Upcoming Online Events

Tara C. Trapani


We wanted to highlight a number of upcoming online events. There is certainly an abundance of rich offerings to kick off the year that you can access no matter where you are in the world. From Thomas to Teilhard to trees, these webinars promise to engage and inform, including one on the increasingly important subject of ecological civilization. 


Faith Action for Better Human, Animal, and Planetary Health

January 18, 2024, 9am EST

The United Nations has identified food system transformation as an urgent priority. Food systems contribute nearly one third of greenhouse gas emissions and up to 80 per cent of biodiversity loss. Yet, more than 3.1 billion people in the world cannot afford a healthy diet. 900 million people suffer severe hunger. Moving away from business as usual will require national and international action at governmental level.  With their influence over the 80% of the global population who profess adherence to a particular faith, the faiths have a vital role to play in securing better human, animal and planetary health.

Speakers: ​Vandana Shiva, ​Azmaira Alibhai, ​Martin Palmer, David Clough, Thomas Legrand, Marium Husain, Joyce D'Silva, and ​Rabbi Yonatan Neril. Introduction by Philip Lymbery. Chaired by Susie Weldon.

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Thomas Berry: 
The Spiritual and Ecological Vision in his Life and Work

January 24, 2024, 2pm EST
Sliding scale donation

Thomas Berry was one of the leading thinkers of the 20th century. Born in North Carolina, he lived primarily in New York City but also spent time in Europe and Asia. His planetary reach was striking, both in his knowledge of world history and religion, but also in his celebration of the evolution of the Earth and universe. His understanding of cosmology and ecology were an inspiration for the Journey of the Universe project, an award winning film, book, podcasts, and online courses.

Speakers: Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Sam King; Moderator: Roberto Chiotti

Hosted by the Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace

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East and West Dialogue on Ecological Civilization

February 6, 2024, 5-8pm EST

Many people around the world, including civil society, scientists, youth, and policymakers are concerned about the future of our common home and the choices we must make today to ensure that we change our course and stop contributing to our current planetary crises. To do this, all decision-makers, including governments, the private sector, and individuals must come together to achieve our global goals for justice, sustainability and peace, guided by common values. Through this intercultural dialogue, we will explore what it means to work towards an ecological civilization and what we can learn from the knowledge we have and what we have accomplished so far.

With Mary Evelyn Tucker, Jinfeng Zhou, Zhihe Wang, and Julia Kim. Moderators: Amanda Bennett and Sifan Jiang.

Hosted by Earth Charter International

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Listening to Other Voices:
A Faith Perspective from Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry

February 15, 2024, 7:00-8:30pm EST
Online and in-person at Glastonbury Abbey

The dynamic team of Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim return for this year’s exploration of what it means to be human. They will explore the lives and thought of Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry as transformative visions of being fully human. Touching on the personal spiritual journey of each man, they will highlight key ideas from both and reflect on how such an evolutionary perspective provides a new story for our times.

With Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

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Poetics of the Forest

February 21, 2024, 12pm EST

The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment, the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, and Orion Magazine present the fifth event in a series to celebrate Orion’s anthology, Old Growth. “The Poetics of Forests” features a conversation between the award-winning poet Ellen Bass (Indigo and Like a Beggar) and Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-author of Journey of the Universe and co-director of Yale’s Forum on Religion and Ecology. The event centers on a dialogue around the poetic dimensions of forests, including how the old growth forests near Ellen Bass’s home in Santa Cruz have inspired her own work, and how poetry as a genre can help give form to the many socio-cultural meanings of the forest.

Introductions by Amy Brady and Gary Dunning; Featured author: Ellen Bass; Moderator: Mary Evelyn Tucker
Sponsored by Orion Magazine, The Forest School at Yale, The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

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