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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. 

April 12, 2021

This week's episode of Spotlights is the first part of a two-part interview with Dekila Chungyalpa, Director of the Loka Initiative at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She discusses the trajectory of her work with religion and ecology, including her experience founding and directing Sacred Earth, an acclaimed faith-based conservation program at the World Wildlife Fund from 2009 to 2014. She also discuss her contributions to Khoryug, a Tibetan Buddhist eco-monastic association in...

April 8, 2021

This Saturday, April 10, at 4pm Eastern, there will be an online event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of our Emmy Award winning film, Journey of the Universe. This webinar will describe the 10-year odyssey of creating Journey of the Universe and the 10 years of bringing it out into ever widening circles.

 

Schedule: 

The Journey of Journey: Making the Film...

April 3, 2021

This week’s episode of Spotlights features Maria Jaoudi, PhD, artist, author, and Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University in Sacramento, California. She discusses her new book, Mindfulness as Sustainability: Lessons from the World’s Religions (SUNY Press, 2021). Drawing on specific teachings and stories from a variety of wisdom traditions, she talks about how mindfulness practice, applied both personally and politically, can help facilitate peaceful, just, and sustainable...

April 1, 2021

We've recently migrated the official Thomas Berry website to a new platform and begun enhancing the content on it even further. So, we thought we'd take the opportunity to introduce those of you who may not know about this additional website of ours to Thomas Berry and the Great Work.

The official Thomas Berry site contains a wealth of information and resources about Thomas' life, work, ideas, and legacy. In the Biography section, you'll find the full text of Thomas Berry: Reflections on His Life and Thought...

March 28, 2021

This week's episode of Spotlights features Paloma Pavel, Ph.D., President of Earth House Center and visiting faculty at the University of California, Davis, where she also serves on the Regional Advisory Council for the Center for Regional Change. She is also the co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project with Carl Anthony. She discusses some of the many ways that ecology, cosmology, spirituality, and social justice activism intersect throughout the storied trajectory of her life and work. Along with...

March 25, 2021

 

The Human Energy Project has recently launched an exciting new video series, The Story of the Noosphere, narrated by Brian Thomas Swimme. The noosphere is a term used by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin to describe a “mindsphere” surrounding our planet. In these short 5-7 minute videos, they explore the eight core conditions that have given rise to the emergence of the noosphere across five major stages of human development (Paleolithic; Neolithic;...

March 22, 2021

This week’s episode of Spotlights features Carl Anthony, an architect, regional planner, and social and environmental justice activist. He discusses some of the many facets of his work, including  a project of which he is the co-founder and co-director (with Dr. Paloma Pavel), Breakthrough Communities, dedicated to building multiracial leadership for sustainable communities in California & the nation. He also discusses his book, The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, which is a...

March 18, 2021

This week, to celebrate the spring equinox, we’re pleased to announce the new Forum homepage, featuring our partner organizations. 

 

In May 2020, we announced our partnership with UNEP: Faith for Earth, and we are now proud to also highlight the work of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative; Parliament of the World’s Religions Climate Action Task Force; Greenfaith; Religions for Peace; and the Center...

March 15, 2021

This week's episode of Spotlights features the artist, researcher, and writer, Christina Conklin. She discusses the ways that her work integrates art, data, science, and spirituality, and she talks about her forthcoming book (co-authored with Marina Psaros), The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis, which will be released this summer.

More information on the climate emergency can be found at the website for the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology.

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March 11, 2021

We're pleased to share this abstract from the recent paper, “Public and Religious Values in the Context of Local and Transboundary Haze Pollution in Indonesia” by Alfajri, Azhari Setiawan, Helena Varkkey, Matthew Ashfold, Laura De Pretto, Wong Pui Yi, and Christopher Ives. Go here to read the full paper on the TECSEA site (Transboundary...