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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. 

December 28, 2020

This week’s episode of the Forum on Religion and Ecology podcast features Tyler M. Tully, a doctoral candidate in religious studies and the Arthur Peacocke Graduate Scholar in Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. He talks about his work at the intersection of Indigenous religion, critical race theory, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), secularism, colonialism, and (post)humanism. He also discusses his dissertation, “Critical Materialisms: Power, Place, and Personhood in White and Black 'Red' Spaces...

December 23, 2020

Solstice December 21, 2020

 

Dear Family and Friends-

 

A storm this week brought 10 inches of sparkling snow. Driveway plowed, entry shoveled and roof-edges raked – how can we express gratitude for those who have kept our lives even and productive during this worldwide pandemic? We hang decorations on our friend, the tangerine...

December 21, 2020

 

This episode of Spotlights features Dr. Sarah Pike, professor in the Comparative Religion and Humanities Department at California State University, Chico. She discusses her ethnographic and historical research at the intersection of religion and ecology, particularly with regard to New Age and Neopagan communities. She also talks about her most recent book, For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism. Since this is our winter solstice episode, she provides us with some reflections on this seasonal event. You can find more...

December 17, 2020

The 4th Annual Flaring Forth Celebration, organized and hosted by Thomas Spiritbringer, was held November 9, 2020. The previous three celebrations were held at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, but this year it was held online due to the pandemic. The virtual format created an opportunity to gather with people from around the world. We celebrated three anniversaries: Thomas Berry’s birth anniversary in 1914, The Universe Story publication in 1992, and The Universe Story Calendar...

December 14, 2020

This week's episode of the FORE podcast features Jacob Erickson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics in the School of Religion at Trinity College Dublin. He introduces some of his work with theopoetics and queer ecology, and he shares some reflections on this year's virtual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, talking about some ways that nature, cosmology, ecology, bodies, and affect showed up in various panels and in the virtual media ecosystem of the conference itself. You can learn more about his...

December 9, 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, we wanted to take a look back and shine a spotlight on a few of the many wonderful volumes that have come out in the field this year. To go to the publisher's page for any book, just click on the title. Further resources for exploration have also been provided, when available.  Titles are arranged chronologically.

 

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December 7, 2020

In this week's episode of Spotlights, Sam Mickey welcomes Kimberly Carfore, PhD, to the podcast. She is an environmental studies professor at the University of San Francisco and a steering committee member for the Religion and Ecology unit of the American Academy of Religion. Together they reflect  on the first week of AAR's virtual meeting,  which began November 30th and will conclude later this week on December 10. Their discussion focuses specifically on ecologically panels happening at the conference,...

December 2, 2020

Welcome to December and the closing weeks of what has been quite a rollercoaster of a year for our world. We wanted to highlight a few of the many upcoming events related to the field this month. These events are not organized by the Forum, so if you have questions about them, please contact the organizers of each individual event. All of the following events are virtual and online, due to the continuing global pandemic.

 

November 29-December 10
Virtual AAR Annual Meeting 2020...

December 1, 2020

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This week's episode of Spotlights is all about the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), which is taking place virtually this year from November 30 to December 10. Our host (Sam Mickey) discusses the importance of the AAR for scholars of theology and religion, with specific attention to the AAR groups that focus on issues related to ecology, including the Religion and Ecology group as well as groups on Animals and Religion, Religion and Food, and Space, Place, and...

November 23, 2020

This week's episode of Spotlights features Whitney Bauman, PhD, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University, and co-founder and co-director of the nonprofit research center, Counterpoint: Navigating Knowledge.

Whitney discusses the personal and professional influences that shape his engagement with religion and ecology, and he talks about some ideas from his recent work, like uncertainty, wicked problems, Critical Planetary Romanticism (CPR), and the interruption of the chronological...