Q. How long does it take to grow a tree, a kangaroo or a child?
A. 13.75 billion years! As long as it takes to grow the Universe.
This was the theme of several events sponsored by the John Wallis Foundation in partnership with other bodies. The evening of 5 June 20112 Larry Edwards presented the John Wallis Memorial Lecture in Toowoomba (Q). The morning of that day, he presented a workshop, also in Toowoomba and on 6 June Larry presented a twilight workshop in Brisbane.
The presenter, Larry Edwards, scientist and historian of the Universe, held his audience spellbound as hetold the amazing story of The Gifts of the Universe: Living into Gratefulness.
Larry presented as gift each new development in the creation of the Universe, from its first existence as energy, to stars, galaxies and the supernova which birthed the stuff of the Earth and the elements from which life evolved. We can trace our ancestry right back to the beginning of the Universe and are related to all living creatures, as many indigenous peoples know intuitively. As we appreciate everything as gift, we become profoundly grateful. Will it also change the way we live?
Veronica Littleton responded to Larry’s presentation with a reflection on the Divine Mystery revealed in the Universe story. She called on us to develop an inner silence in which we can grow in mystical communion with God-in-all-things and all-things-in-God.
Larry Edwards has been teaching the Deep History of the Universe and its implications at the California Institute of Integral Studies(San Francisco USA), the University of Creation Spirituality (Oakland, CA, USA), Genesis Farm (Blairstown NJ USA) and the Dominican Ecocentre (Wicklow, Ireland). He earned his PH.D in chemical-physics from Harvard University, taught chemistry at several universities and worked at the National Science Foundation for many years.