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Mary Evelyn Tucker Talks

“Climate, Faith, and Justice”
Presider: Mary Evelyn Tucker
Speakers: Gerald L. Durley, Rosalyn LaPier, Kilaparti Ramakrishna
Panel at the 2022 Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop
Hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations
May 18, 2022
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“The Sacred Continuity of Cosmos, Earth, and Humans: An Invitation into Deep Time”
Earth Day Sermon by Mary Evelyn Tucker
Immanuel Congregational
April 25, 2021

Mary Evelyn Tucker preaches to Immanuel Congregational on Earth Day on “The Sacred Continuity of Cosmos, Earth, and Humans: An Invitation into Deep Time.” In her sermon, she raises a question of human response to the present moment of disintegration. She invites the congregation into deep time of the universe that provides a sense of wholeness and belonging. She concludes with a prayer poem by Catherine De Vinck, which she thinks of as Psalm 104 for the 21st century. 


“The Sacred Continuity of Cosmos, Earth, and Humans”
Sermon by Mary Evelyn Tucker
Grace Cathedral
March 14, 2021

Mary Evelyn Tucker preaches at Grace Cathedral on “The Sacred Continuity of Cosmos, Earth, and Humans.” In her sermon, she highlights the narrative of salvation history–Exodus, Psalm 107, the Gospel of John, and Ephesians–to raise a question of how this biblical story can be expanded to the Exodus experience in the present times. She invites the congregation to Earth time and cosmic time and be inspired to commit and take action for transformation for the living Earth community. 


Ecojustice for All
Mary Evelyn Tucker

A Project of the Temple of Understanding
In this video, Mary Evelyn Tucker raises the necessity of a new sense of environmental ethics and human social justice ethics in response to ecological crises and climate change. She emphasizes the significance of human action and changing structures grounded on new sensibilities of the living Earth. 


Ecological Humanism
ThinkINchina event#74
Beijing, China
October 15, 2019

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University; Wu Ruihan, Peking University. The word environment” implies something outside of ourselves – something that surrounds us but is not a part of us. Modern science has also tended to create a distinction between humans and the ecological processes being studied. However, in a world of multiplying ecological challenges, Mary Evelyn Tucker, senior lecturer and researcher at Yale University, believes such a detached viewpoint is insufficient. Her work challenges this distinction between human and environment. As a pioneer in the field of ecological humanism, Tuckers current project draws on both evolutionary science and the wisdom of world religious traditions to inform a new model of ecological stewardship. This project is, in Tuckers words, an intergenerational handshake” to a younger generation who will inherit the monumental task of reviving and revitalising a dying earth.


Mary Evelyn Tucker at the National Council on Spirituality in Education Conference 2019
Panel: “Teaching Interconnectedness: The Dynamics of Nature, Ecology and Civility.”
Teachers College Columbia University
June 7, 2019

Mary Evelyn Tucker speaks at the National Council on Spirituality in Education Conference 2019 at Teachers College Columbia University on a panel on “Teaching Interconnectedness: The Dynamics of Nature, Ecology, and Civility.” She talks about nature education embedded in the larger context of the universe in the ecosystems, deep universe time, and deep Earth time. Understanding spirituality as a part of the whole universe story, she stresses diverse forms of intelligence spiritualities that deepen nature education. 


Mary Evelyn Tucker Community Message
June 1, 2019

In this video, Mary Evelyn Tucker speaks to the presence of more-than-human animals in relation to human exceptionalism and explores the works of Paul Waldau and Barbara J. King, whose works speak to the communion between the human and animal communities.


Mary Evelyn Tucker on “World Religions Caring for the Earth”
Created for Interfaith Power & Light’s “Faith Climate Action Week”

April 2019
Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-founder of Yales Forum on Religion and Ecology and noted scholar on world religions at Yales Divinity School and Department of Religious Studies, reveals exciting news about how the religious grassroots environmental movement is taking off in all of the worlds religions through both theory and practice.


