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Daoist, ethicist, Confucian views close week examining ‘Journey’

Daoist, ethicist, Confucian views close week examining ‘Journey’

Week One’s Interfaith Lecture Series on the documentary film “Journey of the Universe” concluded Friday with lectures by James Miller, a scholar of Daoism; Lisa Sideris, an environmental ethicist; and Mary Evelyn Tucker, a co-producer of the film and a scholar of Confucianism.
James Miller

“I’d like you to think of this story of cosmic evolution not so much as a linear narrative … but as a kind of pattern that keeps on repeating itself,” said James Miller, associate professor of religious studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Three more views round out week exploring ‘Journey’

Three more views round out week exploring ‘Journey’

The Chinese symbol xin, pronounced “sheen,” has two definitions: heart and mind.

“Isn’t that concept incredible?” Mary Evelyn Tucker asked in Monday’s Interfaith Lecture.

According to the teachings of Confucianism, the synthesis of heart and mind, or of feelings and rationale, need not be viewed as separate entities. Rather, what feels right in the heart should affect what is in the mind — a humanitarian principle that should inform one’s perspective of the universe.

Tucker will speak at 2 p.m. today in the Amphitheater on how the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius are related to the universe. The program will also feature lecturers discussing Daosim and environmental ethics.