Religions of the World and Ecology Conference Series, Harvard 1996-1998

The Religions of the World and Ecology conference series was organized by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim at the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard Divinity School. These events were the result of research over a three-year period (1996-1998). Conferences involved the direct participation and collaboration of some eight hundred scholars, religious leaders, and environmental specialists from around the world.

These conferences were cosponsored by the Center for the Study of World Religions, Bucknell University, and the Center for Respect of Life and Environment of the Humane Society of the United States.

The conference organizers express their appreciation for the generous support of the following institutions and individuals: V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Association of Shinto Shrines, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Dharam Hinduja Indic Research Center at Columbia University, Germeshausen Foundation, Harvard Buddhist Studies Forum, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard Divinity School Center for the Study of Values in Public Life, Jain Academic Foundation of North America, Albert and Vera List Endowment, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Laurance Rockefeller, Sacharuna Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Theological Education to Meet the Environmental Challenge, Winslow Foundation.


Please see the list below of all of the conferences within this series and the offerings in the right-hand sidebar for more information on each conference. Go here for full information on the volumes that were published as a result of this conference series.



Buddhism and Ecology (with Duncan Williams), May 3-5, 1996
Confucianism and Ecology (with John Berthrong), May 30-June 1, 1996
Shinto and Ecology (with Rosemarie Bernard), March 21-24, 1997
Hinduism and Ecology (with Christopher Chapple), October 2-5, 1997
Indigenous Traditions and Ecology (with John Grim), November 13-16, 1997
Judaism and Ecology (with Steve Shaw & Moshe Sokol), February 22-24, 1998
Christianity and Ecology (with Dieter Hessel), April 16-19, 1998
Islam and Ecology (with John Grim & Fazlun Khalid), May 7-10, 1998
Daoism and Ecology (with Norman Giradot & Livia Kohn), June 5-8, 1998
Jainism and Ecology (with Christopher Chapple), July 10-12, 1998
Culminating Conference, September 17-20, 1998, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA
Press Conference and Symposium October 20, 1998, United Nations, NYC
Conference, October 21, 1998, American Museum of Natural History, NYC

related Resources:

The Earth Charter benchmark draft

“The Challenge of the Environmental Crisis,” an essay by the conference organizers Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Press articles

Video from the Culminating Conferences that were held at the United Nations and the American Museum of Natural History

Index of Abstracts from all of the conference papers

Header photo: Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard ©Kristie Welsh, Harvard Divinity School, courtesy of CSWR