An epic story of the emergence of the universe and the community of life, with a new vision for how we might bring forth a vibrant Earth Community

Film, Book, Conversations Series, and Online Classes

Created by Brian Thomas Swimme & Mary Evelyn Tucker

This Emmy award-winning documentary film project, companion book, Conversations series, and online classes are a collaboration of evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.

The companion book  is published by Yale University Press. The 20-part Conversations series is ideal for discussion in classrooms or community centers. It consists of half hour interviews of scientists and environmentalists who are inspired by the context of the Journey of the Universe. They provide further details on the story and suggest ways forward in our critical moment.

The HD film, which is 50 minutes in length, has been shown on public television through the San Francisco KQED station. Available as a DVD it is ideal for discussion and further reflection.

Using his skills as a masterful storyteller in the film, Swimme connects such big picture issues as the birth of the cosmos 14 billion years ago – to the invisible frontiers of the human genome – as well as to our current impact on Earth’s evolutionary dynamics. Through his engaging and thoughtful observations audiences everywhere can discover the profound role we play in this intricate web of life. From the Big Bang–to the epic impact humans have on the planet today–this film is designed to inspire a new and closer relationship with Earth in a period of growing environmental and social crisis.

Beautifully filmed in high-definition, our grand tour begins on the historically rich Greek island of Samos, birthplace of mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras. Disembarking on the island at dawn, Swimme expertly guides us on an exhilarating trek through time and space, sharing a wondrous view of cosmic evolution as a process based on immense creativity, connection, and interdependence. After the toll of midnight, he sets sail into the star-lit waters of the North Aegean Sea, leaving audiences with a sense of wonder at the mystery, complexity and connectivity that permeates the Earth and universe from the very beginning.

Big science, big history, big story, this one-of-a-kind Journey of the Universe film project has been created by an acclaimed team of internationally-recognized scientists, scholars, and award-winning filmmakers. See


Yale University Online Classes:

“Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times”

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale School of the Environment, are currently offering three six-week online courses. These are featured as a specialization under the theme of "Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times." This includes two courses on Journey of the Universe and a course on the Worldview of Thomas Berry. Each of these courses can be taken independently.

These are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) available on Coursera to anyone, anywhere on the planet. This is the first MOOC specialization for Yale and the first MOOCs for the Yale School of the Environment.

See the landing page at Yale announcing the courses.

You may formally register to be a full participant in any of the classes for a fee. This means you will get some feedback. Upon completing all the courses you will receive a certificate of completion.

Alternatively you may audit the course free of charge.

Enroll in the courses and read all of the course descriptions.

View the flyer.

Read testimonials from participants.

These courses were officially launched on September 21, 2016.

There are 3 six-week courses.

Courses begin every 4 weeks. Students can enroll at anytime.

Learn more here.


Chinese Translations

On October 1, 2017, the Journey of the Universe courses and the Thomas Berry course were launched in Chinese through Yale/Coursera. The Chinese versions of these Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are accessible here:

Watch the Chinese version of the Journey of the Universe film here.

Photos from the Film


Related Book:

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Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe
Edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Orbis Books, 2016