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KDuffyKathleen Duffy
President


Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD, President of the American Teilhard Association, is Professor Emerita of Physics at Chestnut Hill College where she directs the Institute for Religion and Science. She is former editor of Teilhard Studies and serves on the Advisory Board of Cosmos and Creation. She has published Teilhard’s Mysticism: Seeing the Inner Face of Evolution (Orbis, 2014), Teilhard’s Struggle: Embracing the Work of Evolution (Orbis, 2019), an edited volume of essays entitled Rediscovering Teilhard’s Fire (St. Joseph’s University Press, 2010), as well as several book chapters and articles that deal with connections between Teilhard’s religious essays and modern science. Kathleen also guides evening, weekend, and week-long retreats on topics related to Teilhard’s life and work.



Jennifer-Morgan-Headshot-300x300Jennifer Morgan
Vice President

Jennifer Morgan is an award-winning author, storyteller, and educator inspired by the work of Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, and Brian Swimme. Her Universe Story Trilogy — Born With a Bang, From Lava to Live, and Mammals Who Morph are used in classrooms around the world, particularly in Montessori schools as part of the Cosmic Education Curriculum, and have received the Teachers Choice Award, Nautilus Semi Finalist, highest ratings from AAAS and endorsements from Jane Goodall, Neil de Grasse Tyson, astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme and others. She’s founder and president of the Deeptime Network (dtnetwork.org), a global educational network that offers professional development, courses and study groups in the New Cosmology. Members can blog and add resources and events, and promote their work through DTNetwork social media.



Jacob-BurnsImogene Drummond
Secretary

Imogene Drummond, M.F.A., M.S.W., A.C.S.W., has been a member of the American Teilhard Association since 1995, and on the Board of Directors since 2015. Imogene is an internationally collected painter, award-winning filmmaker, video installation artist, educator, and former psychotherapist. Her Divine Sparks film and creativity program connect the creativity and transformation in the universe with our own potential for creativity and transformation. Her immersive video installation helps people experience that we are all physically part of the cosmos. Due to painting expeditions to sacred sites around the world, Drummond became a member of the Society of Woman Geographers whose membership includes explorers of ideas as well as geography, among them Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, and Jane Goodall. Visit her website.


Paula foto edit1Paula Guarnaccia
Treasurer

Paula Guarnaccia, MEd is the current Treasurer of the American Teilhard Association. She has been an active member of ATA since 2012. Paula’s primary work is in partnership with her husband, the composer, Sam Guarnaccia. Together they created the Emergent Universe Oratorio Project which is a choral orchestral musical rendering of the story of our evolving Universe to the present day. It was inspired both by the work of Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry. Paula’s background is in administration in both higher education and healthcare. At the time of her retirement from the University of Vermont, College of Arts and Sciences, she was the Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance. Prior to that position for almost twenty years she had been an Administrative Director for the University of Vermont College of Medicine Health Network.



 

Laura EloeLaura Eloe
Chair of Publications


Laura Eloe, PhD works in the office of the Fr. William J. Ferree, S.M. Chair of Social Justice and is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton in Ohio. She has been a member of the American Teilhard Association since 2016 and is the editor of Teilhard Studies. Her 2019 dissertation at the University of Dayton, titled Loosing the Bound: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's Analogical Imagination in the Post-Euclidean Tradition explores the impact of Teilhard's baccalaureate studies in mathematics and his long-time relationship with mathematician and philosopher Édouard Le Roy on his writing. In 2019 she published "From Newman through Teilhard and Beyond" in the Newman Studies Journal, an expanded version of a talk given at the 2018 "Newman and 20th Century Thinkers" conference of the Newman Association of America.

  

unnamed-7Angela Manno
Chair of Communications

Angela Manno
 is an internationally exhibited artist and iconographer whose work has been deeply influenced by Teilhard, Thomas Berry and her years long practice in Byzantine-Russian iconography under Master iconographer, Vladislav Andreyev. Her award-winning art resides private collections around the world and in the NASA and Smithsonian fine art collections. She studied Earth Literacy at Genesis Farm in its three month long Earth Literacy program and holds a Bachelor’s degree in French from Bard College. Her most recent project, “Sacred Icons of Endangered Species,” depicts non-human species in a traditionally religious form - the icon, originating in the monasteries of 14th-16th century Russia, in order to awaken a sense of the Sacred for all living beings and ecosystems. Each time she sells one of her icons, she donates 50% to the Center for Biological Diversity, a highly successful organization protecting critical habitat for all creatures great and small on the brink of extinction. Visit her website.

