People For Earth

Thomas Berry Legacy Lecture Series

Following in the footsteps of Thomas Berry (1914~2009), an ecotheologian and “Earth” scholar, the forum pursues studies to find solutions for environmental destructions by taking on a wider perspective on nature and cosmology. Lectures and educational programs based on Thomas Berry’s works are provided to members and the general public.

The aim of the lecture series is to gain an understanding of human civilization, to find new directions for environmental recovery, and to realize a new era of Ecozoic culture.

Thomas Berry, 1914~2009

Thomas Berry was on the most important thorniest on the relationship between the nature and people. A Catholic priest of the Passionist order, philosopher, cultural historian and writer, he preferred to be called a geologian or an “Earth scholar.” A passionate and knowledgeable spokesperson for Earth, he was introduced as one of the most excellent cultural historians, and Newsweek mentioned him as a scholar as a new kind of eco-theologian who most stimulates.

In 1934, he entered the Passionist order and dedicated his life to research and studies. After receiving his Ph.D. in European intellectual history, he studied Chinese language and culture in the late 1940’s. In 1950s, he served as Chaplain Priest in Europe. Later, He taught Indian and Chinese cultural history at Seton Hall University and Fordham University.

For more than twenty years, Thomas directed the Riverdale Center of Religious Research.
His books include The Dream of the Earth, The Universe story (Co-authored with Brian Swimme) The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future, and Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community (Edited by Evelyn Tucker).
In 1995, Berry returned to Greensboro, North Carolina where he was born and continued to he continued to write and lecture until his death at the age of 94.

1934 Entered the Passionist Order
1948 Received Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in European intellectual history
(The HistoricalTheory of Giambattista Vico)
1948 Studied Chinese language and culture in China and USA, and learned Sanskrit for the study of India
and the traditions of religion in India.
Seton Hall University, Center of Asian Studies ,
Saint John's University, Center of Asian Studies
1966-1979 Director graduate program in History of Religion at Fordham University
1970-1995 Founder and director of Riverdale Center of Religious Research
1975-1987 President of American Teilhard de Chardin Association
1995 Returned to Greensboro, North Carolina
Noted publications of Thomas Berry
Befriending the Earth: A Theology of Reconciliation Between Humans and the Earth By Thomas Berry with Thomas Clarke, Translated in 2006
The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future By Thomas Berry, Translated in 2009
The Universe Story From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era,
A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos By Thomas Berry with Brian Swimme, Translated in 2010
The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth By Thomas Berry, edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Translated in 2011
The Dream of the Earth By Thomas Berry, Translated in 2013
Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community (2006) By Thomas Berry, edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker Translated in 2015
THOMAS BERRY: A Biography by Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Andrew Angyal, Translated in 2023
"Remembering Thomas Berry"  by Mary Evelyn Tucker
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A biography about the ideas and theories that influenced Thomas Berry written by Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker has been translated into Korean. See below for the Korean version and the original version published in Minding Nature: Winter 2009, Volume 2, Number 3  at Center for Humans and Nature website (