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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 15, 2022


 

Since we released the Religions of the World and Ecology online courses through Yale/Coursera last December, we at the Forum have been frequently asked if it's possible to sample the course content before enrolling. We're very pleased to now share with you excerpts from the original course interviews, so you can get a taste of the rich content found in these classes. 

Remember that the courses are always free to audit. To get the courses for free, please follow these...

December 8, 2022

Warmest greetings to all of you as the colder days approach here in the Northern Hemisphere. Here we highlight some of the wonderful events happening this December related to religion and ecology. To see all upcoming offerings, check out our event page.

 

12/8, 3pm EST
Green Sabbath Project Gathering
“The Time of Progress and the Times of the Planet” with Whitney Bauman
Online. Free and open to all. Register here. 

During the covid pandemic...

December 5, 2022

This episode of Spotlights features Rowan Deer, PhD, author of Radical Animism: Reading for the End of the World (Bloomsbury, 2020), which brings together literary, philosophical, and scientific perspectives to rethink animism for the Anthropocene. She discusses the way her book juxtaposes authors like Virginia Woolf, Lewis Carroll, and William Shakespeare with the Copernican Revolution, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, and Sigmund Freud's theory of the unconscious. She also discusses the the role of deconstruction in her...

December 1, 2022

From 6 to 18 November 2022, government delegations from 198 countries convened for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. In advance of this global gathering, Yale Forum partners at Faith for Earth, an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), compiled a directory of all religiously-related side events held in relation to COP27. In addition to this curated list, UNEP Faith for Earth also also released a guide for faith actors–and other stakeholders...

November 23, 2022

At this time of year, we at the Forum want to take a moment to express our gratitude for the animals, the wise sacred trees, the wind, and the water. 

For the Indigenous peoples on whose land we now reside.

And for all of you working every day to protect and restore our beloved Earth community. For you we offer this lovely poem by poet Alberto Alvaro Rios. We can create something greater–together.

 

When Giving Is All We Have
By Alberto Ríos

One river...

November 22, 2022

This episode of Spotlights features our host, Sam Mickey, discussing eco-anxiety, which is generally defined as a chronic worry, distress, or fear concerning ecological devastation. Struggles with eco-anxiety have increased in recent years, and they have been exacerbated by the conditions of the coronavirus pandemic. Sam reflects on two recently published anthologies that he edited with Douglas A. Vakoch, Eco-Anxiety and Pandemic Distress: Psychological Perspectives on Resilience and Interconnectedness (Oxford University Press, 2022...

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 -...

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 not...

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 “...