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Mary Evelyn Tucker Talks

The Perspective of Religious Naturalism: Ursula Goodenough, Carol Wayne White, Mary Evelyn Tucker
ECO Justice for ALL Dialogue Series
Temple of Understanding
2023

Dialogue with Ursula Goodenough, Professor of Biology Emerita, Washington University and Carol Wayne White, Interim Director of the Griot Center (2022-23) and Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Bucknell University. Moderated by Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-founder and Co-director, Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University.

The Perspective of Religious Naturalism
Ursula Goodenough, Carol Wayne White, Mary Evelyn Tucker
ECO Justice for ALL Dialogue Series, Temple of Understanding
2023

Dialogue with Ursula Goodenough, Professor of Biology Emerita, Washington University and Carol Wayne White, Interim Director of the Griot Center (2022-23) and Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Bucknell University. Moderated by Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-founder and Co-director, Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University.

Women Interfaith Visionaries
Rev. Sally Bingham, Alison Van Dyk, and Mary Evelyn Tucker
ECO Justice for ALL Dialogue Series, Temple of Understanding
2022

Three women leaders of Interfaith organizations that focus on the environment discuss the many challenges and opportunities that have helped shape their leadership styles. How does each one describe leadership?  What led them to choose climate change and environmental justice as their focus? What kinds of obstacles have they had to overcome and where have they found support and encouragement? Each will offer their own personal philosophy and style of what leadership means to them as a way of encouraging the next generation to step into leadership roles in any profession.

“Grieving will have new life, sadness will have new joy”
With Mary Evelyn Tucker
2022 Festival of Faiths
2022

During this 2022 Festival of Faiths session, Mary Evelyn Tucker examines recent social and environmental justice conditions and discusses whether, through faith and science, we can shift prevailing narratives so they enhance our spiritual lives and inspire greater purpose.

“Reimagining our Environmental Future Together: From Impasse to Inspired Action”
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Westport Public Library
2022

The United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut presents the first Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Lecture. Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker will discuss how to inspire people to preserve, protect and restore the Earth community. As co-founder of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, Dr. Tucker seeks to identify different perspectives among the religions of the world to find comprehensive and collaborative solutions to our global environmental crisis in partnership with scientists and policy makers. This event took place on October 24, 2022. 

“Ecospirituality and Ecojustice”
Mary Evelyn Tucker
X Congress World Union Jesuit Alumni, Barcelona
2022

In Laudato Si', Pope Francis has called for an ecological spirituality that embraces ecological justice. This talk will explore such a spirituality within the context of an “integral ecology” that brings together people and planet. Up to the present, secular environmentalism has been a dominant force in many academic departments and in the larger environmental movement. This form of environmentalism focuses on science and policy along with economic and technological solutions. However, there is a need for a broader ecospirituality and ecojustice that highlights values, ethics, and spiritual perspectives. This is what Jesuit colleges, universities, and secondary schools can contribute at this critical moment in our planetary history. View the slides for this presentation here. This event took place on July 13, 2022. 

Climate Change Conversation
Bill McKibben, Mary Evelyn Tucker
Harvard University
2022

Environmentalist, academic, and author Bill McKibben engaged with Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-founder of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology on the topic of the “Climate Emergency”. This conversation took place at Sanders Theater in Cambridge, MA during the 50th reunion of the Harvard/Radcliffe class of 1971. This was the first of three reunion programs on the topic of climate change, the area of concern that 81% of the class members said was a “very big problem”. All told, twelve HR ‘ 71 classmates presented work their organizations are doing to address climate change. The objective of these presentations was to make known the actions classmates have undertaken so that significant, future HR ’71 collaborations might develop. This event took place on June 6, 2022. 

“Climate, Faith, and Justice”
Presider: Mary Evelyn Tucker
Panel at the 2022 Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop, Hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations
2022

Speakers: Gerald L. Durley, Rosalyn LaPier, Kilaparti Ramakrishna
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Ecojustice for All
Mary Evelyn Tucker
A Project of the Temple of Understanding
2020

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
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, Tucker’s 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 Tucker’s words, “an intergenerational handshake” to a younger generation who will inherit the monumental task of reviving and revitalising a dying earth.

