: Wombat Film and Video, 1987
Credits A CTVC Production.

Producer: Leslie Timmins
Director: Liddy Oldroyd
Writer, Narrator: Adam Ford
Introduction of Participants: Anna Ford
Format VHS
Length 30 minutes
Abstract Compares a religious teleological perspective of nature as manifesting a divine plan with a post-Darwinian scientific view.
   
Title The Unfolding Story
Series None Listed
Publisher Palo Alto, Calif.: Foundation for Global Community, 1993
Credits Writer, Narrator: Mike Farrell

Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Foundation for Global Community
Format VHS
Length 29 minutes
Abstract Thomas Berry, John Cobb, Timothy Ferris, Miriam Therese MacGillis, Theodore Roszak, Elisabet Sahtouris, Audrey Shenandoah, Charelene Spretnak, David Suzuki, Tom van Sant, and Edward O. Wilson narrate the story of the universe as alive and interconnected.
   
Title A Universe Drama in Three Acts
Series None Listed
Publisher Maryknoll, N.Y.: Maryknoll World Productions, 1996; Maryknoll, N.Y.: Catholic Foreign Missionary Society of America, 1996
Credits Produced by Maryknoll World Productions.

Producer, Director: Doug Fisher
Format VHS; study guide
Length Approximately 15 minutes
Abstract Narrates a three-part story of creation, corruption, and rebellion for life based on Rosemary Radford Ruether’s, A Universe Drama in Three Acts.
   
Title Web of Life
Series Smithsonian World
Publisher Arlington, Va.: PBS Video, 1991
Distributed by Princeton, N.J.: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1991
Credits Produced by: WETA-TV and the Smithsonian Institution.

Producer, Director: Sandra Wentworth Bradley
Writer: R. B. Phillips, Sandra Wentworth Bradley
Editors: Lisa Frederickson, Nancy Kellman
Camerapeople: Roderick Bradley, Rob Orr, Foster Wiley
Narrator: Halo Wines
Music: Clive Muncaster
Format VHS
Length 60 minutes
Abstract Discussing the controversial topics of biodiversity, selective breeding, and genetic engineering, this video highlights some of the implications of new technological advances in genetics and describes how humans alter and exterminate species through environmentally irresponsible practices.

 

Cosmology
  b. Thomas Berry
   

Befriending the Earth
Part 1: Healing Theology
Part 2: Science and the Sacred
Part 3: Knowing God
Part 4: Falling in Love with the Universe
Part 5: Saced World
Part 6: Justice, Earth Justice
Part 9: All Creation Groaning
Part 10: Terror and Attraction
Part 11: Four Our Children, A Shameful Legacy
Part 12: A Song for Our Times
Part 13: Sacrifice and Grace
The Future of the Earth
Renewing the Face of the Earth
Teilhard in the Age of Ecology
Thomas Berry: Dreamer of the Universe
Thomas Berry and the Earth Community
Thomas Berry: Global Spirituality
Thomas Berry: The Great Story
The Universe Story: An Introduction

     

Title Befriending the Earth
Part 1: Healing Theology
Part 2: Science and the Sacred
Part 3: Knowing God
Part 4: Falling in Love with the Universe
Part 5: Saced World
Part 6: Justice, Earth Justice
Part 9: All Creation Groaning
Part 10: Terror and Attraction
Part 11: Four Our Children, A Shameful Legacy
Part 12: A Song for Our Times
Part 13: Sacrifice and Grace
Series The Thomas Berry Dream of the Earth Series
Publisher Mystic, Conn.: Twenty-Third Publications, 1990
Credits Contact Communications.

Executive Producers: Stephen Dunn, Dawn MacDonald
Producer: Jacqueline Clair Barley
Director: Jim Hanley
Writer: Dawn MacDonald
Director of Photography: Mark Mackay
Editor: Frank Bayer

Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Thomas Mary Berry, Thomas E. Clarke, Stephen Dunn, Jim Hanley, Jacqueline Claire Barley, Dawn MacDonald
Format 13 VHS videocassettes
Length Total approximately 338 minutes (approximately 30 minutes each)
Abstract Discussing the relationship between religion and ecology, Thomas Berry and Thomas Clarke encourage church leaders and laiety to actively make connections between faith and environmentalism.
   
Title The Future of the Earth
Series America: East meets West
Publisher Kansas City, Mo.: National Catholic Reporter, 1983
Credits Writer: Thomas Mary Berry
Format VHS
Length 30 minutes
Abstract Thomas Berry offers his perspective on God and the Earth.
   
