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. 

March 7, 2021

This week’s episode of Spotlights features Sean Kelly, PhD, professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He discusses his new book, Becoming Gaia: On the Threshold of Planetary Initiation (Integral Imprint, 2021). He describes the interlocking emergencies of climate change, mass extinction, and planetary apartheid in terms of a collective near-death experience (NDE) that humans are undergoing along with the living Earth. We talk about the...

March 4, 2021

Spring brings a multitude of events and activity related to the field of religion and ecology! We’ve highlighted a few of the many happenings here. Go to our event listings here for the full list.  

Sacred People, Sacred Earth
March 11, 2021
Coordinated global actions
Hosted by GreenFaith International

From the event site: 
On March 11, people of faith and conscience all around the world are kicking off organizing for the biggest-ever faith-...

March 2, 2021

This week’s episode of Spotlights features Elizabeth Allison, PhD, Associate Professor of Ecology and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. She talks about the graduate program she founded and chairs in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion at CIIS, including a new online program that will launch this fall.

Dr. Allison also discusses the Religion & Ecology Summit series of annual conferences that she created in 2016. The...

February 25, 2021


This week, we would like to highlight and honor the work of Carl Anthony, environmental and social justice leader. Among his many accomplishments and important work, Carl was the founder of Urban Habitat, one of the oldest environmental justice organizations in the country, and he founded and published the Race, Poverty and the Environment Journal, the only environmental...

February 22, 2021


This episode of Spotlights features Christopher Key Chapple, PhD, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and founding Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He shares his perspective as a scholar and practitioner of yoga, particularly with regard to the connections between yoga and ecology. He discusses his new book, which explores elemental meditations across different traditions of yoga, Living Landscapes: Meditations on the Elements in Hindu,...

February 18, 2021

Religion & Ecology Early-Career Scholars (REECS) is a new international and interdisciplinary reading group that aims to create a network of connection and support for early-career scholars (loosely defined as those working on their dissertations to pre-tenured faculty) working in the field of religion and ecology (broadly defined).  Meetings will take place on Zoom and any interested early-career scholar in religion and ecology is invited to join. 

February 15, 2021

This week's episode of the Forum on Religion and Ecology podcast welcomes back Kimberly Carfore, PhD. She discusses some of the strategies and practices she has used for teaching nature immersion classes online during the pandemic, including nature awareness practices, meditations, and reskilling. Although teaching nature immersion online sounds like a contradiction in terms, she discusses some of the unique opportunities it affords as well.

You can learn more about her work through her organization, Ecozoa...

February 11, 2021


For some of us, huddled under heavy blankets of snow, isolated from others, the winter seems particularly deep and thick this year. In these times, poems—like the following excerpt from the longer poem One Note—are like a flame we tend deep in our burrows to stay warm until the time comes to emerge. If you can find the fortitude to sing loud now, go! Don’t hide your passion and your light. If you’re...

February 8, 2021

This week's episode of Spotlights features Jason Brown, PhD., lecturer in the Humanities and the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He talks about his research and teaching with trees and forests at the intersection of religion, anthropology, and ecology, including some strategies for teaching online. He also discusses his engagement with photography as an ecological and contemplative practice.

You can learn more...

February 4, 2021

We’ve just redone the “About Us” area of the Forum website to make the information easier to find, and we wanted to share a bit about the changes to help you navigate this new section!


All of the information has been reorganized into these new categories: 


Who we are: Here you’ll find information on Our Directors, Our Team, the Forum...