"Once upon a timeless time, out of the heart of Mystery (God), the Universe was dreamed into being. Some 14 billion years ago, time, space, matter and energy came billowing out of the great cauldron of creativity. From pregnant mysterious darkness, everything that was needed for us to be here now came as a single, precious perfect gift.
This is the story of the Universe. This is the story of the Sun, Moon and Earth. This is the story of all life. This is our story."
Thus began a performance of the Cosmic Dance, written by Mary Ellen Hill of California. On June 5, 2004, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie and their guests gathered in North Bay at their Motherhouse to see Sister Janet Speth dance while Sister Betty Lou Knox tell the story of the universe.
Sister Janet's sparkling blackout cape illustrated the birth of the Sun just five billion years ago. Then followed the Sun family of nine planets and many moons!
With the ongoing story of evolution, the black cape slipped away revealing a white cape, the creation of Sister Dorothy Grilles. Painted on the cape are the soaring eagle, the snowy polar bear, the elegant giraffe, stained glass butterfly, brawn of bison and rhinoceros and freedom of fish.
There was a sense of awe as the dancer spiraled around the circle. She sprinkled the participants with stars as the storyteller proclaimed, "We are all made of stardust!"
In conclusion, the audience shared their reflections of the question, "What spoke to you in the Cosmic Dance of God's great love for us?"
This Cosmic Dance was also presented at a gathering of CSJ Toronto Sisters and Associates on Feb. 14, 2004 and at a meeting of the Sojourners in Active and Inclusive Love on March 27, 2004.