Conference Overview

Love at the Heart of the Cosmos: Living in Relational Wholeness

is an event committed to the Teilhard’s vision for “a new religion of the Earth for a new planet of life.”

Through engaging presentations, centering prayer practice, small discussion groups, and celebration of Teilhard’s Mass on the World,
we will together explore a new story of the whole that can inspire, transform, and give us hope.

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“Teilhard envisioned a new type of energy flowing from the convergence of world religions, giving rise to a new religion of the Earth and a new ultrahuman community, electronically connected in a rising Cosmic Person. How might we use technology if we actually believed that God is partnering with AI-complexified life to create a more unified planetary life?”

Ilia Delio

“The strength of Teilhard de Chardin’s spiritual vision is his open-ended and dynamic integration of the cosmic, human, and divine. Teilhard sensed so vividly the great story of the universe and perceived the Earth as a living planet. This way of seeing can transform every experience, transforming ordinary human life into greater growth and wholeness.”

Ursula King

“For Teilhard, the thriving of authentic, anticipatory religion is indispensable to the future of the universe, not just human persons and societies. He understood that we must look at the universe from the inside, that the emergence of human religion is part of the story of the universe. Our cosmos is a story of emerging ‘insideness’, ultimately manifesting in our human passions, aspirations, and longing for meaning and truth.”

John F. Haught

“The evolutionary struggle, for Teilhard, is not simply about survival. Struggle must be directed toward flourishing, toward providing humanity with a richer spiritual life. Because the cosmos is not complete but is always moving toward greater union, novelty and consciousness, struggling and suffering are inevitable. As the creative approach needed to bring about union, struggle is holy.”

Sr. Kathleen Duffy

“In the grand tapestry of Teilhardian seeing, the warp of science and the weft of mysticism are inextricably intertwined. When subjected to the softening and harmonizing energy of faith, the hard edges of physical reality soften, become more supple, come into responsivity and coherence. It is through this presence that, even in the midst of overwhelming despair, we can still set our sights on and draw sustaining energy from that pole star of God-Omega.”

Cynthia Bourgeault

Teilhard’s vision of “relational wholeness” sees that all dimensions of life are one co-evolving spirit: matter and energy, nature and humanity, faith and culture, science and spirituality, consciousness and contemplation. It is a living wholeness, a dynamic oneness, that deepens in complexity, consciousness, and convergence as the great cosmic epic proceeds.

Our time is a great turning point in this cosmic history, an era of transformation, a paradigm shift into a new planetary life. Teilhard’s vision offers the beginning of a new story of the whole, a renewed spiritual metanarrative that answers the perennial questions: Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? It is a story that can restore faith in our common humanity, locate our home within the natural beauties of our living planet, and inspire new spiritual forms to make religion the most exciting energy of the 21st century.

About Our Partners

Institute of Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College

The Institute is committed to nurturing the constructive engagement of Religion/Spirituality and Science/Technology, and to promoting a dialogue that is interfaith and multi-science. It aims to stimulate interdisciplinary thinking and discussion in contemporary society and to foster encounters of Religion with Science by means of lectures, conferences, workshops, dialogue groups, as well as activities that support a more integrated approach to the teaching of religion and science. Click here to visit their website.


Chestnut Hill College

Chestnut Hill College is a Roman Catholic college in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1924 as a women’s college by the Sisters of St. Joseph. It was originally named Mount Saint Joseph College. In 1980, the college established a coeducational graduate education program and started to admit male students to its undergraduate programs in 2003. As of 2012, a total of 2,318 students were enrolled in Chestnut Hill College’s three constituent schools, with fewer than 900 as undergraduates. Click here to visit their website.

Venue Address


Commonwealth Chateau at SugarLoaf
Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA
December 6 – 8, 2019

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Registration for the event includes participation in all plenary talks, a centering prayer session, small group discussions, and Teilhard’s “Mass on the World.” It also includes a Friday evening hors d’oeuvre reception, Saturday night dinner, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and coffee breaks throughout the event.

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