2017 ATA Annual Meeting

On May 20, 2017 the American Teilhard Association held its annual meeting and celebrated 30 years of John Grim's tenure as president of the ATA. He was presented with the Thomas Berry award for his service to the Great Work. We also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the ATA. Watch the video or listen to the audio recording of John's talk on “Cosmology and Ecology: The Influence of Teilhard on Berry.” View photos from the event.


The American Teilhard Association

Exploring and building on the life and work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


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2017 American Teilhard Association Annual Meeting.
Lecture by John Grim on "Cosmology and Ecology:
The Influence of Teilhard on Berry."


The American Teilhard Association, since its foundation in 1967, is committed to making the thought and vision of Teilhard more widely available. the Association seeks to bring an encompassing perspective to this great task of shaping the well-being of the Earth community at a time when so many disintegrating forces are at work. Teilhard’s vision of the sequential evolution of the universe provides a firm and inspiring basis upon which to envision a sustainable future. This vision flows through his unified narrative of the evolutionary sequence of the emerging universe - the galaxies, the solar system, the Earth with its living forms, human history, and humanity's place in the evolving cosmos. This narrative from its origin to the human phenomenon can provide a firm and inspiring basis upon which to proceed. Now, for the first time, humanity is converging towards a new unity in diversity in shaping a multiform planetary civilization. To assist in this work, the Association, since its foundation in 1967, has sponsored annual conferences, lecture series, and a variety of publications. Learn More


Teilhard de Chardin


The Life of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was born on May 1st, 1881 to Emmanuel and Berthe-Adele Teilhard de Chardin. While both of his parental lineages were distinguished, it is noteworthy that his mother was the great grandniece of Francois-Marie Arouet, more popularly known as Voltaire. He was the fourth of the couple's eleven children and was born at the family estate of Sarcenat near the twin cities of Clermont-Ferrand in the ancient province of Auvergne. The long extinct volcanic peaks of Auvergne and the forested preserves of this southern province left an indelible mark on Teilhard. Learn More