 

Santiago Aranda has been a member of the Board of the American Teilhard Association since 2008. He has a BS in Environmental Sciences and a BA in Philosophy from the Loyola University Chicago. Sant has postgraduate studies in Sustainable Design of Human Settlements, Sustainable Construction and in Conflict Resolution including courses on The Earth Story. Hs professional career revolves around sustainability and shaping our future in the spirit of Teilhard by designing and building several sustainable human settlements as well as energy projects. He has advised new businesses and companies to make their production processes more efficient and incorporate elements of sustainability in them. Between 2006 and 2007, Santiago guided eco-spirituality programs which focused on caring for the environment and environmental education. He has taught classes and conferences on sustainability, infrastructure design and construction. In 2016 he helped produced El Corazon de la Materia, a play about the life of Teilhard intertwined with current-day events.



unnamed-2Bede Benjamin Bidlack is Associate Professor of Theology at Saint Anselm College. He  teaches and publishes in the areas of creation theology (anthropology and sacramental theology), comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, Daoist Studies, and philosophy. He is the author of, among other things, In Good Company: Body and Divinization in Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Daoist Xiao Yingsou (Brill 2015).



Canzona Photo1Joshua Canzona earned a PhD in Theological and Religious Studies from Georgetown University in 2018 with a dissertation comparing the thought of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Muhammad Iqbal, the intellectual father of Pakistan. Dr. Canzona is currently serving as the Associate Ombudsman at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where he acts as a confidential and alternative dispute resolution resource for over 40,000 students, faculty, and staff. He also teaches graduate courses on comparative mysticism, Muslim-Christian dialogue, and religion and art at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity.



Brother Kevin Cawley, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona College. Kevin serves at United Nations Headquarters in New York as the Main Representative of Edmund Rice International (ERI), and he produces a monthly newsletter for this organization on environmental concerns, Carbon Rangers/Ecozoic Times.



Mary Conrow Coelho brings her theological studies, her background in science as a biology teacher and her excitement about our transformed worldview to her work as a watercolor painter. In addition to realistic watercolors, some of her paintings have images evoking the new cosmology. Her accordion books are reflections on the insights of voices that speak to the new cosmology in a series of small paintings. A few of her paintings and some accordion books are on her website. Mrs. Coelho is a signature member of the Northeast Watercolor Society, exhibiting her paintings in the northeast. Mary is author of the book Awakening Universe, Emerging Personhood. (Wyndham Hall Press, 2002) and a number of articles. She has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Friends Committee on Unity with Nature, is on the board of The American Teilhard Association and founder with others of the New Story Group at Friends Meeting at Cambridge and a similar group in New York City. She has led a number of workshops on the integration of the epic of evolution and the Western contemplative/mystical tradition.



Screen Shot 2020-11-12 at 11.03.39 AMKathleen Noone Deignan, PhD Kathleen Noone Deignan, CND is a sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame, a teaching theologian and founding director of the Deignan Institute for Earth and Spirit at Iona College.  A student of Thomas Berry while studying at Fordham University, she is a founding convener of the Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue and a GreenFaith Fellow engaged in interfaith environmental leadership.  President Emerita of the International Thomas Merton Society, Sister Kathleen's books include When the Trees Say Nothing: Thomas Merton's Writings on Nature and Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours, and ChristSpirit: The Theology of Shaker Christianity.  She is composer in residence with Schola Ministries that has produced more than a dozen collections of her original music in service to the liturgical and contemplative arts.


 

Judith EmeryJudith Emery has spent 46 years as a publishing professional in various roles, primarily working in production management. She worked for clean water for over 50 years through various organizations, including the Sierra Club and Environment New York. Judith was appointed to the Advisory Board of the ATA by Thomas Berry in the 1984 and later to the Board of Directors.






thumbnail Frank and Mary in Hastings w subtitle2Frank and Mary Frost are independent documentary filmmakers with more than 35 years of experience. Frank earned his Ph.D. in Cinema from the University of Southern California. Mary is a journalism graduate of the University of Toledo and was a syndicated reporter on Capitol Hill before joining Frank Frost Productions. The Frosts are producing a film on the life of Teilhard de Chardin for public television. The 2-hour television biography relies heavily on Teilhard’s own words and those of his correspondents as found in his prolific writings. Interviews with noted Teilhard scholars provide context and interpretation. Filming is complete at major locations where Teilhard lived and worked in France, England, and China. Post-production is underway. “Rediscovering Fire: The Evolution of Teilhard de Chardin,” will be the first ever television documentary on Teilhard for American television.



