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Welcome to the new Yale Forum Blog!

We will be sharing a variety of original content including interviews, reviews, reports from the field, new and enhanced resources on the Forum website, content from our new video podcast series, FORE Spotlights, and much more. 

Check back every Tuesday and Thursday for new content. 

October 27, 2022

Tomorrow, Friday October 28, Trinity Washington University will hold their Environmental Justice Symposium, which is part of their 125th anniversary celebration and all-alumni reunion. The event will go from 9am-5:30pm EST. The entire event will be live-streamed here. The keynote speech at 9:30am EST will be given by our own founders and directors, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.
 

From the event site:
The Environmental Justice Symposium will feature a keynote by Yale...

October 25, 2022

This episode of Spotlights pays tribute to the French philosopher and social theorist, Bruno Latour (1947-2022). His work has been widely influence for science and technology studies, philosophy, and ecological thought. Religion also figures into his work, although it is not as well known as his writings on science and ecology. Several good overviews of his life and thought have been published since his passing. Here is one from The Guardian.

Watch the episode below or listen to it here.

An archive of previous episodes can be...

October 20, 2022

On September 21, Spain made history by granting personhood status to the ecologically troubled Mar Menor Lagoon, the largest saltwater lagoon in Europe. The lagoon, home to many marine species, including the endangered European eel, has been in crisis for years, seeing massive fish die-offs and algae blooms. This is thought to be due to fertilizer runoff from nearby farms and heavy metal runoff from old mining operations. See this New York Times article for more history of the environmental issues at Mar Menor and...

October 17, 2022

The best-selling author and historian of religion, Karen Armstrong, has written a new book, Sacred Nature: Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World (Penguin, 2022).  Her exploration of the spiritual power of nature across traditions will undoubtedly be of great interest to scholars and teachers of religion and ecology. 

The aim and scope of the book is summarized well by this excerpt from the book's description on the publisher's website: 

Karen Armstrong re-sacralizes nature for modern times...

October 13, 2022

On October 24 at 7pm EST, our co-founder and co-director, Mary Evelyn Tucker will be giving a talk on “Reimagining our Environmental Future: Journeying from Impasse to Inspired Action.” It will be held both in-person at the Westport Library in Westport, Connecticut and online. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required.  You can find further details on the Westport Library site. 
 

Go here to register for the in-person event

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October 10, 2022

This week's episode of Spotlights features Daniel Scheid, PhD, the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Theology at Duquesne University. We talk about his work with comparative theology and ecological ethics, including questions of interreligious dialogue, the cosmological context of religion and ecology, and the enduring value of Catholic Social Teaching. We also talk about his book where many of these questions are raised, The Cosmic Common Good: Religious Grounds for Ecological Ethics (Oxford...

October 6, 2022

In honor of Indigenous People's Day next week, today we're highlighting some of the events happening around Indigenous traditions and ecology this month and sharing some other recent resources related to this intersection. You can find our full collection of Indigenous resources here. Materials related specifically to Indigenous Ecojustice can be found in our Ecojustice resource hub. 

Upcoming Events

October 9, 7:30-9pm EST
Listening Deeply: Indigenous Voices Panel
Kripalu Center for...

September 29, 2022

In August, we shared information on the Religion and Ethics of Creation Care series being hosted this fall/winter by the Thanks-giving Foundation.

The second installment in that series is coming up next Monday, October 3 at 5pm EST, and will once again feature a Forum Advisory Group member as the speaker.

This month, Pankaj Jain of FLAME University will be speaking on “Hinduism and the Ethics of Creation Care.”  Cybelle Shattuck of Western Michigan University will be responding....

September 26, 2022

This episode of Spotlights features Andreas Karelas,  the founder and executive director of RE-volv, a nonprofit organization that empowers people around the country to help nonprofits in their communities go solar and raise awareness about the benefits of clean energy. He is also the author of Climate Courage: How Tackling Climate Change Can Build Community, Transform the Economy, and Bridge the Political Divide in America. Andreas talks about new developments in renewable energy, particularly in light of the...

September 22, 2022

Last week we told you about an upcoming live event featuring Evangelical author and speaker, Brian McLaren, and one of our founders and directors, Mary Evelyn Tucker. We're pleased to share the recording of that event with you now:

 

This webcast was the first episode of a new series titled Religion to the Rescue: a Show of Good Faith. Here's more on that new series from the creators at Unity Earth:

In this time of critical call to personal and global transformation, what is the role...