New Forum Projects and Pope Francis’ New Encyclical 


Autumn Equinox


Dear Forum colleagues,

We are happy to share with you some projects that we are beginning at this special time of the Fall Equinox and the Jewish New Year.

The Forum is launching a new Advisory Group to ensure continuity of its interreligious and international commitments for ecojustice. Clearly such commitments are needed more than ever. This Advisory Group will incorporate intergenerational teamwork in which senior scholars will act as mentors to junior-level scholars in a mutually enhancing learning process. You can find the Advisory Group here.

The Forum is also launching a blog and a video/podcast series called FORE Spotlights. This will be led by Sam Mickey and Tara Trapani. The aim is to feature what is happening in religion and ecology through scholars, practitioners, and activists. The blog and video/podcast series will highlight resources on the Forum website that may be useful for teaching or activism. They will feature new research and events and open up avenues for cross-pollination between different organizations. We hope this will be useful for your own work. You can watch the videos here, listen to the podcasts here, and read the blog here.

We are also pleased to share news that Pope Francis will release a new encyclical in Assisi on October 3 for the feast of St Francis. An article in America: The Jesuit Review notes, “the new encyclical will bear the title ‘Fratelli tutti,’ which could be translated as ‘Brothers and sisters, all.’” It will highlight the theme of kinship between humans and with the Earth, as St. Francis championed. In addition, it will issue a call for peace and harmony among nations. We trust it will have widespread influence around the world, as has Laudato Si’ (Praise Be!: On Care for our Common Home) issued by the Pope in 2015.

We hope you will enjoy the short video below describing these new projects and the encyclical. We welcome your participation!

With all good wishes in this new autumn season,
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology informs and inspires people to preserve, protect, and restore the Earth community. The religions of the world transmit ecological and justice perspectives in their scriptures, rituals, and contemplative practices as well as in their moral and ethical commitments. We seek to identify those perspectives in the service of finding collaborative solutions to our global environmental crises. Learn more about our mission and vision.

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