John Grim-125x156John Grim, PhD is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar teaching in the joint MA program in religion and ecology at Yale University School of the Environment and Yale Divinity School. He is co- founder and co-director of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology with his wife, Mary Evelyn Tucker. With Tucker, Grim directed a 10-conference series and book project at Harvard on “World Religions and Ecology.” Grim is the author of The Shaman: Patterns of Religious Healing Among the Ojibway Indians (University of Oklahoma Press, 1983). Grim edited Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: The Interbeing of Cosmology and Community (Harvard, 2001). Grim and Tucker are authors of Ecology and Religion (Island Press, 2014). Together they edited Thomas Berry’s books and published Thomas Berry: A Biography (Columbia University Press, 2019). They have edited the following volumes: Worldviews and Ecology (Orbis, 1994); Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change? (Daedalus 2001); Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community (Orbis, 2014); and Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe (Orbis, 2016), and with Willis Jenkins the Routledge Handbook on Religion and Ecology (Routledge, 2016). John is the co- executive producer of the Emmy award winning film, Journey of the Universe. He is the past President of the American Teilhard Association.



Sam Guarnaccia is a composer, performer, scholar, and founder/director of Sam Guarnaccia Music. A classical guitarist, he studied privately, at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and received a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. He created, and for ten years taught and directed the guitar program of the University of Denver’s renowned Lamont School of Music. He has also taught and instituted programs at Middlebury College and the University of Vermont, as Spanish scholar, performer, and composer. His cycle of nine peace songs has been incorporated into a children’s peace education curriculum. His work, A Celtic Mass for Peace, Songs for the Earth, a collaboration with Celtic Spirituality scholar, writer, and teacher, John Philip Newell, has been performed all over the United States, Iona and Edinburgh, Scotland, and was featured in a major Peace celebration on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on September 11, 2011, in New York and in Vermont. His most recent major work, the Emergent Universe Oratorio, first performed in Shelburne, Vermont in 2013, had its world premiere with new libretto and full orchestra in Cleveland in June 2017. It was also performed by the Mainline Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Villanova University in July 2018 at the International Big History Association World Conference. With creative partner/producer Paula Guarnaccia, a performance is now being planned with the Albany Pro Musica, at RPI Experimental Media Performing Arts Center in Troy, New York for March, 2022.



Doug HertlerDouglas Hertler, aka Doug Lory, is a professional actor, playwright, retreat leader, and NYC tour guide. He also works at Fordham University School of Law as an actor/educator. His one-man play Merton and Me, A Living Trinity, debuted in the fall of 2018 for the Corpus Christi Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS) in NYC, where Doug is a member. Doug holds a BA in Speech/Communication/Theatre from Monmouth University and is currently researching a book with the working title, “God’s Manhattan Project, the Ultimate Human Experiment,” exploring the dynamism and diversity of NYC through Teilhard’s hopeful and inspiring vision that “Union Differentiates,” and that humanity will someday “harness the energies of love.” Visit his website.


 

unnamed-2Kusumita P. Pedersen is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at St. Francis College and Chair of the Interfaith Center of New York. She is also a member of the Climate Action Task Force (CATF) of the Parliament of the World's Religions and of the Climate Working Group of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations. She is co-author of Global Ethics in Practice: Historical Backgrounds, Current Issues and Future Prospects (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and co-author of Faith for Earth: A Call to Action (UN Environment Programme and Parliament of the World’s Religions, 2020). She has been a student of Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) since 1971 and her book Love and Transformation: The Philosophy of Sri Chinmoy is forthcoming from Lexington Books.


Andrew del RossiAndrew Del Rossi, Th.D. : Andrew Del Rossi's professional journey has allowed him to serve as a theology teacher, service-learning educator, campus minister, non-profit operator, and palliative care consultant for alternative and holistic therapies.  He is currently the Director of the Spirituality Center at Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, PA and is publishing and presenting on Teilhard, spirituality, and psychology. He was recently nominated to the board of the American Teilhard Association and is the editor of Teilhard Perspective.  Andrew resides in New Jersey with his wife and their two children. 


