UNIQUE ROLE MODEL CHALLENGES GRADUATES TODAY

This video is an outcome of inspiring meeting with Mary Evelyn Tucker after having read about her dream film: "Journey of the Universe." She is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Scholar at Yale University where she also has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies. That came as a real surprise. What was forestry and environment doing with religious studies ? Well, in today's world it means a lot.

She explained that she "is a co-founder and codirector with John Grim of the Forum on Religion and Ecology. Together they organized a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School".

Together they wrote ten volumes as series editors from the ten conferences which is distributed by Harvard University Press. She is also Research Associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard. She is the author of Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase (Open Court Press, 2003), Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism (SUNY, 1989) and The Philosophy of Qi. (Columbia University Press, 2007).

A woman of great accomplishment, she also co-edited Worldviews and Ecology (Orbis, 1994), Buddhism and Ecology (Harvard, 1997), Confucianism and Ecology (Harvard, 1998), and Hinduism and Ecology (Harvard, 2000) and When Worlds Converge (Open Court, 2002). With Tu Weiming she edited two volumes on Confucian Spirituality (Crossroad, 2004). Not to miss mentioning that she also co-edited a Daedalus volume titled Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change? (2001).

A spiritual disciple of Thomas Berry, she edited several of his books: "Evening Thoughts" (Sierra Club Books and University of California Press, 2006), "The Sacred Universe" (Columbia University Press, 2009), "Christian Future and the Fate of Earth" (Orbis Book, 2009). Then participated as a member of the Interfaith Partnership for the Environment at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

There seems no end to her accomplishments, as she earlier served on the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee from 1997-2000 and is a member of the Earth Charter International Council.

All this she accomplished with a B.A. from Trinity College, M.A. at SUNY Fredonia, another M.A. at Fordham University, and a PhD from Columbia University.

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