The journey of the universe is the story of everything. It is the science-informed and culturally-coloured story of how our universe began, how it continues to grow in complexity and how it eventually produced human beings who have the ability to realise that we are the universe reflecting back on itself. 

The point of Journey of the Universe is to cultivate a new societal narrative – The Universe Story – that reminds human beings that we are not separate to nature, we are as much a part of nature as anything else in the universe and how we go about treating the natural ecosystems around us ends up having a huge impact on our own general wellbeing and standard of living… as we are now increasingly seeing in the ramifications of the climate crisis.

The Universe Story was originally developed by Thomas Berry, a cultural historian and world religion scholar, and later gained wider recognition and momentum by two of his colleagues, Brianne Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker, who produced a book and later a film that told the Universe Story. It was also Swimme and Tucker who produced the Coursera Journey of the Universe MOOC specialization that comprises this module. 

As acknowledged here, the specialization was originally made up of four courses, three being teacher led and one being a capstone. However, the capstone was later removed from the specialization sequence (probably because it had a low completion rate, even I did not fully complete it).  

Ultimately, I found the Journey of the Universe a hugely enriching experience because it very much epitomises what I want to achieve with my MTA Portfolio and because it is an inclusive means by which to ensure that the protection of the environment (which includes us) becomes part of our standard human narrative and belief systems.

Nothing engages the human spirit like a good story. The story of the journey of the universe is the greatest story ever told and it is our story.

4 Courses

Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Yale University

Started: 23/09/2016

Finished: 29/09/2016

Go to course on Class Central

 

Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Yale University

Started: 29/09/2016

Finished: 20/10/2016

Go to course on Class Central

 

The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Yale University

Started: 05/10/2016

Finished: 22/10/2016

Go to course on Class Central

 

Living Cosmology (Capstone)

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Yale University

Started: 03/11/2016

Finished: 27/08/2017

Go to course on Class Central

 

1 Book

Journey of the Universe

Author:  Brian Swimme & Mary Evelyn Tucker

Publisher: Yale University Press

Published: 2011

Started: 28/09/2016

Finished: 04/10/2016

Go to book on Goodreads

 

1 Film

Journey of the Universe

Directors: David Kennard & Patsy Northcutt

Released: 2013

Go to film on Amazon Prime

 

For just as the Milky Way is the universe in the form of a galaxy, and an orchid is the universe in the form of a flower, we are the universe in the form of a human. And every time we are drawn to look up into the night sky and reflect on the awesome beauty of the universe, we are actually the universe reflecting on itself.
And this changes everything.

Brian Thomas Swimme & Mary Evelyn Tucker, Journey of the Universe, 2011:2