LOU Savary ATALouis M. Savary, PhD, STD, holds two doctorates, one in mathematical statistics and another in theology. He was a Jesuit for thirty years, and for the past forty years has been explaining Teilhard's ideas in ordinary language. He has published over eight books on Teilhard, including "The Divine Milieu" Explained and "The Phenomenon of Man" Explained. He has written The New Spiritual Exercises: In the Spirit of Teilhard de Chardin, bringing Teilhard's evolutionary perspective to the classic Ignatian Exercises. He has also written essays for Teilhard Studies. He lives with his wife and, often, co-author, Patricia H. Berne, a clinical psychologist, in Tampa, Florida.



Daniel P. ScheidDaniel P. Scheid, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Boston College (2008), his M.A. in Theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and his A.B. in History from Princeton University. His theological work focuses on interreligious ecological ethics, drawing on Catholic social thought and comparative theology, with particular attention to Catholic-Hindu and Catholic-Buddhist dialogue. In addition to multiple journal articles and book chapters, he is the author of The Cosmic Common Good: Religious Grounds for Ecological Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2016), which reorients ecologically key principles of Catholic social thought and places these in dialogue with Hindu, Buddhist, and American Indian religious traditions. Dan and his wife, Anna, live in Pittsburgh with their three children.



met 9.2020 cropped high resMary Evelyn Tucker, PhD is co-director of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology where she teaches in an MA program between the School of the Environment and the Divinity School. With John Grim she organized 10 conferences on World Religions and Ecology at Harvard. They were series editors for the 10 resulting volumes from Harvard. She co-edited Confucianism and Ecology, Buddhism and Ecology, and Hinduism and Ecology. She has authored with John Grim, Ecology and Religion (Island Press, 2014). They also edited Thomas Berry’s books including Selected Writings (Orbis 2014). Tucker and Grim published Thomas Berry: A Biography (Columbia University Press, 2019). With Brian Thomas Swimme she wrote Journey of the Universe (Yale 2011) and was the executive producer of the Emmy award winning Journey film that aired on PBS. She served on the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee and was a member of the Earth Charter International Council.



vilasThe Rev. Franklin E. Vilas, D.Min., known to his friends as “Skip,” was born and grew up in New York City. Attending Yale University and Virginia Theological Seminary, he was ordained to the Priesthood of the Episcopal Church in 1960. He has served as curate in St. Mark’s Church, New Canaan, Ct. and rector of St. John’s in Beverly Farms, MA, St. Anne’s in Brooklyn Heights, NY and St. Paul’s in Chatham, NJ. In the 1970's, Skip was Priest-in-Charge of Trinity Church, Wall Street and St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan. He served for 5 years as Program Director of the Diocese of Connecticut, and for 6 as Executive Director of Wainwright House Conference Center in Rye, NY. Since retirement from Chatham in the year 2,000 Skip and his wife Joyce have served as an interim team at All Saint’s, Bay Head, the Port Newark facility of the Seamen’s Church Institute, St. Andrew’s in New Providence, St. Luke’s in Gladstone-Peapack, and St. Mark’s in Basking Ridge, NJ. He most recently served for three years as Priest-in-Charge of St. Bernard’s in Bernardsville. During his career, Skip had been involved in the field of mental health, serving as President of the C.G. Jung Foundation in the 1970s. He also served in the Carter administration as one of 12 members of the President’s Commission on Mental Health. While at St. Ann’s, he founded Pastoral and Educational Services, which has evolved as Brooklyn Community Housing and Services. In recent decades he has been engaged in the ministries of environmental stewardship and ecojustice. He is the founder of the national Episcopal Environmental Network  and of GreenFaith, an interfaith statewide organization in New Jersey. He served on an interfaith advisory committee to the United Nations Environment Programme, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition. Skip and Joyce live at the Heath Village retirement community in Hackettstown, and have two grown daughters living in Manhattan and Colorado.



The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wright, board member of the American Teilhard Association, is the Pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, S. Burlington, VT and the Environmental Liaison for the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Dr. Wright coauthored (with Fr. Donald Kill) Ecological Healing: A Christian Vision (Orbis, 1993); “Christianity and Environmental Justice” (Crosscurrents, June 2011); and the chapter “Living Water,” in Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe (Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, eds., Orbis 2016). Previous ministries included Congregational Coordinator at Earth Ministry, Settle, and staff member at CODEL (Coordination in Development, Inc.), which funded international small-scale development projects. In addition to two advanced theological degrees, she holds an M.A. in Environmental Conservation Education. She and her congregation created the Congregational Watershed Discipleship Manual (Christian and interreligious versions) available for free PDF download or bound copy order here.