Meet Dr. Kathleen Duffy, professor of Physics at Chestnut Hill College, who believes in the unity and interconnection between spirit and matter. Part 4/4.
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The Great Cosmic Tapestry Part 4/4 Male: Humankind has often looked upon the universe and then overwhelmed both by its incredible variety and by a deep sense of oneness. Poets, prophets, and now a growing number of scientists all speak of how everything is interconnected, matter and energy, action and intention, the earth and all life on it. Dr. Kathleen Duffy explores this idea, which she calls the Cosmic Tapestry. Kathleen Duffy: Some years ago, I read a passage from Teilhard where he talked about the texture of spirit and it just fascinated me so much. I thought about spirit as something we can’t see and so I didn’t ever think about its texture. So, I began to collect a lot of these quotes and was able to come up with what I called the Cosmic Tapestry. I mean Teilhard never called it that, but it seems that he’s talking about our interconnection with everything. He’s talking about a space time picture of the cosmos. So, we’re very much interconnected and this gives a beautiful image of that interconnectedness that we have and it’s this tapestry that Teilhard explores to try to find that interconnection. And then also what he’s doing is looking ahead, where is this tapestry going? Male: In addition to being an educator and a sister of Saint Joseph, Kathleen Duffy serves on a board of the American Teilhard Association. Since it began in 1967, the organization has sponsored conferences, discussion groups, and various publications centered on helping the global community achieve greater harmony and well being. Duffy also tries to do her part by bringing people from diverse backgrounds together and constructive dialogue as a member of the Metanexus Institute for Religion and Science. Known as the Philadelphia’s center for science and religion when it first began in 1998, the steadily growing organization has become truly international. Its current name, Metanexus, highlights the connectedness between religion and science that the institute tries to demonstrate and explore. Kathleen Duffy: Our mission is to encourage the style of a constructive dialogue between science and religion. We’re non-sectarian, interested in many different religions, many different sciences. We have members throughout the world. We’ve have a wonderful website that there are 8000 people come and receive mailings from the website. We have more than 300 groups and 40 different countries dialoging about science and religion. And we have a conference every year. Maybe 300 people attend that and discuss these issues more deeply. I’m very happy to be president of the poor right now. I feel it’s an exciting time to be involved with the group. Male: Science and religion have often been perceived as contradictory pursuits. Throughout history however, many great minds have considered the two indispensable partners in guiding and informing humanity. Today, scholars in various fields are pursuing the constructive interaction of science and religion in a host of exciting ways. The challenge now says Professor Duffy is spreading the world. Kathleen Duffy: I think at this point in time, a science and religion dialogue is in its beginning stages. And so, people who are interested in are often specialists in either science or religion. But I think what we’re doing now is exploring the territory so that hopefully in the end, it would be accessible to everyone, that everyone will be able to have some sense of the interconnection. I think we need to come up with a new paradigm almost and new departments, new field of study, new journals, new everything to explore this field and to really make it essential. So, it’s for everyone. Laura Wells: Across cultures and continents, creation, stories, and sacred texts speak of the diversity of the universe, emanating from a single act moment or point of unity whether that’ll be the word of the vibrations of a mystical syllable or the havens near together in one piece until divinely split a sender. And a similar vain discoveries and f