Faiths for Forests, Amazon Synod, Georgetown Conference on Thomas Berry, and more
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“In the Temple of Autumn”
By Duane Tucker

Look! In the choir on the hills,
Trees are singing,
Chalice gold with praise.

In the glen below, sun blurts a brief
But dazzling sermon. Lime and lemon maples
Whisper their amazements.

It’s so still you can almost hear the hymns
Of the leaves
As they sail
Down to give

You see in the pond’s perfect placidity
Where years of prayer
And stillness will take you.
On its shoulders leaves drift blissfully,
Sensing they are on the periphery
Of eternity.

Trees meditate plunging deeper,
Ever deeper into the tar
Dark of wisdom.

Here and there circles silver. Softly,
Shyly the depths are offering you
Their secrets, too.

Autumn exhales.
Incense fills the forest. And you,
At last, become the temple.

We hope this newsletter supports your own work for the flourishing of the Earth community in these challenging times.

Faiths for Forests Campaign

Faiths for Forests is a global campaign and call to action by the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative. The campaign supports religious leaders, faith communities, and places of worship around the world to get involved in efforts to protect, restore, and sustainably manage tropical forests and to advocate for the rights of the indigenous peoples and forest communities that are on the front lines of the fight to halt and reverse tropical deforestation. The Faiths for Forests campaign provides faith-based organizations, networks, and places of worship around the world a space to: 1. endorse the Faiths for Forests Declaration, 2. access educational materials for religious leaders and faith communities on forests (issue primers, country fact sheets, and faith toolkits), and 3. share the campaign with others on social media.
“Amazonia: New Paths for the Church
and for an Integral Ecology”

On October 6-27, the Synod of Bishops is holding a special assembly at the Vatican entitled “Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology.” The synod will discuss the Amazon region and its people in the context of integral ecology. As the Instrumentum Laboris, or working document, of the Synod on the Amazon states, “The culture of the Amazon, which integrates human beings with nature, constitutes a benchmark for building a new paradigm of integral ecology” (IL 56). Read news articles about the Amazon synod here.
“Confucianism and Cosmology”
(Yale Center Beijing)
On October 12, Yale Center Beijing in China will host “Confucianism and Cosmology.” The event will address this question: How does Chinese thought energize and elevate an evolutionary worldview? Journey of the Universe (with Chinese subtitles) will be shown, followed by a panel discussion with Tu Weiming, Lu Feng, Qiao Qingju, and Yao Xinzhong. Mary Evelyn Tucker will moderate the panel. This event will also celebrate the 80th birthday of Tu Weiming.  View the program and bios here.
“Thomas Berry and ‘The Great Work’”
(Conference at Georgetown University)
On October 30-31, Georgetown University in Washington D.C. will host “Thomas Berry and ‘The Great Work.’” This special conference will explore the life and legacy of ecologist and theologian Thomas Berry and will celebrate the publication of Thomas Berry: A Biography (Columbia University Press, 2019) by Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Andrew Angyal. The conference will include presentations on Berry’s intellectual journey, “The New Story,” the “Journey of the Universe,” Laudato Si and the “Dream of the Earth,” and the challenge of “The Great Work.” Speakers include Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, Dan Sheridan, Steve Dunn, C.P., Brian Brown, John Borelli, Kusumita Pedersen, Kathleen Duffy, S.S.J., Kathleen Deignan, Leo Lefebure, Heather Eaton, Brian Thomas Swimme, Catherine Amy Kropp, Dan Scheid, Nancy Wright, and John Robert McNeill. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. View the flyer and visit the event website.
Journey of the Universe Podcasts:
“Healing and Revision” and “Sustainable Energy”
This month the Journey of the Universe Project features two podcasts: “Healing and Revision” with Belvie Rooks and “Sustainable Energy” with Paula Gonzalez. These podcasts explore how we can heal our past and empower our future through a broader sense of self, place, and participation in the story of the Universe. Learn more by visiting the Journey of the Universe website. You can sign up for the Journey newsletter 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 October 21, 2019.

