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. 

November 17, 2022

This year’s American Academy of Religion’s Annual Meeting officially begins in just a couple of days in Denver, and we wanted to share with you some of the ecology-related sessions that will be taking place there. 

First, the Forum will be co-hosting a pre-meeting event along with the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture (session ID M18-112). This bring-your-own lunch will take place Friday November 18 from 12:00 - 2:00pm at the Sheraton Downtown-Terrace (I.M. Pei Tower - Terrace Level - 1...

November 10, 2022

We’re please to share that the Forum now has an Instagram profile! We’ve recently become a part of the Instagram community and we’ve begun to share there about upcoming events, new book releases, podcast interviews, events and public appearances, and more. We’ll also be sharing some more personal perspectives and imagery direct from our team members. 

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, as well. Though both channels will share some content, much of what will appear on each is unique and does...

November 8, 2022

This week’s episode of Spotlights features a short behind-the-scenes look at a team meeting for the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, with some brief remarks about the Forum from Tara Trapani, Elizabeth McAnally, Sam King, Anna Thurston, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and John Grim, including a final comment from our host, Sam Mickey. We hope you enjoy this little glimpse into our team meeting and get a better understanding of the way the Forum functions as a watershed for so many activities, projects, and resources that make up...

November 3, 2022

Next week is the 26th annual Festival of Faiths in Louisville, Kentucky. This year’s theme is “Sacred Stories: Contemplation and Connection.” The opening ceremonies will take place Wednesday evening, November 9, and the sessions will be held Thursday-Saturday. The event is in-person and there is a fee–you can purchase a festival pass for all 4 days or tickets for individual events. 

Our co-founder and director, Mary Evelyn Tucker will be appearing Friday evening at 7:30 pm on a panel titled “...

October 27, 2022

Tomorrow, Friday October 28, Trinity Washington University will hold their Environmental Justice Symposium, which is part of their 125th anniversary celebration and all-alumni reunion. The event will go from 9am-5:30pm EST. The entire event will be live-streamed here. The keynote speech at 9:30am EST will be given by our own founders and directors, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.

From the event site:
The Environmental Justice Symposium will feature a keynote by Yale Professor...

October 25, 2022

This episode of Spotlights pays tribute to the French philosopher and social theorist, Bruno Latour (1947-2022). His work has been widely influence for science and technology studies, philosophy, and ecological thought. Religion also figures into his work, although it is not as well known as his writings on science and ecology. Several good overviews of his life and thought have been published since his passing. Here is one from The Guardian.

Watch the episode below or listen to it here.

An archive of previous episodes can be...

October 20, 2022

On September 21, Spain made history by granting personhood status to the ecologically troubled Mar Menor Lagoon, the largest saltwater lagoon in Europe. The lagoon, home to many marine species, including the endangered European eel, has been in crisis for years, seeing massive fish die-offs and algae blooms. This is thought to be due to fertilizer runoff from nearby farms and heavy metal runoff from old mining operations. See this New York Times article for more history of the environmental issues at Mar Menor and...

October 17, 2022

The best-selling author and historian of religion, Karen Armstrong, has written a new book, Sacred Nature: Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World (Penguin, 2022).  Her exploration of the spiritual power of nature across traditions will undoubtedly be of great interest to scholars and teachers of religion and ecology. 

The aim and scope of the book is summarized well by this excerpt from the book’s description on the publisher’s website: 

Karen Armstrong re-sacralizes nature for modern times. Drawing on her...

October 13, 2022

On October 24 at 7pm EST, our co-founder and co-director, Mary Evelyn Tucker will be giving a talk on “Reimagining our Environmental Future: Journeying from Impasse to Inspired Action.” It will be held both in-person at the Westport Library in Westport, Connecticut and online. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required.  You can find further details on the Westport Library site. 

Go here to register for the in-person event

October 10, 2022

This week’s episode of Spotlights features Daniel Scheid, PhD, the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Theology at Duquesne University. We talk about his work with comparative theology and ecological ethics, including questions of interreligious dialogue, the cosmological context of religion and ecology, and the enduring value of Catholic Social Teaching. We also talk about his book where many of these questions are raised, The Cosmic Common Good: Religious Grounds for Ecological Ethics (Oxford...