2021 ATA Annual Meeting

On June 12th, we will meet online for our 2021 American Teilhard Association Annual Meeting. Cynthia Bourgeault will speak about “Teilhard de Chardin: The Sphere of the Person.” Short presentations will also be given by Louis Savary, Marie Josèphe Conchon, and Marie Bayon de la Tour. Learn more here.

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Featured Project:

Journey of the Universe

Inspired by Teilhard, this project includes an Emmy award winning film, a Yale University Press book, 20 Conversations, and Yale/Coursera online classes.

Featured Essay:

“Teilhard’s Mysticism:
The Circle of Presence,”

By Kathleen Duffy, SSJ.
Translations in French and Spanish.


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


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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.





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.
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"Evolution's God: Teilhard de Chardin and the Varieties of Process Theology"

Don Viney, 8.14.2015On November 11, 2020, Donald Wayne Viney, University Professor from Pittsburg State University (Kansas), presented a lecture entitled, “Evolution’s God? Teilhard and the other Process Theologians.” Although Viney believes that Teilhard’s thought bears striking similarities to the process theism of his contemporaries, Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne, the differences can also be striking. All three are rightly classified as promoting versions of process theology, but they show by their divergences that process thought—especially process theism—is far from yielding a monolithic viewpoint on the theistic question. About 150 people joined on Zoom to hear Don’s lecture which was followed by time in virtual breakout rooms to share conversation about the lecture. We ended the session with a Q&A and then with a song written and sung by Don called “Teilhard’s Fire.” The song is based on the well-known quotation: “The day will come when, after harnessing . . . the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of Love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.” The recording of Don’s talk, his PowerPoint, and his song are available.