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“All I'm saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we're caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, 1965

We encourage you to read a wonderful New York Times op-ed by Drew Dellinger entitled
“Dr. King’s Interconnected World.”

We hope this newsletter supports your own work for the flourishing of the Earth Community in these challenging times.
Religion and Ecology Concentration

Yale Divinity School has a concentrated program of study in the Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) degree path in Religion and Ecology. It is the first program of its kind in the United States and draws on faculty resources from biblical studies, ethics, liturgical studies, pastoral care, spirituality, theology, and world religions and ecology.  This program grows out of the decades-long work of many people in the fields of religion and ecology, in Christianity and ecology, and the leadership of Jennifer Herdt and Greg Sterling. Read more about this concentration here.

Paul Waldau
“The Animal-Human Divide” (Online Course)
Paul Waldau will again be teaching an introductory Animal Studies course during Harvard’s 2018 Summer School session. The course “The Animal-Human Divide,” which is entirely online, is listed under the Anthrozoology department. Enrollment opens in March, and the course runs June 23 to August 11. The deadline for registration will be in mid-May. A copy of the course syllabus is available at If you would like to get a sense of the course and how Paul teaches it, you can write Paul directly at
New Film: AWAKE,
A Dream from Standing Rock
The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. While many may know the details, AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. The film is a collab­oration between Indigenous filmmakers, Director Myron Dewey, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather and environmental Oscar Nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione.
Robin Kimmerer
Podcasts for Yale Class on “A Communion of Subjects”
We are happy to share podcasts from a Yale University class entitled “A Communion of Subjects:  Law, Environment, and Religion,” taught by Douglas Kysar, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and John Grim. This interdisciplinary class was cross-listed with Yale Law School, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Yale Divinity School. You can listen to the podcasts here.  You can also view the syllabus for the class here.

Nuns Continue to Resist Pipeline
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ continue to demonstrate resistance against a natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  As an article from the Global Sisters Report notes, the pipeline fight went to an appeals court in mid-January: "The sisters were appealing the U.S. District Court's decision, in August 2017, to dismiss their claim that the building of a pipeline through their land violated their religious freedom."  You can find more news here.
Webcast Series on Sustainability, Ethics and Action in collaboration with CITVN has produced a webcast series on the reading of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si. Over 36 weeks the webcast series will focus on different sections of Laudato Si led by 56 experts from churches, NGOs, businesses, governments and academia related to the environment and sustainability. The broadcast of these sessions started January 30th, and will take place every Tuesday until July. Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

“Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times”
Yale University Online Classes with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
You may audit the courses free of charge and sign up at anytime.
The next session starts February 15.

February 10, 2018
“Tikkun Salon: Carolyn Merchant on the Anthropocene and the Human Future”
Berkeley, CA, USA

March 16, 2018
“Religion & Ecology Summit 2018”
Theme: Gender in Religion and Ecology
Keynote by Mary Evelyn Tucker
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA, USA

March 16-18, 2018
“The Great Conversation Retreat: Nature & the Care of the Soul”
Retreat with Belden C Lane
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, IA, USA

March 21-23, 2018
“Southeast Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education”
Implications for Teaching, Learning and Seminary Life
For Seminary Faculty & Deans from Southern States
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, USA

March 22-23, 2018
“Integral Ecology for the Common Good: Catholic Perspectives on Science, Sustainability, and Justice”
St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Public Keynote Featuring Ilia Delio, OSF: March 22, 2018 - 7:30pm

April 7-8, 2018
“Heaven and Earth”
Workshop with Dan McKanan, Steffen Schneider & Claus Sproll
Hawthorne Valley Association, Ghent, NY, USA

April 11, 2018
“One River, Ethics Matter: Western Montana”
University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA

April 14, 2018
“Jainism and the Environment”
University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA

April 18-20, 2018
“Yale Graduate Conference in Religion and Ecology”
Open to undergraduates and graduate students
Theme: Water
Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
This event will include a film screening of Journey of the Universe on April 19 at 6:30pm. Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim will lead discussion.

April 21, 2018
“Our Sacred Earth, Our Common Home”
An afternoon of reflection and action on Laudato Si' with Mary Evelyn Tucker
La Vista Ecological Learning Center, Godfrey, IL, USA

April 22-24, 2018
“Saint Louis Climate Summit”
Working to Fulfill Pope Francis’ Call to Unite in Care of our Common Home
Includes talks by Cardinal Peter Turkson and Peter Raven, and panels with Mary Evelyn Tucker and Heather Eaton
Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA

April 27-28, 2018
“Spirituality in the 21st Century: Cosmic Spirit: Planetary Spirituality for All”
Retreat with Miriam Therese Winter & Sara Thomsen
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, IA, USA

April 28, 2018
“Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering 2018”
Augustine United Church, Edinburgh, Scotland

May 26 - June 3, 2018
"The Mystical Perspective of Earth and Cosmic Consciousness: Walking the Sacred By-Paths"
With Sisters of Earth Denise Turcotte, Norman Comtois, and Dorothy Landry
Mariandale Retreat Center, Ossining, NY, USA

May 28 - June 3, 2018
“Faith & Ecology Retreat: Discipleship for the 21st Century, Living in the Spirit of Laudato Si’”
Facilitated by Sisters from across the Canadian Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph
Villa St. Joseph, Coburg, ON, Canada

June 5-8, 2018
“A Green Attica for a Sustainable Environment: Preserving the Planet and Protecting Its People”
The Saronic Islands, Attica, Greece
The symposium is jointly sponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Region of Attica.