Arne Næss Symposium 2018: Homo Futurus with a Thousand Faces Symposium
Oslo, Norway
October 24-25, 2018

How do we imagine the future human species? Programme Chair: Nina Witoszek; Welcome - Rector Svein Stølen; Arne Næss Lecture – Mary Evelyn Tucker; Keynote – Andrea Wulf; Intermezzo – David Chocron; Young Researchers Challenge; Panel: Lasse Thoresen - Composer; Kjetil Trædal Thorsen - Architect and Director of Snøhetta; Einar Tjelle - Norwegian Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities; Erling Kagge - Explorer, author and publisher


“Eros for Earth”
Keynote by Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker
Third Annual “Religion & Ecology Summit”
California Institute of Integral Studies
March 16, 2018

Terry Tempest Williams and Wangari Maathai are two women who have blazed paths into new modes of being human in a living Earth community. Both have been fierce activists for their bioregions—Terry in Utah and Wangari in Kenya. Their spiritual paths—Terry with her writing and Wangari with her tree planting—have empowered other women to develop a sense of grounded engagement with and for life. This talk will explore this engagement as Eros for Earth.


“Religion and Ecology: Moving Forward”
Plenary address by Mary-Evelyn Tucker
“Sustainable Societies: Interreligious, Interdisciplinary Responses”
Graduate Theological Union
April 28-29, 2017

In 20 years a new field of religion and ecology has emerged, but our environmental and social challenges are ever more pressing. How do we find ways to make a difference in our world? We will explore new directions for both research and engagement in a period of unprecedented uncertainty.”  ~Mary-Evelyn Tucker


“Religion and Ecology Moving Forward”
Keynote by Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker
Second Annual “Religion & Ecology Summit”
California Institute of Integral Studies
March 10, 2017

Closing keynote lecture by Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker on Religion and Ecology Moving Forward” at the second annual Religion & Ecology Summit” at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) on March 10, 2017. Summary of talk: In 20 years a new field of religion and ecology has emerged, but our environmental and social challenges are ever more pressing. How do we find ways to make a difference in our world? We will explore new directions for both research and engagement in a period of unprecedented uncertainty.  


Ecology, Economics, and Ethics: The Role of Religion and Ecology
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Moderator
Religion, Ecology, and Our Planetary Future Conference
Harvard Divinity School 

October 16, 2016

A roundtable discussion with Gus Speth, Former Administrator, United Nations Development Programme; Co-Chair, Next System Project, Co-Founder of NRDC and WRI Juliet Schor, Boston College.


Care of the Earth Conference - Mary Evelyn Tucker, Keynote
Immaculate Conception Monastery Parish,
Jamaica, NY
Introduction by Fr. Steve Dunn, C.P.
October 2016

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim are invited to the Care of the Earth Conference organized by Immaculate Conception Monastery Parish, Jamaica, NY. In this video, Tucker talks about religious and secular education, intercultural life, and youth. She raises the need to expand human ethics and integrate justice and ecology to deal with environmental issues. She shares how the conversations of religion and ecology have broadened in the academic field and brought educational change. Addressing Green Faith movements from various religious communities, Tucker highlights the responding of the religious community to ecological crises. 


Symposium on “Caring for Our Common Home: Economics, Environment, and Catholic Social Thought”
Lumen Christi Institute’s Eighth Annual Conference in Economics and Catholic Social Thought
International House at the University of Chicago
May 19, 2016

A symposium featuring remarks by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski (Archbishop of Miami), Christopher Barrett (Cornell University), Mary Evelyn Tucker (Yale University), Michael Greenstone (University of Chicago), and V. Ramanathan (University of California, San Diego). Cosponsored by The International House Global Voices Program. This program is part of the Lumen Christi , a continuing exchange between research economists, bishops, and scholars.


Call of the Forest Conference: A Panel on Spirit
“Call of the Forest: Water, Climate, Spirit” Conference
Point Reyes, CA

March 19, 2016

A panel discussion with Joanne Campbell, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, and Mary Evelyn Tucker, moderated by Wendy Johnson, on the relationship between the land and spirit.


“Religious Ecology and Cosmology: Responses to Environmental Challenges”
Keynote by Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker
“Religion & Ecology Summit”
California Institute of Integral Studies
March 11, 2016

With the Pope’s Encyclical there is a new opening for religious cosmology, ecology, and justice to come together for our common home. We will explore this and offer some reflections on East Asia. With the relentless industrialization and modernization of East Asia in the last several decades environmental problems have multiplied. The quality of air, water and soil in China, Korea, and Japan has deteriorated at a rapid rate. While many of the responses to this crisis have come from science and policy there is also a need for an ethical and spiritual response. What can the religious traditions of East Asia offer?


