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. 

June 20, 2022

In this week’s episode of Spotlights, our host Sam Mickey presents some brief reflections on Father’s Day, which is celebrated in North America and many other places on the third Sunday of June. Along with giving some historical context about the meaning of Father’s Day, Sam gives some personal reflections about the important role that his father (Robert Mickey) had and continues to have on his lifelong interests in religion and in the natural world.

You can watch the episode below or listen to...

June 16, 2022

We’re very pleased to share the following article from the May issue of the Yale Daily News Magazine, which celebrates our founders and directors, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, and their years of work in the joint degree program between Yale Divinity School and the Yale School of the Environment. 

“Profile: The Walk Along Prospect Street” provides a brief history of the joint MA and Mary Evelyn and John’s many contributions to its growth and development. It also...

June 13, 2022

This clip is an excerpt of the Spotlights episode featuring Rabbi Ellen Bernstein. In this clip, she discusses her ecological interpretation of the Bible, specifically the ecological implications of the first chapter of the book of Genesis. She wrote a wonderful book on the topic, The Splendor of Creation: A Biblical Ecology (Pilgrim Press).

More information about the book can be found on the publisher’s website here.

Details for the full episode are available here.

You can watch the clip below...

June 9, 2022

This year, Orion Magazine is celebrating 40 years of bringing rich and meaningful environmental writing to our world. They will mark this important milestone with an online event next Tuesday, June 14 at 6pm EST. The online event is free and open to all.  You can register for it here. 

According to the event site, the online event will consist of appearances by Margaret Atwood, Rebecca Solnit, Vanessa Nakate, Jane Goodall, Camille T. Dungy, Jeff VanderMeer, and many others, plus a tribute to nature writer Barry Lopez, who...

June 6, 2022

This week’s episode of Spotlights features Rabbi Ellen Bernstein, a leader and pioneer in the field of religion and ecology. She discusses her work with Shomrei Adamah, Keepers of the Earth, the first national Jewish environmental organization, which she founded in 1988. She also talks about some of her work as an author and ecotheologian, focusing on the intersection of Judaism, Bible and ecology, including her ecotheology of Genesis 1 in The Splendor of Creation (2006), her ecologically centered Passover Haggadah in The...

June 2, 2022

Stockholm+50, the international high-level environmental meeting, begins today, June 2 , and runs through tomorrow, June 3. The theme for this meeting is “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity.” Read about the history, vision, objectives, and more here. Also see the video below for history on the original 1972 meeting. See a full UNEP playlist of videos related to Stockholm+50 here.

From the event site:
On 2 and 3 June 2022, a crucial international...

May 30, 2022

This week’s episode of Spotlights is a short tribute to the memory of Rosemary Radford Ruether, who passed away on May 21, 2022, at the age of 85. She’s a scholar of feminism and a Catholic theologian, famous for her foundational work in feminist theology, including, among many other things, important contributions to ecofeminism and the field of religion and ecology. This brief clip is but one of many obituaries and tributes that are continuing to come out. You can find more information at this blog post here on the Forum...

May 26, 2022

As many have already heard, Rosemary Radford Ruether, one of the leading, and one of the first, ecofeminist theologians passed away on May 21 at the age of 85.  She was a dynamic force and an important voice for many decades. Her writing was prolific and groundbreaking. Volumes such as New Woman, New Earth: Sexist Ideologies and Human Liberation (Seabury, 1975), Gaia and God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing (HarperOne 1994), Women Healing Earth: Third World Women on Ecology, Feminism, and Religion (Maryknoll 1996), and many more are...

May 23, 2022

This is a clip from the episode of Spotlights featuring Huda Alkaff, the Founder and Director of Wisconsin Green Muslims, a grassroots group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin formed in 2005 to connect faith, environmental justice, and sustainability through education and service. In this clip, she talks about the cosmological and ecological orientation of Islam, particularly as expressed in the Quran and Hadith.

You can watch the clip below or listen to it here.

Details for the full episode are here.

An archive of...

May 19, 2022

Next week will be the third annual Laudato Si’ Week from May 22-29, to celebrate and raise awareness for Pope Francis’ papal encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home.” This year’s theme is “Listening and Journeying Together.” There will be official events broadcast on Facebook live and other social media outlets, as well as grassroots community gatherings all over the world. 

From the event site:
Laudato Si’ Week began as a way to celebrate the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ world-changing papal...