June 13-15, 2018
“As Creation Groans: Worshiping God on Holy Ground”
Annual conference of the Congregations Project of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music
Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT, USA

June 18-20, 2018
“God’s Creation and Human Responsibility”
2018 Luce-Hartford Conference in Christian-Muslim Relations
Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT, USA

June 18-21, 2018
“‘Full of Your Glory’: Liturgy, Cosmos, Creation”
Liturgy Conference 2018
Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

June 24-28, 2018
“Let the Phenomena Speak! Deepening our Relation to Life on Earth”
2018 Summer Course at The Nature Institute, Ghent, NY, USA

June 29 - July 1, 2018
“The Universe Story: Understanding and Experiencing the Unfolding Story”
University of Winchester - West Downs Campus, Winchester, Hampshire, England

July 12-15, 2018
“Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream: Creating the Future We Want”
2018 Sisters of Earth Conference
Mount Saint Joseph University, Cincinnati, OH, USA

July 26-29, 2018
“Big History, Big Future: A Cosmic Perspective”
4th International Big History Association Conference
The Emergent Universe Oratorio will be performed on July 28 at 7:30pm.
Villanova University, Villanova, PA, USA


For many more event listings, visit the calendar on our website.
For a full listing of Journey of the Universe screenings, go to the Journey site here.
Calls for Papers
“Religious Perspectives and Alternative Futures in an Age of Humans.” Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA (May 17-20, 2018). Submission Deadline: February 11, 2018

“Displacement and Architecture Symposium 2018.” University of Miami and Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables, FL, USA (May 22-25, 2018). Submission deadline: February 12, 2018.

“(Un)common Worlds: Contesting the Limits of Human–Animal Communities”. Human-Animal Studies Conference. University of Turku, Finland (August 7-9, 2018). Submission deadline: February 28, 2018.

American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. Denver, CO, USA (November 17-20, 2018). Submission deadline: March 1, 2018.

“Big History, Big Future: A Cosmic Perspective.” 4th International Big History Association Conference. Villanova University, Villanova, PA, USA (July 26-29, 2018). Submission deadline: March 12, 2018.
New Publications

New Books:

Meaningful Flesh: Reflections on Religion and Nature for a Queer Planet
Edited by Whitney A. Bauman
Punctum Books, 2018
Religious Agrarianism and the Return of Place: From Values to Practice in Sustainable Agriculture
By Todd LeVasseur
SUNY series on Religion and the Environment
State University of New York Press, 2017

Hinduism and Nature
By Nanditha Krishna
India Penguin, 2017

Integral Ecology: Protecting Our Common Home
Edited by Gerard Magill, Jordan Potter
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018
All Creation is Connected: Voices in Response to Pope Francis's Encyclical on Ecology
Edited by Daniel R. DiLeo
Anselm Academic, 2017
John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker have an article in this book.
The Ways that Big History Works: Cosmos, Life, Society and our Future
Edited by Barry Rodrigue, Leonid Grinin, and Andrey Korotayev
Volume III of From Big Bang to Galactic Civilization: A Big History Anthology  
Primus Books, 2017

Teaching Kids to Care for God’s Creation–Reflections, Activities and Prayers for Catechists and Families
By Mary Elizabeth Clark, SSJ
Twenty-Third Publications, 2018

 News Articles:

“Pope’s message to Amazonia inspires hope, but will it bring action?”
By Justin Catanoso, Mongabay, January 22, 2018

“From the Amazon, Francis decries policies that 'strangle' indigenous”
By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, January 19, 2018
“Amid attacks on churches, Francis tells Chilean indigenous to shun violence”
By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, January 17, 2018
“Is Fossil Fuel Investment a Sin?” 
By Erin Lothes Biviano, Daniel DiLeo, Cristina Richie, and Tobias Winright, Health Care Ethics USA 26, no. 1 (Winter 2018): 1-8. 

“Loyola’s free e-textbook brings environmental ethics to classes worldwide”
By Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter, January 30, 2018
“Pope to teachers: Help kids live with care for all of creation.”
By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service, National Catholic Reporter, January 5, 2018

“Do We Care Enough About Mother Earth?”
By Ryan Torok, Jewish Journal, January 24, 2018

“How Much Does Climate Change Cost? Try $1.5 Trillion (and Counting)”
By Mark Trahant, YES! Magazine, January 11, 2018
“‘This is a sin.’ Public appeals to Pruitt’s religion”
By Niina Heikkinen, E&E News, January 12, 2018

For more articles, see the News page of the Forum site.
Job Openings and Student Opportunities
Associate Professor in Religious Studies (with a focus on Indigenous Religions) at University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway

Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in the Department of Geosciences

Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light

Environmental Humanities Teacher (High School Government/English)

Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit: A Multifaith Peace, Justice and Earthcare Program for Young Adults

Re:Generate Fellowship

Assistant Director at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat

Job Openings at Faith in Place

Job Openings at Global Catholic Climate Movement

Find further details on these openings here.
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