Talk by Mary Evelyn Tucker
Prairie Festival 2015
The Land Institute
September 25-27, 2015

Mary Evelyn Tucker speaks on “Nourishing Community: Ecology, Economics, Equity” at the 2015 Prairie Festival. She shares her journey of religion and ecology, where she witnessed how the different culture says about nature, humans, and the value of lives. Living in the Anthropocene or Ecozoic era, Tucker suggests the human spirit of human energy can make changes. Her main discussion is Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ calling for ecological conversion grounded on comprehensive compassion for the Earth community.


Ecology, Economy, and Ethics: Mobilizing for a Just Transition Conference
Union Theological Seminary
September 16, 2015

This video is of the entire conference and runs 8 hours, 47 min.


Religions for the Earth: The Road Through Paris | Ecology, Economy and Ethics
Ecology, Economy, and Ethics: Mobilizing for a Just Transition Conference
Union Theological Seminary
September 16, 2015

The opening of the “Economy, Ecology and Ethics: Mobilizing for a Just Transition” conference held at Union Theological Seminary on 9/16/2015, “Religions for the Earth: The Road Through Paris” features remarks by Mary Evelyn Tucker, Mordechai Liebling, Kara Ball, Kusumita Pedersen, and Swami Parameshananda.


Smithsonian Museum Human Origins Project 
Members of the Human Origins Broader Social Impacts Committee share thoughts on Science, Religion, and Human Origins: Mary Evelyn Tucker
Filmed at the National Museum of Natural History April 27, 2015

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“New Moment in Religion and Ecology”
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Inspiring Yale, April 16, 2015

Presentations from the 2015 Grad & Professional School Winners of InspiringYale.


The Emerging Alliance between Ecology and Religion
Brigham Young University, Kennedy Center
October 25, 2013

Mary Evelyn Tucker examines the influence of religion on environmental stewardship and explains its connection to current ecological challenges.


Mary Evelyn Tucker, Dialogue
Soka Gakkai International (SGI)
July 1, 2013

Mary Evelyn Tucker discusses with youth on the topic of ecology and religion.


Mary Evelyn Tucker - Yale University
From the panel: “An Essential Context - Religion, Spirituality and Ethics”
CCL’s 25th Anniversary Conference - Prosperous Lowcountry, Flourishing Planet

May 7-8, 2013
Mary Evelyn Tucker speaks as one of the panels on “An Essential Context - Religion, Spirituality, and Ethics.” Sharing her studies and exploration of Asian religions, especially Confucianism, Tucker raises the significance of religious conversations for the flourishing of the planet. She addresses the Journey of the Universe, the Earth Charter, and religious movements making power statements on the sacredness of creation in discussing the efforts at retrieval, reevaluation, and reconstruction of the religious traditions. 


Q&A from panel - “An Essential Context - Religion, Spirituality and Ethics
CCL’s 25th Anniversary Conference - Prosperous Lowcountry, Flourishing Planet
May 7-8, 2013
Panelists: John Rashford – College of Charleston; David Shi – President Emeritus of Furman University; Mary Evelyn Tucker – Yale University; Moderator: Ceara Donnelley, Center for Humans and Nature.


“The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology”
Wallace Stegner Center Lecture
18th Annual Symposium: Religion, Faith and the Environment

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Apr 15, 2013

Mary Evelyn Tucker speaks at the Wallace Stegner Center Lecture in celebration of the 18th Annual Symposium: Religion, Faith and the Environment with following Q&A time. Living in a sixth extinction period, Tucker raises questions about how we are going to live with grieving and loss and how religious communities can bring the Earth community into a deeper understanding of the crises. Interdisciplinary meetings are emphasized in facing the environmental crises in alignment with the problems and promises of religions. She points out the significance of expanding the conversations of religion and ecology from the anthropocentric perspective and from the Western notions of religion. 


ERSEH - Session 1 ERSEH Research Papers
Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalaya Conference (ERSEH)
The New School,
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
March 7, 2013

ERSEH
is a two-day international conference highlighting works-in-progress of ongoing research conducted by over 40 international scholars and experts. The conference takes an open approach to the understanding of geographic boundaries and demarcations of the Himalaya and it centers instead on linkages between everyday religion and environmental sustainability in rapidly developing Himalayan urban centers, which are loci of increasing importance and scholarly attention.
This session contained the following papers: “Water Connection: Everyday Religion and Environment in The Kathmandu Valley”; “Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalayas - Shangri-la”; “De-Mystifying ‘Choko Pani’ as the Interface between Society, Religion and Environment;” “Everyday Religion in Kangding: The Natural, Social and Religious Life of Water and the Politics of Production”; “Beyond Contradiction: Sacred Waters, Relational Ecologies, and the Dialogism of Everyday Religion.”