October 14-16, 2019
EcoPeace Workshop on Water Security

October 17, 2019

“Buddhism, Science, and Nature”
Lecture by Dr. Hugh Nicholson
Loyola University, Chicago, IL, USA

October 18-20, 2019

“Shamanic Healing for the Interior and Exterior Landscape”
Retreat with Randy Chung Gonzales & Frédérique Apffel-Marglin
The Rowe Center, Rowe, MA, USA

October 19-20, 2019

Green Churches Forum: “The Gift of Water”
Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada

Begins October 21, 2019

“The Worldview of Thomas Berry”
Study Group with Coursera Course facilitated by Shirley Pevarnik

October 24-25, 2019

“Princeton Environmental Forum”
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Mary Evelyn Tucker will be part of a panel on Environmental Humanities at this event.

October 26, 2019

“Cape Cod Climate Change: Taking Action”
Second Annual Cape Cod and Islands Faith and Science Forum
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Chatham, MA, USA
Moderator: Dan Wolf
Presenters: Philip Duffy, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and Julian Cyr
Panelists: Richard Delaney, Andrew Gottlieb, Chris Powicki, and Montana Bailey

October 28, 2019

“Interfaith Seminary Symposium on Ecological Behavior”
University of Notre Dame at Tantur in Jerusalem

November 3-5, 2019

“Los Angeles Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education”
American Jewish University, Brandeis Bardin Campus
Simi Valley, CA, USA

November 3-5, 2019

“Trans-Himalayan Environmental Humanities: Integrating Indigenous Mountain Knowledge, Modern Sciences, and Global Endeavours for a Sustainable Himalayan Region”
Kunming, China

November 5-7, 2019

EcoPeace Annual Conference
Dead Sea Jordan

November 6-7, 2019

“Water in Times of Climate Change”
UNEP Symposium with the Ecumenical Patriarch
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

November 6-8, 2019

“Thinking Landscape in the Anthropocene”
1st International Conference of Philosophy of Landscape
University of Lisbon, Portugal

November 7-10, 2019

“Living in Love with Earth”
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center, Bangor, PA, USA

November 8-10, 2019

“Journeying with Pope Francis, Roots and Challenges”
Pedro Arrupe Jesuit Institute, Miami, Florida, USA

November 9, 2019

“Thomas Berry: A Biography”
Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, USA
With authors Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim of Yale University, who will also salute the Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue on its 10th anniversary with the Thomas Berry Award. This event will celebrate the birthday of Thomas Berry.

November 10-15, 2019

“Living on the Hinge of History with Defiant Hope: Engaging the Climate Crisis”
Retreat with Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM, USA

November 16, 2019

“3rd Annual Flaring Forth Celebration with Brian Thomas Swimme”
Theme: The Great Work
Holy Names University, Oakland, CA, USA

November 23-26, 2019

American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA
The annual Forum on Religion and Ecology luncheon will be held Friday, November 22 at 12pm. RSVP by Nov. 7 to
Tara Trapani. The Religion and Ecology Workshop on “Cosmology and Ecology” will follow the luncheon at 2:30pm. Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim will be presenting on Thomas Berry: A Biography with a response by Heather Eaton. Brian Thomas Swimme will be presenting on a new edition of his book Hidden Heart of the Cosmos with a response by Sam Mickey.

December 6-8, 2019

“Love at the Heart of the Cosmos: Living in Relational Wholeness”
Second annual Omega Center conference
Speakers: Sr. Ilia Delio, Ursula King, John F. Haught, Sr. Kathleen Duffy, and Cynthia Bourgeault
Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, 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
Calls for Papers

“Religion and the Experience of Nature: Comparative Perspectives.” Interdisciplinary Symposium. Center for Advanced Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Munich, Germany (March 19-20, 2020). Submission deadline: October 31, 2019.

“Sustainability and Climate in Religion: Challenges and Potential for Society and Schools.” Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway (February 12-14, 2020). Submission deadline: November 1, 2019.

