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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 12, 2023

This October marks the 40th anniversary of the Christian environmental justice organization, Creation Justice Ministries. In celebration, they will be holding a special event on Thursday October 26 at 7pm EST. The event will take place in-person, for those in the Washington DC area, but will also be live-streamed. Dr. Ben Chavis will preach and the celebratory service will feature the world premiere of two choral pieces by musicians and composers Ken Medema and Cathy Chamblee: “Sacred Earth” and “Elegy for a Glacier.” The...

October 5, 2023

Yesterday, on the Feast of St. Francis, the Vatican released the new apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis: “Laudate Deum,” or “Praise God” with the subtitle “To all people of good will on the climate crisis.” This environmental exhortation is a follow-up to his groundbreaking 2015 Laudato Si'. He explains the new title in section 73 by saying “'Praise God' is the title of this letter. For when human beings claim to take God’s place, they become...

September 28, 2023

Earlier this week, the UN held the Climate Ambition Summit at UN Headquarters in New York. A project of the Secretary General, his goal with this gathering was to “showcase 'first mover and doer' leaders from government, business, finance, local authorities, and civil society who came with credible actions, policies and plans – and not just pledges – to...

September 21, 2023

A few weeks ago at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago, an important plenary session was held titled “An Urgent Call to Protect the Amazon: An Interfaith Rainforest Initiative Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples.” The event was facilitated by the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, which aims to be seen as “a shared platform for religious leaders to work shoulder to shoulder with indigenous peoples to protect forests and the...

September 14, 2023

NYC Climate Week begins in just a few days and runs from September 17-24. Though there is unfortunately almost no expressly religious content, there are quite a few sessions that concern ecojustice, Indigenous issues, eco-anxiety, and other related topics. So, below we highlight some of the sessions and events that we thought might be of interest to Forum followers. This list is not comprehensive by any means, as the offerings during this event are quite abundant! See the calendar on the official website for a searchable list of every official event. In addition, many...

September 12, 2023

The fourth season of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology podcast, Spotlights, launched on August 21, 2023. Our host Sam Mickey has many exciting guests in store for us this year, so check back every other Monday for a new installment.

There are many ways to watch or listen to the podcast. You can find a running playlist of videos on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfoNnUIQBvM2DfHmBp5_X4NFfaI6Yss4S

You can also listen to these episodes by going here or searching for us on...

September 7, 2023

This past Sunday, Pope Francis said a mass during his trip to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. And in that mass, Francis quoted fellow Jesuit priest, philosopher, and scientist Teilhard de Chardin: “Radiant Word, blazing Power, you who mold the manifold so as to breathe life into it, I pray you, lay on us those your hands—powerful, considerate, omnipresent.” This quote...

August 31, 2023

 

The Vatican announced this week that Pope Francis will be releasing another encyclical on the environment on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis. This new papal letter—what some news outlets are calling Laudato Si' Part II or Laudato Si' 2.0—is exciting news, indeed. With the increasing challenges of our planet's climate emergency, and so many major weather events this year impacting so many around the world, this encyclical is very timely and much needed. Here are a few recent news stories...

August 24, 2023
As I reported last week, the RITA Summit was a rich and varied buffet of mental health professionals, scholars, activists, and more all coming together to address the issues of eco-anxiety and climate grief and how we find the strength to do this work and live in this increasingly challenging world. 

 
The event sparked much Hope in many who attended. And yet, I was also quite surprised by the final panel’s responses to moderator Mary Evelyn Tucker’s...

August 17, 2023

As we've reported here in the blog and on our social media channels, last week was the RITA (Resilience in the Anthropocene) Summit hosted by the Loka Inititative at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This gathering brought together activists, scholars, environmentalists, mental health practitioners, and more to discuss the growing crisis of climate/eco-anxiety and grief and globally mounting solastalgia and how we can transform and transmute this personally, in our communities, and as a planetary whole. This review is greater in...