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January 2017
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Welcome to the redesign of the Forum on Religion and Ecology newsletter! We have much to share with you this month.

There will be a special graduate student conference at Yale Divinity School on April 21, 2017. The deadline for paper submissions for the “Graduate Conference in Religion & Ecology: Ethos, Ethics, and the Environment” is January 30, 2017.

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim are teaching four MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) at Yale through the online platform, Coursera. You may audit the courses free of charge. For more information, see below.

We are happy to invite you to a special summer workshop at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM, USA entitled “Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story for Our Shared Future.” This event will be held July 2-8, 2017. For more information see below.

We are delighted to let you know that the following colleges and universities have a job opening in the area of religion and ecology: University of California at Santa Barbara; Santa Clara University; St. Olaf; Carleton; Dartmouth; University of North Texas; and Marquette.  This is an affirmation and an indication that 20 years after the Harvard conferences, religion and ecology has fully arrived as a field in academia.

We hope this newsletter supports your own work and helps you further your engagements with the field of Religion and Ecology.
Journey Coursera
Yale University Online Classes
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim are currently offering four six-week online courses featured as a specialization under the theme of "Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times." The courses (with the exception of the capstone) are free to audit and you can sign up at anytime. To register go to the Coursera site here.
Orbis Series
Ecology and Justice Series
Published by Orbis Books, the Ecology and Justice Series on Integral Ecology seeks to integrate an understanding of Earth’s interconnected life systems with sustainable social, political, and economic systems that enhance the Earth community. This month we are featuring the title Worldviews and Ecology. For full info on this volume visit the Orbis site here. For further details on the entire series, visit our site here.
Sewanee Program
Contemplation and Care for Creation Program
If you relish the idea of exploring, in company with others, the “ecology” of the interaction of Christian faith and spirituality with environmental consciousness, consider participating in the Center for Religion and Environment’s non-credit certificate program, a  one-year on-site and online program beginning May 27, 2017 through Sewanee: The University of the South.
Yale Divinity
Religion and Ecology Concentration
We're excited to announce that Yale Divinity School is launching a new concentrated program of study in the Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) degree path in Religion and Ecology. It will be the first program of its kind in the United States and will draw on faculty resources from across the theological disciplines.
This program grows out of the decades-long work of Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. Read the full story on our site 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.
The goal of the series is to construct justice-centered, Earth-Honoring Christianities that promote interfaith efforts on common earth issues. For more information visit our site here
Schumacher College
Schumacher College UK/China Collaboration
This year, a collaborative course entitled "Transitioning To An Ecological Civilization: Dialogues East And West” will be held at Schumacher College, Southwest University, and various other  locations in China. In-person sessions take place in February and June 2017 with an online learning component between sessions. For more information visit the Schumacher site here.
Paul Winter
Paul Winter Consort at Massaro Farm
Massaro Community Farm will host the Paul Winter Consort for a benefit concert at the Church of the Assumption in Ansonia, CT February 26, 2017. This event will be the culmination of  Massaro Farm’s 100th anniversary celebration. Reception at 3pm, concert at 5pm, followed by a meet-and-greet with the musicians. Find out more on our site here.

 
Worldviews
Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology
Worldviews has as its focus the relationships between religion, culture and ecology world-wide. Articles discuss major world religious traditions in relation to cultural and ecological systems. Focusing on a range of disciplinary areas, the journal also presents special issues that center around one theme. For more information, visit the publisher's site here.
Green Seminary Initiative
Webinars by GSI
Green Seminary Initiative is hosting a series of five webinars offered every two weeks around the five focus areas of the Green Seminary Initiative. These areas are Education; Liturgy, Ritual, and Worship; Building & Grounds; Community Life; and Public Leadership. The recording for the first webinar on EcoTheological Education can be viewed here. For more on the full series go to the GSI website.


 
Upcoming Events
 
January 21 – February 7, 2017
“Educating in the Ecozoic”
Online

January 23 - February 1, 2017
“Awaken to Wholeness Summit”
Online

February 17-19, 2017
“Laudato Si’ and Animals:  Preparing for the Lenten Journey”
St. Francis Alliance Retreat, White Post, VA, USA

February 26, 2017
“For the Sake of the Planet”
Pure Land of Iowa, 8364 Hickman Road, Clive, IA, USA
 
March 10, 2017
“Religion and Ecology Summit 2017”
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA, USA

June 25-29, 2017
“Pope Francis Points the Way for Carmel”
Loyola University, Chicago, IL, USA

 
June 29, 2017
Film Screening and discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker
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 more event listings visit the calendar on our website.
Calls for Papers
 
“Graduate Conference in Religion & Ecology: Ethos, Ethics, and the Environment”; Yale Divinity School, Submission deadline: January 30, 2017

“‘Full of Your Glory’: Liturgy, Cosmos, Creation”; Yale University; Submission deadline: March 1, 2017

“Ecological Integrity 25 Years On and Environmental Disasters as Crimes Against Humanity!”; University of Windsor; Submission deadline: February 28, 2017

“Indigenous Philosophies of Environmental Justice: Braiding Traditional Knowledge, Resistance and Decolonization in the Anthropocene Epoch”; Sheraton Memphis Downtown, Memphis, TN, USA; Submission deadline: February 15, 2017

“Exploring New Heights for Science and Stewardship”; Colorado School of Mines; Submission deadline: February 28, 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
 
The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable
By Amitav Ghosh, University of Chicago Press, 2016

God and the Green Divide: Religious Environmentalism in Black and White
By Amanda J. Baugh, University of California Press, 2016

Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India: Moving the Mountains
By Pankaj Jain, Routledge, 2016

Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability
By Pankaj Jain, Routledge, 2011, Paperback and eBook versions, 2016

“Best Practices Survey - Promising First Step Toward Developing Guidelines”
By Jame Schaefer and Susan Higgins
On behalf of the Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group
Society for Conservation Biology, 2016

“The Priest in the Trees: Feral faith in the age of climate change”
By Fred Bahnson, Harper's Magazine, December 2016
Featured Video: "Religion and a new Environmental Ethic"
with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
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