Title Renewing the Face of the Earth
Series None Listed
Publisher Laurel, Md.: Lou Niznik, 1986
Credits An I Love Jesus Mobile Production
Presented by Holy Cross Centre

Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Thomas Mary Berry, Lou Niznik
Format VHS
Length 120 minutes
Abstract Information not available
   
Title Teilhard in the Age of Ecology
Series None Listed
Publisher Mystic, Conn.: Twenty-Third Publications, 1988
Credits Producer, Cameraperson: Lou Niznik
Writers: Thomas Mary Berry, Lou Niznik
Interviewer: Jane Blewett
Format VHS; study guide
Length 60 minutes
Abstract Describing the theological and ecological perspective of Teilhard de Chardin, a French Jesuit theologian and paleontologist who lived from 1881–1955, Thomas Berry emphasizes the relevance of Chardin’s views for contemporary social systems. Berry is the Director of the Center for Religious Research in Riverdale, New York.
   
Title Thomas Berry: Dreamer of the Universe
Series None listed
Publisher New York: First Run Features, 1994; New York(?): Arcadia Productions, More Than Illusion Films, 1994
Credits

Producers: John Swindells, Seymour Wishman
Directors: Marc Mauceri, John Swindells
Writer: John Swindells

Format VHS
Length 60 minutes
Abstract Dr. Thomas Berry offers his reflections on spirituality, religion, and the human-earth relationship.
   
Title Thomas Berry and the Earth Community
Series None listed
Publisher San Rafael: Caroline Webb, 2006
Credits

Producer: Caroline Webb

Format DVD
Length 16 minutes
Abstract This DVD contains a 7-minute musical presentation using Thomas Berry's words (spoken in interview and written) about the human-Earth relationship. It also includes a 9-minute interview with Thomas Berry, conducted by Caroline Webb in February 2006. In this interview, Berry discusses how to form an appropriate relationship with nature, calling for a new jurisprudence, a new philosophical basis for our law and legal system such that all beings, and even ecosystems, are given legal standing in our courts.
   
Title Thomas Berry: Global Spirituality
Secondary Titles Global Spirituality
Series None Listed
Publisher Kansas City, Mo.: National Catholic Reporter Publishing, 1989
Credits Produced by Telicare.

Producer: Rose Russo
Writers: Thomas Mary Berry, Peter Mann, Rose Russo
Format VHS
Length Approximately 30 minutes
Abstract Filmed at Fordham University in 1989, Father Peter Mann and Dr. Thomas Berry discuss the rift between humans and nature and the potential of global spirituality.
   
Title Thomas Berry: The Great Story
Series None Listed
Publisher Oley, PA: Bullfrog Films, 2002
Credits

Producers: Nancy Stetson and Penny Morell
Editors: Emma Morris and Jane Zipp
Music: Gary Schreiner

Format DVD and VHS
Length 49 minutes (DVD version includes 47 minutes of additional interviews)
Abstract This documentary depicts Thomas Berry’s life and works in relation to the story of the universe.  Berry sees the universe as a cosmic liturgy and urges us to make responsible actions within the sacred cosmology.
   
Title The Universe Story: An Introduction
Series None Listed
Publisher Port Burwell, Ontario: Centre for Ecology and Spirituality at Holy Cross Centre, 1994
Credits Produced by Holy Cross Centre for Ecology and Spirituality and Villagers Communications.

Executive Producers: Dawn MacDonald Deme, Steven J. Deme
Editor: Boyd Bonitzke, Stephen Dunn, Anne Lonergan
Writers: Brian Swimme, Thomas Mary Berry
Format VHS
Length 26 minutes
Abstract Discussing their book, Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme reflect on The Universe Story.



  Cosmology
  c. Brian Swimme
   

Canticle to the Cosmos
Part 1: The Story of Our Time
Part 2: The Primeval Fireball
Part 3: Feast of Consciousness
Part 4: The Fundamental Order of the Universe
Part 5: Destruction and Loss
Part 6: A Magical Planet
Part 7: Sex, Death, and Dreams
Part 8: The Nature of the Human
Part 9: Fire in the Mind
Part 10: The Timing of Creativity
Part 11: The Human Story
Part 12: A New Prosperity
Cosmic Wisdom, Original Blessing: An Introduction to Creation Spirituality
The Earth’s Imagination

Part 1: Macrophase Transitions
Part 2: Free Energy
Part 3: Synergy
Part 4: Birth of the Imagination
Part 5: End of the Cenozoic
Part 6: An Ocean of Energy
Part 7: New Forms of Synergy
Part 8: The Surprise of Cosmogenesis
Four Great Revelations of Ancient Religion and the New Science
The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos
Journey of the Universe
The New Creation Story: A Conversation with Brianne Swimme
The Powers of the Universe
The Universe is A Green Dragon

