With its conferences, publications, website, and newsletter, The Forum on Religion and Ecology is engaged in exploring religious worldviews, texts, ethics, and practices in order to broaden understanding of the complex nature of current environmental concerns. The Forum was created to assist environmental programs and movements with moral reflection that is culturally aware, academically grounded, and socially transformative. It welcomes broad perspectives and dialogues from the religious and spiritual traditions of the world in relation to contemporary environmental challenges, and is a platform for the increasing international interconnections between religion and ecology.
Eight questions with Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-Director
Where do ecology, culture, and spirituality connect in your work?
Everywhere! It is the heart of everything we do—with the Forum on Religion and Ecology and with Journey of the Universe.
What brought you to this work?
Teaching and living in Japan, meeting Thomas Berry, marrying John Grim! I have been much blessed!
What was the biggest challenge or accomplishment in your work last year?
Finishing the Thomas Berry biography.
What do you see happening in your field—or beyond, in the world—that you’re really excited about?
The academic field of religion and ecology is established in academia and growing in the larger society.
What matters most to you right now?
That we find a way to bring the spiritual dimensions of the environmental crisis forward with greater visibility and traction.
What does service mean to you?
Giving back to that which sustains all of life.
What keeps you going?
The beauty and complexity of the natural world.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Be in nature.
This project is fiscally sponsored by Yale University.