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A still from the film Journey to the Universe

Science, hope and the journey of the Universe

John Grim and Mary Evelyn were students of, and collaborators with, leading environmentalist Thomas Berry and are now directors of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University. They’re now on a UK educational tour with their film, 'Journey of the Universe’, which is described as a ‘13.8 billion year journey’.

The film is fronted by author and evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and explores our role as humans in ‘this awe-inspiring universe’ including an exploration of the ‘big questions’ surrounding human existence and of course, sustainability.

Film screening and discussion
Friday 4 July 2014, 7.30 - 9.00pm with a light supper at 6.30pm

Discussion and participative event
Saturday 5 July 2014, 10.00am - 4.00pm with coffee 9.30am, lunch 12.20pm.

Both events are being held at St Agnes Church, St Agnes St, North Reddish SK5 6RA and are designed to give participants a good amount of interaction and discussion with Mary Evelyn and John, sharing ideas through the talk, film, bookstall and discussion. According to the organisers the programme ‘will appeal both to those for whom these ideas are new and to those who have worked with the universe story before’.

The sessions are free, but suggested donations can be made of £5/15 on Friday evening and £10/30 on Saturday. to book send a text to 07813 873 888, giving your name, when you wish to attend and email address. Or by emailing:, with details of when you wish to attend.

And finally if you’d like a preview of the film that can take you on that 13.8 billion year journey, click here.