Mary Evelyn Tucker - Yale Forum on Religion & Ecology
The Feather Project
March 1, 2013

In this short video produced by the Feather Project, Mary Evelyn Tucker reflects on the great transition we currently face. In our relatively short time in the journey of the universe, humans are now shutting down Earth systems and enacting the end of Cenozoic Era. Tucker discusses the urgent need to work toward our common future and form a vibrant Earth community.


The Emerging Alliance of Religion & Ecology, by Mary Evelyn Tucker
Garrison Institute
February 2012

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Research Scholar at Yale University, says that the most renewable source of energy is “the dynamizing human energies” that fuel our movement of ecological renewal.


Mary Evelyn Tucker Speaks on Religion and Ecology
Soka Gakkai International-USA, New York Culture Center
Mar 7, 2011

This talk by Mary Evelyn Tucker is part of the Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series at Soka Gakkai International-USA, New York Culture Center. Tucker discusses the recently released Journey of the Universe film in the context of “The New Story” by Thomas Berry. She describes how Journey of the Universe illustrates a functional cosmology that gives humans a deeper meaning of our place and purpose in the universe, helping us discover our Great Work to create a flourishing future for the Earth community.


Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker - AASHE 2010 Conference Keynote
August 11, 2010

Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker describes the power of story in orienting humans to the Earth and the cosmos. For Tucker, the world’s religions and the New Story of cosmic evolution can offer immense inspiration for the transition to a sustainable future.


The Feather Project Trailer - Collaboration Between the Generations for Survival On Earth
Earth Charter Commissioner and Co-Founder of the Yale Forum on Religions and Ecology Mary Evelyn Tucker strongly believes humanity and the earth have reached a critical turning point in history. Likewise, according to Native American Onondaga Chief Oren Lyons, we need a “values change for survival.” From mass extinction to the calamity of the Gulf oil spill, Tucker reminds us, the human decimation of earth threatens to shut down an historical era—soon we will have reached a point of no return. The Feather Project is a collaborative effort to build intergenerational collaboration and cooperation between elders and youth, and to draw upon the wisdom of indigenous cultures to find solutions to this impasse that lies ahead. The key to mobilizing the masses to move from awareness to action, Earth Charter Commissioner and Founder of the Feather Project Rabbi Soetendorp believes lies in the hopes and dreams of the youth. They need guidance, and it is our moral and spiritual leaders who can bring out those leadership capacities of the next seven generations who will inherit this earth in the future. There is a challenging road ahead—the sooner a shift takes place, the more likely there will be something left—for the next generation. Join the Feather Project. Encourage young people everywhere to upload their “feather messages” and to join the effort to turn dreams into reality—for those who work while they dream, dreams do come true.


Part 11 - Fourth Plenary of the 2009 RSE Symposium
New Orleans, LA

October 21, 2009
Professor Mary Evelyn Tucker on 350.org, an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis - the solutions that science and justice demand. Part 11 of the Fourth Plenary of the 8th Religion Science and the Environment Symposium under the auspices of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew held in New Orleans, LA on October 24, 2009


Part 11 - Third Plenary of the 2009 RSE Symposium
New Orleans, LA
October 23, 2009
Professor Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Lecturer and Senior Scholar, Yale University, offers closing remarks for the Third Plenary Part 11 of the Third Plenary of the 8th Religion Science and the Environment Symposium under the auspices of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew held in New Orleans, LA on October 23, 2009


Part 1 - First Plenary Session of the 2009 RSE Symposium
New Orleans, LA

October 21, 2009
Part 1 of the First Plenary of the 8th Religion Science and the Environment Symposium under the auspices of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Chair: H.E. Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans; Mrs Jacqueline Clarkson, New Orleans City Council; Mr John M. Barry, Author What Happened to New Orleans Threatens every Coastal Area in the World; Mr Hylton Murray-Philipson, Director, Wingate Ventures Ltd. UK Turning Points and Tipping Points; Professor Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Lecturer and Senior Scholar, Yale University: The Universe Story and An Ecological Future.