“Ambiguous Legacies, Contested Futures: Re-Assessing Cornerstone Figures in the American Environmental Tradition.” Special issue of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, edited by Russell C. Powell. Submission deadline: November 8, 2019.

Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Islands: Opportunities for Faith-Engaged Approaches. This peer-reviewed book edited by Dr Johannes Luetz and Prof Patrick Nunn will be published as part of Springer Nature’s “Climate Change Management Series.” Submission deadline: November 30, 2019.

Seventh Oxford Summer School on Animal Ethics. Theme: "Animals and Public Policy: Embodying, Implementing, and Institutionalising Animal Ethics." St Stephen’s House, University of Oxford, UK (July 26-29, 2020). Submission deadline: January 15, 2020.
New Publications

New Books:

Inside Out: Practices for Going Deeper in Nature
By Beth Norcross with assistance from Jennifer Baker. The Center for Spirituality in Nature, 2019.

Start SINGing: How to Form Your Own Spirituality in Nature Group
By Beth Norcross. The Center for Spirituality in Nature, 2019.

Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics: Religion and the Environment
By Emma Frances Bloomfield. Routledge, 2019.

In Pursuit of Hope: A Guide for the Seeker
By Arthur Lyon Dahl. George Ronald, 2019.

Love is Green: Compassion as Responsibility in the Ecological Emergency
By Lucy Weir. Vernon Books, 2019.
24% discount code through Vernon Press: CFC177099DBE

New Journal Issue:

Special Issue of Religions:
“Religious Environmental Activism in Asia: Case Studies in Spiritual Ecology”
Guest Editor: Leslie E. Sponsel
Open Access

“New Roles for Indigenous Women in an Indian Eco-Religious Movement”
By Radhika Borde. Religions 10, no. 10 (September 2019).

“Buddhist Integration of Forest and Farm in Northern Thailand”
By Susan M. Darlington. Religions 10, no. 9 (September 2019).

View more articles in this special issue

News Articles:

“Faith pledges push global fossil fuel divestments over $11 trillion”
By Brian Roewe. National Catholic Reporter. September 13, 2019.

“‘The dominant theological issue’: Environmentalist Bill McKibben wants your pastor at the global climate strike”
By Whitney Bauck. Washington Post. September 19, 2019.

“Interfaith leaders step up to protect the world’s ‘sacred’ rainforests”
By Justin Catanoso. Mongabay. September 17, 2019.

“For Pope Francis, a Perfect Moment for an Unsettling Warning on the Environment”
By Jason Horowitz. New York Times. September 7, 2019.

“Awareness remains an issue as global climate strikes draw millions”
By Brian Roewe. National Catholic Reporter. September 30, 2019.

“Indigenous Leaders Fight To Save America’s Largest National Forest”
The Real News Network. September 10, 2019.

“Solutions to save, protect forests needed ‘without delay,’ says cardinal”
Catholic News Service. Crux. September 24, 2019.

“To aid the environment, Buddhism teaches us to see interdependence between nature and living”
By the Venerable Thubten Jampa. The Spokesman-Review. September 23, 2019.

“Why Turkish academic Ibrahim Ozdemir is pushing for an Islamic approach to environmentalism”
By Austin Bodetti. The New Arab. September 12, 2019.

“Defenders of the Earth: UN Champions whose passion for the planet defined their lives”
UN Environment. September 16, 2019.

For more articles, see the
News page of the Forum site.
Job Openings and Student Opportunities

Assistant Professor of East Asian Religions
(Lafayette College, Easton, PA, USA)

Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program in Sustainable Development
(Columbia University, New York, NY, USA)

Human-Animal Studies Program Director
(Animals and Society Institute, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. This job can be remote.)

Religion-Environment Photo Contest
(Hosted by Ohio State University)

Pulitzer Center Grants for reporting on Religion and the Environment

Job Openings at Global Catholic Climate Movement

Fellowships for Activists Fighting for Environmental and Social Justice

Find further details on these openings here.
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