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Mary Evelyn Tucker

Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

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United States
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Mary Evelyn Tucker is co-director with John Grim of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. They are affiliated faculty with the Yale Center for Environmental Justice at the Yale School of the Environment. They organized 10 conferences on World Religions and Ecology at Harvard and were series editors for the 10 resulting volumes from Harvard. Her research area is Asian religions and she co-edited Confucianism and Ecology, Buddhism and Ecology, and Hinduism and Ecology.

She has authored with Grim, Ecology and Religion (Island Press, 2014). They co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology (2017) with Willis Jenkins. They are editors for the series on Ecology and Justice from Orbis Books.

They have created six online courses in Religions and Ecology: Restoring the Earth Community, which include Indigenous religions, Western religions, and Asian religions.
They also edited the books of cultural historian, Thomas Berry, including Selected Writings (Orbis 2014). They published Thomas Berry: A Biography (Columbia University Press, 2019) with Andrew Angyal.

With Brian Thomas Swimme, they created a multi-media project Journey of the Universe that includes a book (Yale, 2011), an Emmy Award winning film on PBS, a series of podcast Conversations, and free online courses from Yale/Coursera.

Tucker was a member of the Earth Charter Drafting committee and the International Earth Charter Council. She won the Inspiring Yale Teaching Award in 2015 and has been awarded 7 honorary degrees. With Grim, she has received numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States

Focus areas of expertise

Communications research History Climate Justice Social movements

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Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing, with Sam Mickey and John Grim. Cambridge, U.K: Open Book Publishers, 2020.

Thomas Berry: A Biography, Co-authored with John Grim and Andrew Angyal. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2019.

Routledge Handbook on Religion and Ecology, Co-edited with John Grim and Willis Jenkins. New York, NY: Routledge Books, 2017.

Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe, Co-edited with John Grim. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016.

Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community (Spiritual Masters Series), Co-edited with John Grim, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014.

Ecology and Religion. Co-authored with John Grim. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2014.

Journey of the Universe. Co-authored with Brian Thomas Swimme. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011 (paperback 2014).

The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the 21st Century. Essays by Thomas Berry, edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

Christian Future and the Fate of Earth. Essays by Thomas Berry, edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009.

The Philosophy of Qi: The Record of Great Doubts. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.

Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community. Essays by Thomas Berry, edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books and Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.

Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase. Chicago: Open Court, 2003.

Confucian Spirituality, 2 volumes, ed. with Tu Weiming. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, Volume I, 2003, Volume II, 2004.

When Worlds Converge: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Story of the Universe and Our Place in It, ed. with Cliff Matthews and Philip Hefner. Chicago: Open Court, 2002. (Selected as a Templeton Book of Distinction, 2004)

Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change?, ed. with John Grim, Daedalus. Vol. 130, No. 4, Cambridge, Mass.: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2001.

Hinduism and Ecology: The Intersection of Earth, Sky, and Water, ed. with Christopher Chapple. Cambridge, Mass.: Center for the Study of World Religions and Harvard University Press, 2000. Indian edition: New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Confucianism and Ecology: The Interrelation of Heaven, Earth, and Humans, ed. with John Berthrong. Cambridge, Mass.: Center for the Study of World Religions and Harvard University Press, 1998.

Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Dharma and Deeds, ed. with Duncan Williams. Cambridge, Mass.: Center for the Study of World Religions and Harvard University Press, 1997.

Worldviews and Ecology: Religion, Philosophy and the Environment, ed. with John Grim. Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1993, Paperback edition, Orbis Books, 1994. (Eighth printing 2003). Translated into Indonesian.

Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism: The Life and Thought of Kaibara Ekken (1630-1714), Albany, N.Y.: SUNY Press, 1989 (Selected as an Outstanding Academic Book by CHOICE magazine).