Spoken word poet, professor, writer, activist
The Sciences of Interconnection: Cosmology, Ecology, Poetry and Justice
The universe is a seamless unfolding process that has swirled itself into galaxies, planets, and people. According to cosmological thinker Thomas Berry, the universe story is best understood as an immense celebration. In this talk and poetry reading Drew Dellinger will describe cosmology, ecology, poetry and justice as four “sciences” for exploring our connection to the cosmos. These disciplines offer unique ways of understanding, experiencing and embodying nonduality.
In cosmology we fuse science and myth to weave ourselves into a sacred universe, formulating a foundational story for our culture that can orient and guide us, even in turbulent times.
Ecology reveals the unity and creativity of the living Planet Earth, and calls us to protect its fragile blossoming. The Earth is the context and source of our existence, a precious reality that has been evolving for 4.5 billion years as a kind of portal for the flowering of the wild mind of the universe.
In poetry we deepen our communion with the planet, the universe, all phenomena, all beings, and the cosmos of the human heart. As in the “haiku moment” of the Japanese tradition, poetry can dissolve the dualism between “observer” and “world,” ushering in a wave of nonduality.
In movements for justice we engage in creating a human society that embodies our interconnection and honors the sacred dignity of every individual. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “It really boils down to this, that all life is interrelated.” Our oneness calls us to incisive awareness and tireless action to remove all systems of injustice, oppression, exploitation, and violence. The full realization of nonduality should lead to a civilization of peace, compassion and justice.
Through the sciences of cosmology, ecology, poetry and justice, Dellinger will evoke the sacred unity of the universe, earth and human, and the celebration that is the interconnected cosmos.
Drew Dellinger (PhD candidate) is a poet, teacher, writer and speaker who has inspired minds and hearts around the world, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology and compassion. He is also a consultant, publisher, and founder of Planetize the Movement Press.