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Climate, Cosmology & Consciousness: From Chaos to Cosmos

Friday, June 3, 2022

Climate | Hosted Online

Program Description

Climate, Cosmology & Consciousness: From Chaos to Cosmos

At no other point in the history of humanity has ecological survival been so imminently threatened by climate crises. Join three leading scholars and environmental activists for an emerging and inspired vision of a possible path forward as we shift from crisis to consciousness and chaos to cosmos.

Climate Chaos and the Soul of the World

Jeffrey T. Kiehl

“Our psyche is set up in accord with the structure of the universe, and what happens in the macrocosm likewise happens in the infinitesimal and most subjective reaches of the psyche.” ~ C. G. Jung

Human caused climate chaos has placed life on the planet in a precarious situation. Depth psychology provides a more holistic psychological view of psyche and psyche’s relationship to Nature and, as such, offers a deeper way to understand our role in climate chaos. In this presentation, I explore how unconscious dynamic processes relate to climate chaos and how this perspective may help us weave a tapestry for a new cosmology; one that redefines our relationship to the world allowing us to experience the numinous nature of Anima Mundi, or Soul of the World.

Climate Crisis: A Crisis of Cosmology

Joseph Mitchell

From all the evidence available today, we know the world is more expansive and interconnected than anyone previously imagined. Drawing upon the insights of Thomas Berry, one of the twentieth century’s most prescient and profound ecological thinkers, this presentation will explore what is being called a “new cosmology” – the shift that is taking place in our understanding of the world and the role of the human within it. It will also consider how a new cosmology can help us meaningfully address the climate crisis and make a transition from a period of human devastation of Earth to a period when humans would recognize the sacredness of all creation and find their place within the web of life.

Climate Crisis: A Crisis of Consciousness

Kathleen Noone Deignan

“See or perish”: the existential exhortation offered by priest-scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin whose entire life’s work was given to engaging this enigmatic koan. A paleontologist turned cosmologist, the 20th century visionary enlarged the frame of inquiry concerning humanity’s cosmic vocation within an evolving universe advancing toward its still emergent horizon – a conversation ongoing on many fronts with mounting urgency.

Teilhard perceived that our species’ perilous journey toward an ever-unfolding future follows a route through material complexification leading to circuits of convergence. Such confluent tracks open in the direction of highways of consciousness and fields of creative awareness. In these terrestrial arenas the human species arduously labors and “gropes” toward greater unity of purpose and collaboration if we would “build the Earth.”

“But unity grows only if it is supported by an increase of consciousness, of vision,” writes Teilhard.

This conversation will explore Teilhard’s wisdom concerning the great derangement of a hard-won climate for life and consciousness on planet Earth seen as an arrestment of human comprehension of the nature of cosmogenesis in which we abide. We listen to hear Teilhard’s therapy to heal the eclipse of our species’ ecological sight and insight.

Program Details


June 3, 2022 (Friday)
9:00am-12:15pm PT

Live via Zoom


  • $40 General Rate
  • $35 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
  • $25 Pacifica Student Rate

Program link will be sent out prior to the event. For those unable to attend live, the presentation will be recorded and the link shared after the event.

Featured Presenters

Jeffrey-T-KiehlJeffrey Kiehl, PhD, is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst and senior training analyst for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He was a climate scientist for 40 years and the author of Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future, which provides a Jungian perspective on climate change. Jeffrey has presented on various Jungian topics at national and international conferences.

Joseph Mitchell, CP, is member of the Passionist Community and a priest in the Roman Catholic tradition. He received training in theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and earned a graduate degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He has been shaped and inspired by the vision of Thomas Berry, understanding the Earth to be a single sacred community. His current work focuses on the emerging scientific cosmology, the implications it has for our human institutions, and the consequences it has for human self-understanding. Toward this goal, he founded the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center in Louisville, KY, an organization dedicated to Earth and human flourishing. He currently serves there as president and resident teacher of meditation, cosmology, and Earth literacy.

Kathleen Noone Deignan, CND, PhD, retired Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, and Founding Director of The Kathleen Deignan Institute for Earth and Spirit at Iona College. A Catholic Sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame, she is a composer and author of numerous publications on the ecological vision of Thomas Merton and a Board Member of the American Teilhard Association. She is currently completing a book on Teilhard de Chardin.

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