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Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Divinity School, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for Bioethics. She teaches in the joint MA program in religion and ecology and directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with her husband, John Grim.
Her special area of study is Asian religions. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in Japanese Confucianism. Her concern for the growing environmental crisis, especially in Asia, led her to organize with John Grim a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard (1995-1998). Together they are series editors for the ten volumes from the conferences distributed by Harvard University Press. After the conference series, she and Grim founded the Forum on Religion and Ecology at a culminating conference at the United Nations in 1998.
Tucker and Grim studied world religions with Thomas Berry and worked closely with him for some 30 years. Tucker edited several of Berry's books: The Great Work, Evening Thoughts, and The Sacred Universe. To bring Berry's work forward she has also worked closely with evolutionary philosopher, Brian Thomas Swimme, for some 25 years. They have collaborated together on the Journey of the Universe project.
Tucker has been involved with the Earth Charter since its inception. She served on the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee from 1997-2000 and is a member of the Earth Charter International Council. For further information and a complete list of Mary Evelyn Tucker’s publications, see her Press Kit on the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology site.
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