This November marks the centenary of the birth of Thomas Berry (1914-2009), one of the great prophets and spiritual masters of our time. A priest, a historian of religions and what he liked to call a "geologian," Berry was an early and significant voice awakening religious sensibilities to the environmental crisis. He is particularly well-known for his writing about the "universe story"—an awareness of the immensity of the cosmos and its implications for theological understanding and our relationship to Earth.
So, we are delighted to publish Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community in our Modern Spiritual Masters Series. Editors Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim were students of Berry and have devoted themselves to his legacy. Along with their expert selection of Berry's writings, they provide a cogent introduction to his life and work, noting, "One of Berry's central convictions was that as we began to see the universe as an unfolding symphony and Earth as a living planet, we would be able to find our role as participants in these dynamic processes... Thus, learning to work with nature's creativity would become our ‘Great Work' in the newly emerging ecological age that Berry called the Ecozoic era."