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. 

February 1, 2021

This week’s episode of Spotlights features Timothy Harvie, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics and Program Coordinator of Social Justice and Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s University in Calgary, Alberta. He talks about his work with eco-theology, animals, evolution, and philosophical foundations for the study of religion and ecology. He also discusses some of his writing projects, including the anthology of personal and theological reflections on animals, Encountering Earth: Thinking...

January 28, 2021

This week, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is holding the Fourth Halki Summit online, due to the global pandemic. The theme this year is “COVID-19 and Climate Change: Living with and Learning from a Pandemic.” 


The summit consists of three webinars:


January 25, 2021

This episode of Spotlights features Susan Bratton, PhD, a Professor at Baylor University in the Department of Environmental Science. She talks about her work at the intersection of religion and environmental ethics, particularly in light of her exciting new book, Religion and the Environment: An Introduction, which provides a thorough and thoughtful introduction to the field.  This new introductory text covers the...

January 21, 2021

Today, we wanted to share some stories of hope for the environmental efforts around the world. 

First, check out this story from Common Dreams, where they highlight a number of positive environmental achievements that happened during 2020. These include increased recognition of the importance of Indigenous land protection and Indigenous  women's leadership; improvements in technology–both renewable energy and environmental monitoring; an increase in the number of conservation areas around the...

January 18, 2021

This week's episode of Spotlights features Elizabeth McAnally, PhD, the newsletter editor and website manager for the Forum on Religion and Ecology. She discusses her work for the Forum and gives an overview of her book, Loving Water Across Religions: Contributions to an Integral Water Ethic (Orbis Books, 2018). We also discuss her ecologically oriented practices of yoga and Chinese internal arts (e.g., taiji and qigong). You can learn more at her personal website here: https://integraltaiji....

January 14, 2021


This week in the blog, we're highlighting a new podcast of interest: the Earth Charter Podcast: Turning Conscience into Action, hosted by Mirian Vilela, Earth Charter International’s Executive Director.


Description from the website: This podcast brings to you conversations with great thinkers, scholars and activists in the fields of sustainability, ethics,...

January 11, 2021

This week's episode of Spotlights features Russell Powell, PhD, and Timothy Grieve-Carlson. Russell is a visiting professor of Environmental Theology and Ethics at Boston College, and Timothy is a doctoral candidate in Rice University's Department of Religion. They invite early-career scholars to participate in a newly emerging reading group, the Religion and Ecology Early-Career Scholars (REECS) Reading Group, which will host regular meetings (virtually) for scholars to share their work with one...

January 7, 2021


This Saturday, January 9, at 10:30pm EST The Mind and Life Institute will host a very exciting conversation between the Dalai Lama, climate activist Greta Thunberg, and several leading scientists.


From the event website:

From the destruction of forests to the thawing of permafrost, the effects of human-induced climate change have set into motion self-...

January 4, 2021

This week's episode of Spotlights features Vijaya Nagarajan, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and in the Program of Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco. She talks about her teaching, research, and activism at the intersection of Hinduism and ecology, with particular attention to her book, Feeding A Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Ecology in India—An Exploration of the Kōlam (Oxford University Press, 2018).

You can learn more about her book at ...

December 31, 2020

We have, at last, reached the completion of 2020, a pivotal year in the history of our world. As we rest, poised on the threshold of a fresh, new year, we wanted to take a few moments for quiet reflection and share a couple of poems that evoke this spirit.

May your 2021 be filled with peace, joy, and moments of deep stillness.


I'm Going to Start Living Like a Mystic

Today I am pulling on a green wool sweater