|Dear Newsletter Recipient,
With the advent of a new school year, I want to point out a number of science and religion events
taking place around the country this Fall.
First, it appears that Washington, D.C., is not only a center for politics but for science and religion
discussion as well. The Montgomery County Science and Religion Discussion Group will kick off
their 10th season on October 10 at Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The
scheduled topic is "Where We've Been, Where We're Going: Ten Years of Science and Religion
Also in October, on October 13, IKONConversations is sponsoring Dr. Connie Berkta, a former
NASA scientist who recently became the Program Director of the Deep Carbon Observatory at the
Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Her talk is entitled, "The Religion
and Science Dance: Calling a New Tune," based on the volume she recently edited, "Exploring the
Origin, Extent, and Future of Life: Philosophical, Ethical, and Theological Perspectives" (Cambridge
University Press, 2009).
On November 13, The Washington Theological Consortium will sponsor their Fall lecture in Takoma
Park, Maryland, with a presentation by Dr. Everett L. Worthington Jr. on "Forgiving and Reconciling:
A Psychologist looks at Christian Theology and Scientific Research."
Just south of D.C., The Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a two
day event on November 17-18, lead by Dr. Jennifer Wiseman who is an astronomer with NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Center and is the Director of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program and by theologian Dr. Richard
Soulen. The program is entitled, "Christ, Cosmology, and Cosmic Explorations," as part of the
Blackstone Seminar for Science, Theology, Ethics, and Ministry.
Finally, we know of two additional events outside of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. On
October 21, Ohio State University's Center for the Study of Religion will host a program, "The Role of
Maturationally Natural Cognition in Science and Religion," with Robert McCauley from Emory
University's The Center for Mind, Brain and Culture. The next month, on November 28, they will
host a discussion on Sex and Buddhist Cosmology with Jose Cabezon from the Department of
Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The LSU Collegium for Science and Religion is sponsoring a program on "Heidegger and the Question
of Ethics" on November 6 with Dr. François Raffoul, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
at Louisiana State University.
These are the programs of which we are aware. Please send notice to me of any programs we
missed. I close with an invitation to consider starting a program yourself. Ten years ago, the
Montgomery County Science and Religion Discussion Group began with just an idea, a form letter,
envelopes and stamps and the hope that there were others in the Montgomery County area that were
interested in this area of engagement. The group is still going strong and has been an incredible
blessing to me and other members of our group. So if you are ready, please take the next step and
contact me. I would be happy to share my experiences with you over email, telephone and, in person
if possible. As the Nike commercial states, "Just Do It!" I am confident you will not regret it.
God Bless You All,
Rick Barr, Secretary
|October 4, 2010