Mary Evelyn Tucker Community Message
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”
2019

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

Arne Næss Symposium 2018: Homo Futurus with a Thousand Faces Symposium
Oslo, Norway
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
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.

“Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story for our Shared Future”
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Albertus Magnus College, St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture
2018

Mary Evelyn Tucker gives a talk at Albertus Magnus College entitled “Living Within a Universe Story.” After an overview of her work around Journey of the Universe, Tucker moves into a definition of deep time and framing ourselves within geological ages and evolution. She emphasizes the need for interconnectedness and calls on examples from the environmental justice movement and the Earth Charter. Tucker concludes with an invitation to act on this sense of belonging within the greater cosmos. A time of questions and answers follows her presentation. This talk took place on January 24, 2018. 

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

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
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.

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

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

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

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

The Emerging Alliance between Ecology and Religion
Brigham Young University, Kennedy Center
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Threads of Sustainability
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Earth Charter + 10 “Ethical Framework for a Sustainable World” conference at Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad
2010

Mary Evelyn Tucker gives an address on Threads of Sustainability at Gandhi Ashram. She draws out three points from the Earth Charter: reverence, gratitude, and humility. Tucker emphasizes how our journey requires a natural knowing and references the migrating red knot sandpipers as an example of how nature will guide us towards wisdom.

The Feather Project Trailer - Collaboration Between the Generations for Survival On Earth
2010

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.

350.org International Day of Climate Action
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Parliament of the World’s Religions, Melbourne Australia
2009

Mary Evelyn Tucker discusses her work on 350.org, which seeks to activate religious communities around the world to take action against climate change. She emphasizes ways in which religious communities can contribute to the climate change conversation and the need for ecojustice to be centered in climate change discussions.

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

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

Earth Charter Panel
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Parliament of the World's Religions, Melbourne, Australia
2009

Prof. Mary Evelyn Tucker, Founder of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, opens a panel on the Earth Charter at the Parliament of the World's Religions 2009 in Melbourne and gives an introduction to the main themes of this international declaration.

Mary Evelyn Tucker at the screening of RENEWAL
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, NYC
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
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.

Pt. 1 Thomas Berry The Great Work
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Parliament of the World’s Religions, Melbourne, Australia
2009

In Parts 1 and 2 of “Thomas Berry The Great Work,” Mary Evelyn Tucker gives a brief outline of Thomas Berry's life and work, particularly his academic work in the history of religions and his rethinking of human-earth relations towards flourishing. She additionally presents seven principles for the common good from Confucianism, as they relate to Thomas Berry's thought. The videos conclude with a short clip of Thomas Berry talking about the Great Work. 

Pt. 3 The Human Face of Climate Change
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Parliament of the World’s Religions, Melbourne, Australia
2009

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Pt. 2 The Human Face of Climate Change
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Parliament of the World’s Religions, Melbourne, Australia
2009

(See part 1 for talk description)

Pt. 1 The Human Face of Climate Change
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Parliament of the World’s Religions, Melbourne, Australia
2009

At the Parliament of World's Religions in 2009, Mary Evelyn Tucker gives a talk on what religions contribute to the conversations and action around climate change. She comments that religions have a unique response to climate change, as they offer a sense of awe, wonder, and beauty in how people think about the earth and as they bring spiritual energy that can sustain action. Even though religions are late in coming to the issue of climate change, Tucker gives various examples of religious groups around the world rethinking their environmental ethics and taking action towards a more resilient future.

