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March 2017
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MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER

Welcome to our monthly newsletter!
Here are some of this month's highlights.

We are pleased to announce that Yale Divinity School is launching a new Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) focused on Religion and Ecology. It will be the first M.A.R. program of its kind in the United States and will draw on faculty resources from across the disciplines of theology, ethics, spirituality, Biblical studies, and history of religions. This program grows out of the work of many people at the Divinity School and is an indication that the field of religion and ecology is becoming more established in academia.
Read the full story on our site here.

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim are teaching four MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) at Yale through the online platform, Coursera, featured as a specialization under the theme of "Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times." You may audit the courses free of charge and sign up at anytime. Here are a few testimonials from those who have taken the course:


 
"A truly insightful and enlightening course that will provide a clear understanding of the creation of the universe and of life in a scientific sense."

"This is Big History meets the big picture of how humans ground and bring the knowledge of the Anthropocene back into our daily lives with purpose and meaning. Great course that combines head and heart!"

"This course is a must. There is just no other course that can nurture your spiritual yearnings within the framework of science. Take it. It's a wonderful course."

"A profound intellectual journey. Take this course and immerse yourself in the beautiful nature of our universe."
 

We hope this newsletter supports your own work and helps you further your engagements with the field of Religion and Ecology.
Kusumita Pedersen
"Pope Francis, the Interfaith Movement, and Global Environmental Ethics"
This month we're pleased to feature Kusumita Pedersen's article "Pope Francis, the Interfaith Movement, and Global Environmental Ethics," which appeared in the December 2016 issue of Interreligious Insight. Kusumita is Professor Emerita at St. Francis College and the Vice-chair of the Parliament of the World's Religions. To read the article in its entirety, go to our site here.

 
Myanmar

17th Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious (AMOR XVII)

On February 27 – March 3, 2017, the 17th Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious (AMOR XVII) was held in Yangon, Myanmar.  The theme of this conference was "A Call for Global Ecological Conversion" and used Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home" and his papal bull, Misericordia Vultus. Read more on the Forum website.

Ganges
Rivers Granted Same Legal Rights as Human Beings
In an exciting legal turn of events, a New Zealand court has granted unprecedented status to the Whanganui River, considered an ancestor by the Whanganui tribe of the Maori.  Read more about the New Zealand decision here. Days later, an Indian court in Uttarakhand cited the New Zealand example & granted similar status to the Ganges & Yamuna Rivers. In January 2011, the Forum and TERI University organized a workshop on the Yamuna River.
Read about the Indian decision here.
Ghost Ranch
Ghost Ranch Workshop
Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM will host a special workshop entitled “Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story for Our Shared Future” July 2-8, 2017. This event is 10th in a series on Earth-Honoring Faith: A Song of Songs.
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim have organized this workshop with the noted eco-theologian Larry Rasmussen. For more information visit our site here
Mountains
Mountains and Sacred Landscapes Conference in NYC

On April 20-23, an international conference will be held at The New School in Manhattan on mountains and sacred landscapes. This event will include 167 different speakers in the field, and will feature Karenna Gore, Steve Paulson, Ed Bernbaum, David Rothenberg, and more. Sponsors include the ISSRNC, the Rubin Museum, The Henry Luce Foundation, and The India China Institute, among others. For more information, go to the Forum site here.
Certification program
Seminary Environmental Certification Program
The Green Seminary Initiative (GSI) is welcoming applications for the Seminary Environmental Certification Program.  The 2017 enrollment deadline is April 22. Through this program, seminaries integrate care for creation into areas of education and spiritual formation; liturgy, ritual, and worship; building and grounds management; community life; and public leadership.  Learn more here.
Upcoming Events

March 29, 2017  
Dancing in Dreamtime
Book Reading with Scott Russell Sanders, Indiana University, emeritus professor of English
This event is one of the Environmental Humanities Talks at Yale.
Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA


March 30-31, 2017
Standing on Sacred Ground
Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
March 30: Screening of Pilgrims and Tourists, with filmmaker Christopher McLeod and special guest Tiokasin Ghosthorse (Cheyenne River Lakota)
March 31: Screening of Islands of Sanctuary, with filmmaker Christopher McLeod and special guest Terry Tempest Williams
Introductions by Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology


April 11, 2017  
“An Ecological Economics of Climate Change”
Talk with Richard Norgaard, UC Berkeley
Response from Matt Kotchen, Yale FES
This event is one of the Environmental Humanities Talks at Yale.
Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA


April 18, 2017  
“On the Papal Encyclical “Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home”
Talk with Peter Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Gardens, emeritus
Response by Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale FES and YDS
This event is one of the Environmental Humanities Talks at Yale.
Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA


April 18, 2017
“Connecting Faith, Environmental Justice and Sustainability”
Public Presentation by Huda Alkaff, Founder and Director of Wisconsin Green Muslims
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI, USA
 
April 20-23, 2017
“Mountains and Sacred Landscapes”
The New School, New York City, NY, USA

April 26-30, 2017
“Ecology of Awakening Immersion Retreat”
With Kerry Brady, Kristin Rothballer, and Brock Dolman
Private Retreat Center, Boonville, CA

April 28-29, 2017
“Sustainable Societies: Interreligious, Interdisciplinary Responses”
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, USA
Plenary speakers: Dr. Mary-Evelyn Tucker (Yale University) and Dr. Anantantand Rambachan (St. Olaf College)


May 11-13, 2017
“Human and Nonhuman Animals: Minds and Morals”
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA

May 20, 2017
American Teilhard Association Annual Meeting
“Cosmology and Ecology: The Influence of Teilhard on Berry”
Lecture by John Grim, President of the American Teilhard Association
Union Theological Seminary, New York City, NY, USA

We will celebrate 50 years of the Teilhard Association and 30 years of John's service as president with the presentation of the Thomas Berry Award to John.

May 31 - July 9, 2017
“River of Life: Connecticut River Pilgrimage, 2017”
Join for a day, several days, a week, or the entire journey.

June 9-10, 2017
“Learning & Thinking Workshop: Journey of the Universe Workshop for High School Teachers”
The Graduate Institute, Bethany, CT, USA
Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim will be presenting at this event.

June 25-30, 2017
“Institute on Teaching the World's Religions”
Cenacle Retreat Center, Chicago, IL, USA
The Journey of the Universe film will be shown on June 27 at 8:30am-3:30pm.
The Journey of the Universe Conversations will be shown on June 28 at 8:30am-12pm.
Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim will be presenting at this event.

June 25-29, 2017
“Pope Francis Points the Way for Carmel”
Carmelite Symposium 2017
Loyola University, Lake Shore Campus, Chicago, IL, USA
Mary Evelyn Tucker will give a presentation on “The Promise of Laudato Si for an Integral Ecology” on June 26 at 2pm.
There will be a film screening of Journey of the Universe on June 26 at 8pm, including discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim afterwards.

June 26-30, 2017
“Intersections: Faith and the New Cosmology”
Symposium/Retreat with Heather Eaton, Anne Marie Dalton, John Haught, and Brian Swimme
Santa Sabina Center, San Rafael, CA, USA
 
June 27 - July 4, 2017
“2017 Rome-Assisi Conference on Spirituality & Sustainability”
Rome and Assisi, Italy


June 29, 2017
Journey of the Universe film screening and discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
John Carroll University, Donahue Auditorium, Cleveland, OH, USA

July 2-8, 2017
“Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story for Our Shared Future”
Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM, 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
 
Special Issue of Between the Species in Honor of Tom Regan; Submission deadline: July 1, 2017.

“Being Human in an Age of Humans”; University of Chicago (October 15-17, 2017); Michigan State University (October 17-19, 2017); Indiana University (May 9-13, 2018); Submission deadline: March 30, 2017

“Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics (ECOTHEE-17)”; Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC), Chania, Greece; Submission deadline: April 30, 2017
New Publications
 
Routledge Handbook on Religion and Ecology
Edited by Willis Jenkins, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and John Grim
Routledge Books, 2016

 
“Pope Francis, the Interfaith Movement and Global Environmental Ethics”
By Kusumita P. Pedersen
Interreligious Insight 4, no. 2 (December 2016): 62-73.

Religion and Resistance in Appalachia: Faith and the Fight against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
By Joseph D. Witt
University of Kentucky Press, 2016

“World Student Christian Federation News”
World Student Christian Federation
Federation News No. 1, 2017
Job Openings
Associate Executive Director
Ecumenical Project for International Cooperation (EPIC)
Application deadline: open until position is filled.

Find further details for this job opening here.
Journey of the Universe: Mary Evelyn Tucker at TEDxFGCU
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Mary Evelyn Tucker's TED talk at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011.
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