     

Title

Canticle to the Cosmos
Part 1: The Story of Our Time
Part 2: The Primeval Fireball
Part 3: Feast of Consciousness
Part 4: The Fundamental Order of the Universe
Part 5: Destruction and Loss
Part 6: A Magical Planet
Part 7: Sex, Death, and Dreams
Part 8: The Nature of the Human
Part 9: Fire in the Mind
Part 10: The Timing of Creativity
Part 11: The Human Story
Part 12: A New Prosperity

Series None Listed
Publisher Livermore, Calif.: Newstory Project, 1990
Credits Producer: Brian Swimme
Director: Catherine Busch
Writer: Brian Swimme

Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Newstory Project
Format 12 VHS videocassettes; study guide
Length Information not available
Abstract Defining a functional cosmology as “an account of where we are, where we come from, what we are doing, and where we are going,” Brian Swimme presents Thomas Berry’s model of cosmology.
   
Title Cosmic Wisdom, Original Blessing: An Introduction to Creation Spirituality
Series None Listed
Publisher Oakland, Calif.: Friends of Creation Spirituality, 1989
Credits Producer: Barbara Anderson, Barry Cooke
Director: Barbara Anderson
Writer: Barbara Anderson, Barry Cooke, Matthew Fox, Brian Swimme
Host: Barry Cooke

Others responsible for the production of this video include:
United Church Television
Friends of Creation Spirituality
Format VHS
Length 90 minutes
Abstract At the Creation Spirituality Summer Workshop in Vancouver, Mathew Fox, Brian Swimme, and others discuss issues pertaining to religious experience, reverence for nature, the meditative qualities of art, and ways of transforming society.
   
Title The Earth’s Imagination
Four videos in eight parts:
Part 1: Macrophase Transitions
Part 2: Free Energy
Part 3: Synergy
Part 4: Birth of the Imagination
Part 5: End of the Cenozoic
Part 6: An Ocean of Energy
Part 7: New Forms of Synergy
Part 8: The Surprise of Cosmogenesis
Series None Listed
Publisher Mill Valley, Calif.: Center for the Story of the Universe, 1998
Credits Creator: Brian Swimme
Producer, Director: Pamela Westfall Bochte
Writer: Brian Swimme
Format 4 VHS videocassettes
Length Total 209 minutes
Abstract Written by Brian Swimme, this eigtht-part video set contemplates the evolution of human consciousness by contextualizing it within the unfolding of the fifteen billion year old cosmic process.
   
Title Four Great Revelations of Ancient Religion and the New Science
Series Videos in Creation Spirituality
Publisher Oakland, Calif.: Friends of Creation Spirituality, 1989, c1980
Credits Witers: Matthew Fox, Brian Swimme
Lecturers include: Matthew Fox, Brian Swimme
Format 2 VHS videocassettes
Length 65 minutes each
Abstract Lectures focus on four main topics: Matter, Nothingness, Creative Fire, and Interconnectedness.
   
Title The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos
Series None listed.
Publisher Mill Valley, Calif.: Center for the Story of the Universe, 1996
Credits Writer: Brian Swimme
Format VHS
Length 80 minutes
Abstract A companion to the book written by Brian Swimme. Contains the following sections: The Generosity of the Sun, The Birth Place of the Universe, and The All-Nourishing Abyss.
   
Title Journey of the Universe
Series None listed.
Publisher Sausalito, Calif.: David Kennard and Patsy Northcutt, Northcutt Productions, 2011
Credits Writers: Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker
Format DVD
Length 60 minutes
Abstract Journey of the Universe tells the story of evolution, from the beginning of time to the present day, in a way that profoundly inspires a new and closer relationship with the Earth. This film reveals how the pursuits of contemporary scientific knowledge has led to an outcome not entirely dissimilar from that of more ancient spiritual traditions:  the common human experience of awe...the profound and life-altering sense of wonder that is engendered when we find ourselves in the presence of the immensity, complexity, and self organizing creativity of the universe itself and the profound cosmic processes out of which we have sprung. For more information, click here.
   
Title The New Creation Story: A Conversation with Brian Swimme
Series Alternatives: A Series of Conversations
Publisher Oakland, Calif.: Friends of Creation Spirituality, 1989
Credits Director, Editor: Ruth Cashman
Writers: Matthew Fox, Brian Swimme, Ruth Cashman
Format VHS
Length 60 minutes
Abstract Brian Swimme and Mathew Fox discuss the new creation story and its implications for spirituality, ethics, and science.
   
