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Mary Evelyn Tucker in the Patheos Public Square

Parliament of Religions Major Speaker Mary Evelyn Tucker has co-written a piece for the Public Square about World Religions and Ecology.  The essay begins with stress on the urgency of environmental dilemmas dilemmas today but also talks about the important contributions that religions have made to reform movements throughout history. Tucker and coauthor John Grim argue that the solutions may be discovered and realized through interreligious collaboration.
To read this powerful piece on the interconnectedness of the world that sustains us and the parallel responsibilities of religion, click here.  To visit the Patheos Public Square which is currently discussing Religion and the Environment, click here.

The Patheos Public Square

As you may have noticed, the main page of the Parliament of Religions has been recently energized by a series of images and questions. That’s why we’re so happy to see that our partners at are taking on compelling questions on their own website.

The Public Square is the center of vigorous interfaith conversation at  With a different subject assigned each week, members are able to wade deep into issues of serious social, political, cultural and theological import.

This week’s discussion revolves around the role of religion in democracy and vice versa. The page offers an overview of the subject (“Does Democracy Need Religion?”), a forum to discuss and blog about the question and survey snapshots and visuals to graphically distill a religious perspective into a tangible format. Finally, a drop down menu on the Public Square page offers viewers the opportunity to access arguments written from within specific faith traditions.

At the Council, we’re betting you have both informed and articulate opinions on the current question of politics and religion. Why not click over to and join the conversation?