Author Archives: The Sophia Center

Terry Smith – Living the Great Work

“The true way…the more I am able to affirm others, to say ‘yes’ to them in myself and myself in them, the more real I am. I am fully real if my own heart says yes to everyone.” Thomas Merton … Continue reading

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Living the Great Work – Mary Alice Dooley

Once strangers, Mary Alice Dooley and I began the Sophia weekend program in the autumn 2002, a program into which she was instantly drawn.  At the end of a long intense corporate career and series of cancer treatments, Mary Alice … Continue reading

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Sister Dorothy Stang, Martyr of the Amazon

Dorothy Stang, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 58 years, was born in 1931 on a farm outside Dayton, Ohio. Forty of those years she lived in Brazil, advocating for the poor and the Amazon rainforest within which … Continue reading

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Trevor Parton Living the New Cosmology

A Christian Brother for more than 50 years, Trevor Parton currently lives in Glenburn, Australia (80 km northeast of Melbourne). He has spent most of his life as a teacher of science and mathematics, three times stepping into the role … Continue reading

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Jim Facette – Living the New Cosmology

Jim Facette is a Marianist Brother currently living in Dayton, Ohio.  Born and raised in Milwaukee, he entered the Marianist order right after high school.  Jim taught high school math and physics for 25 years, later moving into parish work, … Continue reading

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Mary Orlando – Living the New Cosmology

Mary Orlando is a Montessori educator at the Villa Montessori School in Phoenix, AR. She has worked there for the past 31 years as a lead teacher at the Preprimary, Elementary 1 and 2, and Middle School levels. For the … Continue reading

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Pat Seimen — Living the New Cosmology

Patricia Siemen grew up on a family farm in rural Michigan and is an Adrian Dominican Sister. Since completing her undergraduate degree, she has been involved in social justice issues, including working at Network in Washington, D.C. to change public … Continue reading

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Denise Rusing—Living the New Cosmology

Denise is an environmental engineer, an organic grower and a regenerative ecological designer (certified permaculturist) in Lake County California. In 2004 she founded Dancing TreePeople Organic Orchard and Garden in Upper Lake, CA where she practices ecological gardening and sustainable … Continue reading

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Joy Gribble Interview – part 2

Joy, tell me a little about yourself. I was born in Bay City, Michigan thirty-two years ago. My parents are an ex-priest and ex-nun who discovered Thomas Berry in the eighties, introducing it to me at about the age of … Continue reading

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Joy Gribble on integrating the Universe Story into daily life – part 1

Joy Gribble is the wife of Tom Gribble, a prior Sophia student, and the full time mother of two young boys (3 ½ and 1 ½) with another child due in February. This young woman has taken the Universe Story … Continue reading

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