Explore ‘The Cosmic Pilgrim’ with the Gabriola Ecumenical Society

Del McCarthy

Gabriola Ecumenical Society

Monday, January 14 2013

The Gabriola Ecumenical Society invites you to join a four week discussion group on The Cosmic Pilgrim, a book by Margaret MacIntyre. 

Margaret, a Nanaimo author, had been influenced by the work of Pierre Teillard de Chardin and later by Father Thomas Berry, S.J. and other important thinkers in the areas of science and theology. Margaret thought deeply about the interconnectedness of all life, and the meaning of our existence and place in the cosmos. This book is a result of many years of study, personal development and a deep ecological spirituality.

Over the last couple of years, the Gabriola Ecumenical Society has also been exploring the connection between science, ecology and religion. Under the guidance and support of Maureen Wild, the ecumenical society has offered two films and discussion programs, Canticle to the Cosmos by Brian Swimme and Journey of the Universe by Brian and Mary E. Tucker. More recently two films by Barbara Hubbard were offered, Humanity Ascending and Visions for a Universal Humanity.

Increasingly we hear that mankind is in an era of expanding ecological and social consciousness. For many this is tied to the vastly increased cosmic awareness that has occurred. Subsequent programs by people like Brian Swimme have given more substance to this awareness. For Margaret there is a connection between ecology, religion and science, raising questions such as “how do we develop a spirituality that moves from an earth damaging, industrial mindset towards a higher vision of a vibrant planetary community?” 

Although Margaret has a Christian background this book will appeal to anyone interested in developing a “green” spirituality.

Please join us on Monday, Jan. 21 and 28, and Feb. 4 and 11 at the Gabriola Women’s Institute Hall, from 2 to 4 p.m. 

The first session will be led by Margaret herself with subsequent sessions facilitated by Maureen Wild, Shelagh Huston and Ted Bridges. 

Participants may find the book at the public library, in the United Church Library and it also may be purchased from Maureen at 250-247-0087.