“Is That Your Father?”

Thomas Berry as Mentor: A Personal Memoir

The students hear Thomas describe his boyhood experience of a beautiful meadow... and they marvel at how this became, for him,“the basic determinant of my sense of reality and values. Whatever fosters this meadow is good. What does harm to this meadow is not good. A good economic, or political, or educational system is one that would preserve that meadow, and a good religion would reveal the deeper experience of that meadow and how it came into being... ”

Ted Purcell, M.Div., D.Min., is a campus minister at Duke University with a long time interest in the place where spirituality and care for the earth intersect.

Spring 2008 Issue

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