Title

The Powers of the Universe
Part 1: Seamlessness
Part 2: Centration
Part 3: Allurement
Part 4: Emergence
Part 5: Homeostasis
Part 6: Cataclysm
Part 7: Synergy
Part 8: Transmutation
Part 9: Transformation
Part 10: Interrelatedness
Part 11: Radiance

Series None Listed
Publisher

Livermore, CA: Center for the Story of the Universe, 2004

Credits None Listed
Format DVD
Length 9 Hours (11 programs averaging 45 minutes each)
Abstract

In this series, Brian Swimme examines the powers at work in the cosmos and shows how these cosmological powers are mirrored in human beings.

   
Title The Universe is A Green Dragon
Series The Wisdom of Creation Spirituality
Publisher Oakland, Calif.: Friends of Creation Spirituality, 1984
Credits A Great Plains Media Ministry presentation.

Executive Producer: Elizabeth B. Beans
Director: Rich Salkin
Writer: Brian Swimme
Music Consultant: Brendon J. Doyle
Format VHS
Length 90 minutes
Abstract Presents the human species in light of the new cosmic creation story, which places humans in the same process of development as the entire cosmos and life on planet earth. Programs include: Fire, The Night Sky, and The Sea.

 

Cosmology
  c. Miriam MacGillis
   

Earth Learning and Spirituality
Earth + People: The Past and the Future
The Fire within the Fire
Natural Cosmology: Revelations of the Soul in Nature

New Earth Education

A New Way of Looking at Everything, and Coming Home to a New Cosmology
You and the Earth

     

Title Earth Learning and Spirituality
Series None Listed
Publisher Laurel, MD: Lou Niznik, 1989
Credits Producer: Lou Niznik
Writer: Miriam MacGillis, Lou Niznik
Format 4 VHS videocassettes
Length 120 minutes
Abstract Information not available
   
Title Earth + People: The Past and the Future
Series None Listed
Publisher Laurel, MD: Lou Niznik, Earth Communications, n.d.
Credits None Listed
Format VHS
Length 6 hours
Abstract

In this film, Miriam MacGillis offers a good introduction to the story of the universe.  She discusses the harmful relationship to the Earth Community that humans have had in the past, and she points toward ways we can heal this relationship.  Jane Blewett shares insights into social and environmental justice.  There is also a demonstration of a twenty-minute Cosmic Walk, as well as a Cosmic Voyage.

   
Title The Fire within the Fire
Series None Listed
Publisher Laurel, MD: Lou Niznik, Earth Communications, n.d.
Credits None Listed
Format VHS
Length 110 minutes
Abstract In this film, Miriam MacGillis considers the story of the universe as it relates to various themes from the Bible.  The film is divided into six sections.
   
Title Natural Cosmology: Revelations of the Soul in Nature
Series None Listed
Publisher Bristol, UK: The CREATE Environmental Centre, 2004
Credits None Listed
Format DVD
Length 50 minutes
Abstract

In this presentation at the 2004 Schumacher Lectures on “Spirit, Nature, Matter,” Miriam Therese MacGillis argues we must respond to our current ecological crisis with a new articulation of cosmology.

   
Title New Earth Education
Series None Listed
Publisher Laurel, Md.: Lou Niznik s.n., 1989, c1980
Credits Producer: Lou Niznik
Sponser: Environmental Ethics Institute
Writers: Miriam MacGillis, Lou Niznik
Format 2 VHS videocassettes
Length Total 202 minutes
Abstract Sponsored by the Environmental Ethics Institute, these two videos offer an overview of the evolution of the universe and of the earth community from the earliest stages of human development to the present. Ends with a brief history of patriarchy and an assessment of changing human values.
   
Title A New Way of Looking at Everything, and Coming Home to a New Cosmology
Series None Listed
Publisher Laurel, MD: Lou Niznik, Earth Communications, n.d.
Credits None Listed
Format VHS
Length 2 hours (part 1: 1 hour, 25 minutes; part 2: 35 minutes)
Abstract This video contains two separate but related programs.  In A New Way of Looking at Everything, Miriam MacGillis shows how the sacred story of the universe alters our conception of ourselves and the world.  In Coming Home to a New Cosmology, MacGillis offers her own evolutionary story in relation to the evolution of the universe, showing how we can “come home together.”
   
Title You and the Earth
Series None Listed
Publisher Laurel, MD: Lou Niznik, Earth Communications, n.d.
Credits None Listed
Format VHS
Length 3 hours, 39 minutes
Abstract

Miriam MacGillis presents an enthusiastic account of Thomas Berry’s cosmological ideas.  In addition, she explains the development of the Genesis Farm.  There is also a demonstration of an eleven-minute Cosmic Walk.  The film is divided into nine segments for discussion.