Paloma Pavel on Ecology, Cosmology, Spirituality, and Social Justice

March 29, 2021 — Sam Mickey — Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

This week’s episode of Spotlights features Paloma Pavel, Ph.D., President of Earth House Center and visiting faculty at the University of California, Davis, where she also serves on the Regional Advisory Council for the Center for Regional Change. She is also the co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project with Carl Anthony. She discusses some of the many ways that ecology, cosmology, spirituality, and social justice activism intersect throughout the storied trajectory of her life and work. Along with Carl Anthony, Paloma Pavel is the 2021 recipient of the Thomas Berry Award.

The Universe Story, Race, and Justice, with Carl Anthony

March 22, 2021 — Sam Mickey — Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

This week’s episode of Spotlights features Carl Anthony, an architect, regional planner, and social and environmental justice activist. He discusses some of the many facets of his work, including  a project of which he is the co-founder and co-director (with Dr. Paloma Pavel), Breakthrough Communities, dedicated to building multiracial leadership for sustainable communities in California & the nation. He also discusses his book, The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, which is a memoir that integrates urban history, racial justice, and cosmology with personal experiences as an architect/planner, environmentalist, and Black American, connecting the struggles for social and racial justice to the universe story. Along with Paloma Pavel, Carl Anthony is the 2021 recipient of the Thomas Berry Award.



Wednesday, February 17th
4:30pm PST (7:30pm EST)



Dr. Paloma Pavel and Carl Anthony will co-host a webinar on National Random Kindness Day to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty. We will discuss the origins of the phrase “Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty,” reflect on how the phrase can help us shape a just future, and share stories of random kindness happening around us. Special guests Sam Chaltain and Trung Le from Studio 180 and producers of SEED + SPARK will launch us into a new story for humanity.

Desmond Tutu was the first recipient of the Random Kindness Award series. The award is given to honor the values and vision that his life and leadership embody. Archbishop Tutu wrote the foreword to this book by New Village Press Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty which received a gold medal and was named Peacemaker Book of the Year. Order your copy here.

We were inspired by this act of radical empathy and transformative hope in the face of the unprecedented campfire destruction of Paradise, CA. Paradise lost and regenerating. ‘The Key Phoenix,’ created by Jessie Mercer, was made from the keys of the homes burned in the fire. Thank you Bob Stilger, learn more about this courageous community work at

Send us your stories and nominate your s/heroes for the Random Kindness Resilience Leadership Award! To be announced on Earth Day 2021.