Father Thomas Berry — A Tribute

Thomas Berry, priest, visionary cosmologist and "geologian," died peacefully on June 1st at age 94. Berry was a gentle soul whose intimacy with nature and broad erudition enabled him to speak with a compelling voice about the immense story behind creation and this precious life on Earth, declaring "the Universe is primarily a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects."

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Memorial: John Michell 1933 to 2009

British philosopher and author John Michell passed from this world Friday, April 24, 2009, at the age of 76. Several of John Michell’s close friends and associates from within the Seven Pillars community share their tributes here. 

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Seven Pillars Website Relaunch

The sacred wisdom at the heart of the human experience is seeking its voice amidst the rapid transformations unfolding in our time. Seven Pillars is committed to serving this voice’s emergence and, toward this end, launched an initial website coinciding with Seven Pillars’ inauguration last fall. Since then we have received much helpful feedback to incorporate into our website relaunch taking place today. We now have one integrated website,, featuring Articles, Blogs, Calendar Listings, News, Video, Audio Podcasts, and two new sections, Poetry and Reviews. 

The new website also better highlights our four themes: Cosmology, Revelation, Mysticism and Chivalry, and better features the People within our community. Please visit and share the site, and encourage others to join our expanding email list. Help us gather and grow a community dedicated to creating a new planetary civilization for our time.

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Letter From Gaza

The recent war in Gaza was a very difficult chapter in the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians. Many civilians were wounded and killed on both sides, and especially in Gaza. We know that the price of the war is very high, not only in numbers of wounded and killed, but also in its effect on both societies—war results in an increase in fear, anger and hatred.

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Join Our Dialogue: The Economic “Crisis”

Recently a group of Seven Pillars’ Guiding Voices met via conference call to dialogue about the current economic climate, with Deepa Patel, a member of Seven Pillars’ board, as facilitator.

The conversation was a lively, two-hour exchange. Rather than post the entire transcript, we share excerpts compiled to present the core thinking of each of the participants.

We would like to invite you to join the conversation. What is your “core thinking” as it relates to the economic crisis? Is there a larger viewpoint to be taken during trying economic times, one that comes from a perspective of oneness, holism and sacredness?

To join the dialogue, please visit our new Director's Blog.

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Introducing Our Founder’s Blog

Seven Pillars has launched a new feature, a blog by our founder, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan. The new Founder's Blog can be found at

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Creating a Spiritual Voice for Transformation

Over 150 spiritual leaders and practitioners gathered in Aspen, Colorado from November 6th to 9th to explore ways to develop a collective voice for compassion, inclusion and peace in our nation and in the world.

The gathering was organized by the Global Peace Initiative of Women, and was motivated by a desire to come together to find: “universal principles that can guide the development of a new consciousness and new way of living, in harmony with our planet’s resources and needs, and in harmony with our fellow human beings.

GPIW planned this four day reflection to tap a collective spiritual wisdom and explore ways to respond to the crises in our times, with an emphasis on engaging the feminine principles of interdependence, receptivity, connection, inclusion and compassion. The gathering was organized under the direction and guidance of a group of American women of spiritual vision and commitment.

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Photos Now on Flickr

Seven Pillars' event photos are now available on flickr. Check out sevenpillarshouse on flickr, to see photos from Seven Pillars' Inauguration, Christian Revelation Dialogue, and Alchemy Workshop.

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Alchemy Workshop Preconference Event

We have just finalized plans to hold a special Alchemy Workshop, Thursday and Friday, August 28th and 29th, the two days before Seven Pillars Inauguration. Alchemy & the Physics of Life will be a hands-on training with practicing alchemist, Kevin Townley, and special guest, Peter Lamborn Wilson, both faculty of our Green Hermeticism track. For additional information and to register please click here.

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Seven Pillars Inauguration Registration: Now Open!

Registration is officially open for Seven Pillars Inauguration, to be held Labor Day weekend, August 29 through September 1, in New Lebanon, New York. Program and registration information can now be found on our website, at

We hope to see you on Labor Day!

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Noor Tour Podcast

Shrabani Basu, author of Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan, was interviewed by the online radio program, The Kamla Bhatt Show, during her North American tour, co-sponsored by Seven Pillars. To listen to the podcast, please visit

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Parabola Interview

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Seven Pillars’ founder, was interviewed in the Winter 2007 issue of Parabola Magazine. The issue’s theme is “The New World Order”. Copies can be ordered via the Back Issues link at

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