The Universe Story

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The Institute for Theological Partnerships of the University of Winchester University in association with GreenSpirit presents:

The Universe Story: Understanding and Experiencing the Unfolding Story

A Conference at the University of Winchester
Friday 29th June – Sunday, 1st July 2018

The Universe Story is the story as revealed by science, from the big bang 13.8 billion years ago, through the creation of the stars, galaxies, planet Earth, life on Earth and our human journey.

All cultures have a creation story – a story that describes where we have come from and about our place in the world. The Universe Story can be thought of as a modern creation story; a story for all people and the whole planet.

More than this, the story can evoke feelings of awe and wonder. Feelings that open us up to the beauty and magnificence of the Earth. Feelings that can inspire us to protect and take care of the Earth and all living beings.

Throughout the 13.8 billion year journey of the Universe, the Universe has always created diversity. Whether this is different planets, trees, plants, animals or humans, there is diversity all around. We find that diversity is important: for instance different atoms create molecules. Different molecules form life. And in our human experience, people join together in different groups and organisations. All of these differences are important in creating the eco-systems and human societies on which we depend. This leads us to understand that our differences are part of the solution, not part of the problem.

And finally, the Universe Story shows us that we have this one, precious planet in which to live. The amazing journey of the Earth’s creation and evolution show us that we need to take care of our home – for ourselves and for future generations of all life on Earth.

If you want to learn about the Universe Story, GreenSpirit has published a book in printed and ebook format: The Universe Story in Science and Myth by Greg Morter and Niamh Brennan.  Click here to find out more about the book.

Here are some resources about the Universe Story:

Universe Story Walks

Timeline of evolution on wikipedia

GreenSpirit Resources

Big History Project

Journey of the Universe

Thomas Berry

Great Story Website

Cosmic Walk at the University of Winchester

Deep Time Journey Network

Other Books

The Universe Story by Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme

Journey of the Universe by Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker

Evolutionaries by Carter Phipps


The Universe Story is full of amazing facts. Below is a list of some of stages of the Universe Story – there are many others.

Note: Some scientists have different theories for some of the dates.

Years Ago Event
13.8 billion years The flaring forth of the Universe
13.4 billions years Birth of the galaxies
5 billion years Supernova – the explosion of an ancient stars begin that created many of the elements that we find in the planets and on Earth.
4.5 billion years The Earth was formed
3.8 billion years Earliest life began
2 billion years First complex cells
1 billion years First multi-cellular oragnism
400 million years First life on land
200 million years First mammals
65 million years Dinosaurs die out
5 million years Hominids – our ancestors
200,000 years Modern humans
5,000 years Recorded human history
Today What will the Earth be like in the future?