Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology co-founders Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim sit at a table in conversation.
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The Forum on Religion and Ecology

New Haven, CT

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. 

“Issues of equity and justice and a peaceful world and a coherent culture— they’ve got to be rewoven, but they can’t be rewoven without a profound spiritual base and that spiritual base has to be fundamentally in the earth.” 
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-Director
FORE Co-Founder Mary Evelyn Tucker

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.

Featured Media

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Cosmological Re-inheritance

In this podcast, Mary Evelyn Tucker discusses the Journey of the Universe and the threads of connectivity between our cosmological and ecological histories.
John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker

The Flourishing of the Earth Community

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim on how we as a global community can transition to an ethic of interdependence that can serve as an inspiring vision for integrating ecology, justice, and peace.

This project is fiscally sponsored by Yale University.