Mary Evelyn Tucker at the screening of RENEWAL
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, NYC
July 8, 2009

Mary Evelyn Tucker speaks about RENEWAL, the documentary film about the religious-environmental movement, and this hope-filled moment in history when religious people of all faiths are coming forward for the environment. Her talk was part of the interfaith service and screening of RENEWAL at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, NYC. Tucker is co-coordinator of Yale University’s Forum on Religion and Ecology

Mary Evelyn Tucker: “The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology”
Oregon Humanities Center
May 9, 2009

Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker describes the need for renewed ethical and religious responses to contemporary environmental crises. Drawing on her work with the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, Tucker cites a variety of initiatives among the world’s religions that reflect a growing awareness of our responsibilities within a living Earth community. For Tucker, we must look beyond consumerism to recognize the intrinsic value of nature and ensure the flourishing of present and future generations.


“The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology”
Lecture by Mary Evelyn Tucker
Oregon State University Library
Spring Creek Project
October 26, 2007

In this video, Mary Evelyn Tucker gives a lecture at Oregon State University Library on “The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology.” Raising the problems of the Englightenmentality that isolated humans from nature by privileging rational consciousness, Tucker suggests a reconfiguration of Engligtenmentality and its values of liberty, equality, and fraternity from a planetary sensibility. Activating the world’s religions is a critical task in the Sixth Extinction period because religions are the traditions that form and formulate communities, cultures and countries for millenniums. As Pope Francis acknowledges climate change as a moral issue and moral obligation, the religion and ecology project creates a multiform foundation of planetary civilization. 


Religion and Nature: Friends or Foes? – Mary Evelyn Tucker
“Exploring the Boundaries of Nature: A Reflective Dialogue on the Environment”
Aspen Global Change Institute
August, 2006

Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker discusses the great potential of the world’s religions to provide moral inspiration for environmental action. Drawing on her work with the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, Tucker cites a variety of initiatives among the world’s wisdom traditions that reflect a growing awareness of our responsibilities within a living Earth community.


Joint Panel on Faith and the Environment
Yale Divinity School 
April 21, 2006

Moderator: Emilie Townes, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology; Panelists: Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Jonathan F.P. Rose, Mary Evelyn Tucker, David Wellman.


“Touching the Depth of Things: Cultivating Nature in East Asia”
Lecture by Mary Evelyn Tucker
Ethics, Values, and the Environment Conference, Harvard Divinity School
March 18, 2006

Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker discusses Confucian teachings on humans’ relationship to the Earth and cosmos, invoking the commentaries of Wang Yangming (1472-1529) on innate knowledge, the unity of knowledge and action, and the kinship of all beings. For Tucker, the emergent field of Religion and Ecology offers an opportunity to retrieve, reevaluate, and reconstruct our understandings of the world’s wisdom traditions in order to confront the challenges of our time.


Panel Discussion on Ethics, Values, and the Environment
Ethics, Values, and the Environment Conference
Harvard Divinity School
March 18, 2006

A discussion with all six speakers at the Ethics, Values, and the Environment conference. From left to right: Michael D. Jackson, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Lawrence Buell, Michael Zimmerman, Bron Taylor, and Donald Worster.


The Alliance of Religion & Ecology
Beyond Environmentalism: Envisioning a Sustainable and Desirable Future
Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, an affiliate of the Rubenstein School for Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Vermont
March 16, 2006

Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker discusses the great potential of the world’s religions to provide moral inspiration for environmental action. Drawing on her work with the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, Tucker cites examples from Christian and Islamic traditions that reflect a growing awareness of our responsibilities within a living Earth community.



 

John Grim Talks

John Grim on Religion and Ecology
Yale Faith and Globalization Initiative
2011

John Grim, Professor at the Yale Schools of Forestry and Divinity, discusses religion and ecology projects.


John Grim on the Response to the Religious Perspective on Environmental Issues
Yale Faith and Globalization Initiative
2011
John Grim, Professor at the Yale Schools of Forestry and Divinity, discusses being taken seriously when presenting a religious perspective on environmental issues.


John Grim on Romanticizing a Religious Tradition’s Ecological Perspective
Yale Faith and Globalization Initiative
2011

John Grim, Professor at the Yale Schools of Forestry and Divinity, discusses the importance of looking at what religious traditions are doing on the ground with respect to the environment.


John Grim on an Ethical Standard
Yale Faith and Globalization Initiative
2011

John Grim, Professor at the Yale Schools of Forestry and Divinity, discusses an ethical standard that represents multiple goods.


