Tucker and Grim are the Directors of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University. Over the last twenty years, the Forum on Religion and Ecology has been drawing together the research and insights of scholars, theologians, and laity within the world’s religions. They have identified ideas, ethics, and practices regarding ecology and justice from these traditions in books, journals, and films. Now there are environmental statements from the world’s religions, educational programs, and grassroots projects on the ground. This work began with 10 conferences and 10 volumes at Harvard from 1996-2004. Since coming to Yale in 2006 the Forum is based at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmentally Studies and Yale Divinity School. Visit the Forum website at

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On June 18, 2015 Pope Francis released Laudato Si, the first encyclical in the history of the Catholic Church on ecology. An encyclical is the highest-level teaching document in Catholicism. There have been earlier statements by popes and bishops on environmental issues, but never an encyclical. With 1.2 billion Catholics on the planet, the …

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