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Exploring Pillar Two: The Living Universe

New Lebanon, New York

On Tuesday, January 14th at 7pm, Seven Pillars, in partnership with the Sufi Order International, will host a special screening of the award-winning documentary film Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation by evolutionary philosopher 
Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker, followed by a dialogue and discussion with Seven Pillars’ founder Pir Zia Inayat-Khan and Guiding Voice Sister Miriam MacGillis, facilitated by Executive Director Laurie Lane-Zucker.

Location: Abode of the Message, 5 Abode Road, Mediation Hall, New Lebanon, New York 12125

Cost: $15 (a limited number of reduced-fee scholarships are available, contact us at wisdom[at]sevenpillarshouse[dot]org for more information)

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Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation: Big science, big history, big story, this one-of-a-kind film was written by Swimme and Yale University historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe. Created by a renowned team of scientists, scholars, and award-winning filmmakers, Journey of the Universe was produced and directed by Patsy Northcutt and David Kennard. The story is also told with breathtaking clarity in the accompanying book written by Swimme and Tucker and published by Yale University Press. Read more at

Sister Miriam MacGillis,  a Seven Pillars Guiding Voice and long-time friend of Founder Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, is a member of the Dominican Sisterhood. Her life of service led her to the teachings of cosmologist Father Thomas Berry,  which struck a cord in her soul. The questions his teachings brought forth changed her life, and set her on a path of tireless work in the crusade against ecological destruction. In 2005 she received the Thomas Berry Award. In 2007 Grist magazine named her one of the world’s top 15 green religious leaders. She lectures extensively and has conducted workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Genesis Farm is rooted in a belief that the Universe, Earth, and all reality are permeated by the presence and power of that ultimate Holy Mystery that has been so deeply and richly expressed in the world’s spiritual traditions. They endeavor to ground their ecological and agricultural work in this deep belief. This Sacred Mystery, known by so many religious names, is the common thread in their efforts.

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Sister Miriam MacGillis is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. She lives and works at Genesis Farm, which she co-founded in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation. Genesis Farm is a learning center of Earth Studies, practicing biodynamic methods of agriculture, which are in tune with the natural rhythms of the Earth. Miriam invites us to see ourselves as a living part of a living cosmos, and lectures extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

Read more about Sister Miriam MacGillis

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan is a scholar and teacher of Sufism in the lineage of his grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan. He received his B.A. (Hons) in Persian Literature from the London School of Oriental and African Studies, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University. Pir Zia is founder of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, and also of Sulūk Academy, a school of contemplative study with branches in the U.S. and Europe. His most recent books are Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity and the Mystical Quest and Caravan of Souls: An Introduction to the Sufi Path of Hazrat Inayat Khan, both published by Sulūk Press, an imprint of Omega Publications.

Read more about Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

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