Episode 31

Published on:

30th May 2023

HILFH #31 Alison Cunningham

Alison Cunningham is an activist and public leader in New Haven, CT. Currently, she serves as the Director of Professional Formation for Yale University’s Divinity School and this month she speaks with Mary about how circumstances of climate change may be met with activism and spirit.

Spirit has always been at the center of Alison's career. She points to the practical expression of spirit when prior to her Divinity School position, Alison spent most of two decades as Chief Executive Officer for Columbus House, also in New Haven and a nonprofit organization devoted to providing homes and shelter for people who need them.

In their conversation on this episode of HILFH, Alison and Mary dig deep into questions of housing, public policy, climate challenges and the role of spirituality in response.

You can learn more about Alison Cunningham by taking a look at the articles below. And following on Alison’s suggestions, keep an eye out for how you can become more involved in community initiatives and public policy that respond to the needs of people and land near you. If you’re already involved, invite more people into being part of the solutions.

Learn about Alison at Yale:


Learn about Alison at Columbus House:


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How It Looks From Here
Life in the time of climate change
The truth is, life looks different to you than it does to me. The way race and gender, education and work, and everyday circumstances come together in any person...well, it’s different.

Hosted by Mary Clare, How It Looks From Here brings you diverse perspectives through engaging interviews. It's easy to think that everyone is feeling the same way you are - but they’re not. For every person, how it looks from where they are matters. And, with every interview, we’re enriched. It's helping.
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Mary Clare

Mary M Clare is a social scientist focused on social and cultural phenomena. She is an American Psychological Association Fellow, and the author of over 100 scholarly articles and three books, the latest, FULL ECOLOGY - REPAIRING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NATURAL WORLD, co-authored with Gary Ferguson. Mary is both truly curious and truly interested in the way people see life and how sharing those perspectives can strengthen the way we are in community.