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Living Earth Community

Sam Mickey
Mary Evelyn Tucker
John Grim


Sam Mickey, Mary Evelyn Tucker et John Grim

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Fig. A1 Garden Aerial. Oak Springs Garden Foundation House, Upperville, Virgina.

Photograph by Max Smith (2018), CC BY.

1This book, like every other book ever written, is dependent in many ways on the living, breathing Earth. As the editors of this book, we want to acknowledge the kinship, nourishment, shelter, companionship, and inspiration provided by the living Earth community. Without that figurative and quite literal support, this book would not exist. Along with gratitude for our planetary home, we gratefully acknowledge all of those who have been part of this book project directly or indirectly.

2Many thanks are owed to each of the contributors for their thoughtful engagement in this collaborative project. It was a privilege and a pleasure to facilitate the gathering of such profoundly thoughtful, sensitive, and visionary people in person, and to incorporate their contributions into a single volume. This book is based on a unique workshop that took place at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Virginia in October of 2018.

3In this beautiful setting, between delicious meals and walks on the grounds, the participants shared their creative ideas in a synergy that was deeply felt by all. From that beautiful Virginia land, cultivated for so many decades by Bunny and Paul Mellon, these ideas took different shapes and forms in lively dialogue. Old friendships were renewed, and new friendships were formed. The land wove us into itself and held us in a place of awe and wonder.

4The workshop was organized by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim along with Peter Crane, their former Dean at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the current President of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation. As a paleobotanist, Peter has done remarkable work uncovering flower, plant, and seed fossils embedded in deep time. We were assisted at Oak Spring by Peter’s wife, Elinor Crane, and especially by the dedicated preparation of program officer, Marguerite Hardin. Max Smith, the head of communications, filmed the interviews that we are posting along with this book. The staff at Oak Spring deserve our gratitude for exquisite meals and care in so many ways.

5Special thanks are owed to Alessandra Tosi, Laura Rodriguez, Adèle Kreager, Luca Baffa and all those at Open Book Publishers, whose commitments to rigorous scholarly standards, service to the public good, and open access publishing fit perfectly with the spirit of this project. Gratitude to Mark Turin for the introduction.

6In turn, Mary Evelyn and John would like to acknowledge the assistance of Sam Mickey on this project. Sam has been responsible for bringing the manuscript into being after the workshop, and we are enormously grateful for this. Likewise, our long-term assistant, Tara Trapani, was indispensable in the organization of the workshop, to which she brought her remarkable attention to detail. We were delighted to have Susan O’Connor with us at Oak Spring, and we further wish to acknowledge the ongoing assistance of the Charles Engelhard Foundation for our work. Similarly, we thank Nancy Klavans and the Germeshausen Foundation for their steadfast support over many years. We are also grateful to Nancy Earle for her beautiful painting of Feathers and Fins for the cover of the book.

7Sam would like to express deep appreciation for his students and colleagues at the University of San Francisco and the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is also grateful for his collaborations with the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology as well as the Journey of the Universe project. He is thankful for friends and family, who have given encouragement and support far beyond what can be listed here. Finally, many thanks are owed to Kimberly Carfore for sharing her love, partnership, and practice of the wild.

8On behalf of the editors and all the contributors, with gratitude for all our relations, this book is dedicated to the living memory of our ancestors and evolutionary pasts, and to the future flourishing of a vibrant Earth community.

Fig. A2 Morning Garden. Oak Spring Garden Foundation, Upperville, Virginia.

Photograph by Max Smith (2018), CC BY.

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Légende Fig. A1 Garden Aerial. Oak Springs Garden Foundation House, Upperville, Virgina.
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Légende Fig. A2 Morning Garden. Oak Spring Garden Foundation, Upperville, Virginia.
Crédits Photograph by Max Smith (2018), CC BY.
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PhD, is an Adjunct Professor in the Theology and Religious Studies department and the Environmental Studies program at the University of San Francisco. He has worked for several years at the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. His teaching, writing, and research are oriented around the ethics and ontologies of nonhumans, and the intersection of religious, scientific, and philosophical perspectives on human-Earth relations. He is an author of several books, including Whole Earth Thinking and Planetary Coexistence (2015), Coexistentialism and the Unbearable Intimacy of Ecological Emergency (2016), and On the Verge of a Planetary Civilization: APhilosophy of Integral Ecology (2014). He is co-editor (with Sean Kelly and Adam Robbert) of The Variety of Integral Ecologies: Nature, Culture, and Knowledge in the Planetary Era (2017).

Is co-director with John Grim of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. Her special area of study is Asian religions. She received her PhD from Columbia University in Japanese Confucianism. Since 1997, she has been a Research Associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard. Her Confucian publications include: Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism (1989) and The Philosophy of Qi (2007). With Tu Weiming, she edited two volumes on Confucian Spirituality (2003, 2004). 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. In this series she co-edited Buddhism and Ecology (1997), Confucianism and Ecology (1998), and Hinduism and Ecology (2000). Tucker and Grim wrote Ecology and Religion (2014) and, with Willis Jenkins, edited the Routledge Handbook on Religion and Ecology (2016). With Brian Thomas Swimme she wrote Journey of the Universe (2011) and, with John Grim, was Executive Producer of the Emmy Award-winning Journey of the Universe (2011) film.

Is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar teaching in the joint MA program in religion and ecology at Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale Divinity School. He is co-founder and co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with his wife, Mary Evelyn Tucker. With Tucker, Grim directed a ten-conference series and book project at Harvard on ‘World Religions and Ecology’. Grim is the author of The Shaman: Patterns of Religious Healing among the Ojibway Indians (1983), and editor of Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: The Interbeing of Cosmology and Community (2001). Grim and Tucker are co-authors of Ecology and Religion (2014), and co-editors of the following volumes: Worldviews and Ecology (1994); Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change? (2001); Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community (2014); and Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe (2016). With Willis Jenkins, they also edited the Routledge Handbook on Religion and Ecology (2016). Grim is the Co-Executive Producer of the Emmy Award-winning film, Journey of the Universe (2011). He is the President of the American Teilhard Association.


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