Begins November 7

Reading Circles: Teilhard’s Mysticism: Seeing the Inner Face of Evolution

The Institute for Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College holds monthly readings circles on Monday evening and Wednesday afternoon. At the present time, both circles are being held on Zoom. If you are interested in joining one of these, please email Kathy Duffy at

We will be reading and discussing:

Teilhard’s Mysticism: Seeing the Inner Face of Evolution by Kathleen Duffy, SSJ

This book is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.


Monday sessions: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm EST on November 7 and December 5

Wednesday sessions: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST on November 9 and December 7


September 30, 2022

“Emerging Hope in a Chaotic World”

With Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD

Online at 7pm EDT


Register here.

The universe we live in is dynamic, creative, beautiful and chaotic. During this session, we will consider what the universe can reveal about God and how we can become continually more conscious of its potential for hope in the midst of the chaos. We will consider what part chaos plays in the transformation of our personal, social lives and in the transformation of the world. 

November 10, 2022

“Ecotheology, or Why Climate Crisis and Eco-Anxiety Require a Radically Different Kind of Theology”

With Philip Clayton

Online at 7:00pm EST

Register here.

If anything has been scientifically established, it’s anthropogenic climate change. As we learned this last summer, climate disruption means floods, droughts, and fires ― levels of social and economic disruption we could hardly have imagined a few decades ago. The result is eco-anxiety and a pervasive sense of hopelessness, especially in younger people. What resources are available in the Christian tradition for addressing these challenges? Perhaps there is no other contemporary topic where theology and the natural (and social) sciences come together in more profound and important ways ― and certainly none on which the fate of the world’s ecosystems more urgently depend. In sharing some thoughts for us to discuss together, I will propose a theology that truly incorporates ecology into the very heart of its method and conclusions ― incorporates them as fully as Scholastic theology incorporated medieval philosophy. We will discover some amazing (and fruitful) implications for understanding God and God’s relationship to the world. The result is genuinely “theology in a new key” ― not in an artificial sense, but in a, well, organic way. And, I dare say, it’s an approach to theology that genuinely can bring hope.

November 29 – December 20, 2022

Walking with Teilhard Through Advent: “Contemplating the Divine Milieu”

With Anita Wood, DMin

Tuesdays at 6:30 to 7:30pm

Register directly with Anita Wood at by November 10.

A guided journey through Teilhard’s The Divine Milieu. Anita Wood will lead a contemplative dialogue on the material with a group of up to 8 participants. Participants will read sections of this book prior to each meeting and ponder questions which are provided by the facilitator ahead of time. Sliding scale of $40 – $60 and purchase of the book on your own.


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