Pt. 2 Thomas Berry The Great Work
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Parliament of the World’s Religions, Melbourne, Australia
2009

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“Satyagraha: Gandhi's 'Truth Force' in the Age of Climate Change”
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Garrison Institute; Cathedral of St. John the Divine
2008

Mary Evelyn Tucker discusses the teachings of Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. and their relation to the Earth Charter. Tucker highlights the idea that humanity is capable of embracing long-term, radical change and suggests that humans are at a critical point in their history, one in which the recognition of humanity as being part of a living and unique Earth community is vital. Tucker continues to discuss the Earth Charter, its relation to Satyagraha, and the incorporation of principles of nonviolence, democracy, and peace in its body.

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

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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
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
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.

Panel Discussion on Ethics, Values, and the Environment
Ethics, Values, and the Environment Conference
Harvard Divinity School
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.

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

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
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.

Ecology & Religion
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Filmed at the Parliament of the World's Religions, Barcelona
2004

Professor Mary Evelyn Tucker talks about the role religions can play in addressing the ecological problems of our time. Although all major religious traditions predate our modern awareness of the environmental situation, many are strongly rooted in humanitys dependency on natural cycles and the seasons. Here, Tucker explains how religions are reawakening this sense of connectedness to nature and gives encouraging examples of how eco-activism is emerging across the religious spectrum.

John Grim Talks

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology
John Grim
Brigham Young University, Kennedy Center
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

Joys of the Sea 2023
Keynote by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
2023

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim deliver the keynote address upon receiving the 2023 Suzanne Golas Spirit of Water Award at Waterspirit's annual gala, Joys of the Sea.

Joys of the Sea 2023
Keynote by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
2023

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim deliver the keynote address upon receiving the 2023 Suzanne Golas Spirit of Water Award at Waterspirit's annual gala, Joys of the Sea.

“The Integration of Ecojustice and Ecospirituality”
Lecture by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Yale University, Burke Auditorium, New Haven, CT
2023

Follow link here to view: “The Integration of Ecojustice and Ecospirituality”
Yale University, Burke Auditorium, New Haven, CT, USA. BIOMES (Bridging Issues & Optimizing Methods in Environmental Studies). Hosted by Yale School of the Environment Office of the Dean. Watch the lecture here.

Trinity 125th Anniversary Symposium on Environmental Justice
Keynote by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
2022

How do we respond to the growing crises created by climate change and the degradation of our shared environment by pollution and its inequitable impacts on different communities? Should economic concerns prevail, or can ethics and a growing body of science be used to create more just, prudent, and responsible approaches? Trinity’s Symposium on Environmental Justice addressed these and many other issues, and featured a keynote by Yale Professor Mary Evelyn Tucker ’71, and Dr. John Grim, co-founders of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, an invaluable advisor for Trinity as we build our Environmental Justice program. Watch more videos of the symposium here.

Ecology and Religion
Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim
The American Library in Paris, Evening With an Author Series
2022

Frequently placed in opposition to one another, the union of religion and science may be a vital strategic move in the fight against the climate crisis. What can world religions teach us about the earth? How does religion express our relationship to nature, and how can we use religious philosophy to mitigate nature’s destruction? Yale historians of religion Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim speak on their work, Ecology and Religion. Posing the question, “what is religious ecology?”, the book shows how global religions and environmental practices intersect in ways both obvious and surprising. Ultimately, Tucker and Grim propose that religion can contribute an ethical and spiritual dimension to ecology, motivating the fight for climate justice. In this conversation, they discuss ways of thinking about the natural world, ways of engaging with it, and ways of changing it for the better. This event took place on September 11, 2022.

The Integration of Ecospirituality and Ecojustice
Keynote by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
5th Annual James Sawers Jr. Interfaith Speaker Series: Faith and Climate Change - Charleston Interreligious Council
2022
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim introduce Thomas Berry, a Biography
Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim
Kosmos Journal
2019

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim present their book “Thomas Berry: A Biography,” which they co-wrote alongside Andrew Angyal. In this short video, they give an overview of who Thomas Berry was, his key ideas, and his major written works.

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
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
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
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
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 Yale’s 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.” Tucker’s expertise is in East Asia; Grim’s 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.

“Religion, Ecology, and Cosmology: Integrating Stories”
Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim
Princeton Environmental Institute
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
2009

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.