John Grim on Presenting Counterarguments
Yale Faith and Globalization Initiative
2011

John Grim, Professor at the Yale Schools of Forestry and Divinity, discusses the importance of presenting different voices on environmental issues.


John Grim on Mountaintop Removal and Employment
Yale Faith and Globalization Initiative
2011

John Grim, Professor at the Yale Schools of Forestry and Divinity, discusses the devastation caused by mountaintop removal and employment in the coal mining industry.


John Grim on Renewable Energy
Yale Faith and Globalization Initiative
2011

John Grim, Professor at the Yale Schools of Forestry and Divinity, discusses the prospect of renewable energy.


John Grim on the Yamuna River
Yale Faith and Globalization Initiative
2011

John Grim, Professor at the Yale Schools of Forestry and Divinity, talks about the Yamuna River and its religious significance.


John Grim: The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology
Brigham Young University, Kennedy Center
February 17, 2010

John Grim Senior lecturer and scholar coordinator of the Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University Grim says religions contribute to human-earth relationships more than almost any other group or organization, particularly in recent years.



 

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim Talks

5th Annual James Sawers Jr. Interfaith Speaker Series: Faith and Climate Change
Online and in-person in Charleston, SC, USA
Charleston Interreligious Council
Keynote by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
March 3-5, 2022


A Concluding Conversation: Toward the Future
Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Francis X. Clooney
Religion, Ecology, and Our Planetary Future Conference
Harvard Divinity School 

October 16, 2016

Open discussion led by John Grim, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and Francis X. Clooney, S.J. “Religion, Ecology, and Our Planetary Future” advances the work of understanding and transforming the discourse of religions and ecology for the twenty-first century. The conference marks the twentieth anniversary of the Religions of the World and Ecology Conference series and subsequent book series.

Retrospective and Prospective: Abrahamic Traditions
Overview by John Grim & Mary Evelyn Tucker
Religion, Ecology, and Our Planetary Future Conference
Harvard Divinity School 

October 15, 2016
Welcome by Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Director, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University; Judaism: Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Arizona State University Christianity: Heather Eaton, St. Paul’s University, Ottawa Islam: Mohammed Rustom, Carleton University Moderator: Francis X. Clooney, S.J.


“The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology”
Lecture by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Boston College
October 17, 2013

The growing ecological crisis clearly requires the response of science and technology, economics, and policy. These are necessary but not sufficient for solving the complex problems we are facing in envisioning a sustainable future for the Earth community. We will also need the participation of the world’s religious communities as we recognize the moral and spiritual implications of the diminishment of the life support systems of the planet. This talk highlights some of the remarkable work being done within religious communities around the world to bring healing and restoration to people and land. While acknowledging the limitations of religions, it also notes the promise for ethical and spiritual transformation regarding ecological attitudes and practices.


2013 Convocation Remarks by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
University of Massachusetts Boston
September 12, 2013

Following his convocation address, J. Keith Motley presented the inaugural Joint and Common Future Award to Yale University professors Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. Motley said the co-directors of Yales Forum on Religion and Ecology have demonstrated years of commitment to raising our consciousness of the interdependence of all things and a deeper dialogue between science and religion.” Tuckers expertise is in East Asia; Grims expertise is in indigenous studies. In his comments, Grim talked about how the knowledge of native peoples and the knowledge of scientists are equally valuable. Tucker talked about the need for commitment, integration, and partnerships in academia.


Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim “Religion, Ecology, and Cosmology: Integrating Stories” –PEI 030813
Princeton Environmental Institute

April 5, 2013
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim talk on “Religion, Ecology, and Cosmology: Integrating Story,” emphasizing the engaged scholarship of religion and ecology in the reimaging and reconstructing environmental ethics in times of ecological crisis. Examining the view of nature from various religious traditions, Tucker and Grim introduce a new term, “religious ecologies,” where they find ecological components in the world religions. Religions have been orienting people throughout human history, and they further discuss the possibilities of how religion and ecology should be shaped in the Anthropocene from the examples of the indigenous tradition of the Salish people and the Confucian tradition.


Religion and a New Environmental Ethic: Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-Directors of the Yale University Forum on Religion and Ecology, discuss their view that there is a new relationship between religion and the environment. This new religious consciousness considers the natural world sacred.


Header photo: John Grim, Yale Faith and Globalization Initiative, 2011