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Religion and Economics Dialogue Group

University of New South Wales/Australian Defense Force Academy
The Australian National University
St. Marks College

This society’s program based on this “comparatively underdeveloped dialogue”, and means to extend the religion and science conversation to include economics by encouraging spiritual reflection in relation to economics and establishing a network of scholars, churches, and interested members of the general public. A series of public lectures are advertised widely, bringing together members of the academic and surrounding communities. Smaller workshops are offered to discuss readings and issues explored during lectures more deeply. Forums invite interested students from the three Canberra campuses to talk with the public lecturers, explore readings, and develop additional topics for discussion. A major international conference explores economics and theology, culminating in the publication of a book on the proceedings.

UWS Psychology and Spirituality Society

Department of Psychology, University of Western Sydney

This society draws together members from the university, theological colleges, and educational establishments in Sydney with practicing psychologists, psychiatrists, chaplains, and health care professionals. The group aims to promote open, scholarly discussion around topics in spirituality and psychological health; to challenge academic and health communities to consider philosophical and theological perspectives; and to promote and disseminate research related to spirituality and psychological health. Topics to be explored include the historical context of research in spirituality and psychological health, contemporary debates in the history of psychology, and the nature of spirituality and its relation to psychology as a science. Two central themes of inquiry inform their explorations: 1) What is the nature of human spirituality and how can its psychological manifestations be discerned? 2) What are the consequences of spirituality for psychological health? With these inquiries in mind, the group examines current empirical findings related to spirituality and psychological health and seeks new collaborative research possibilities. They hope to incorporate concepts from theology and psychology into useful publications to disseminate their work to the field.


Yogyakarta Society for Science and Religion

Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies
Gadjah Mada University

As an interfaith and interdisciplinary forum on science and religion, Yogyakarta Society for Science and Religion (YSSR) is the first of its kind in Indonesia. Established in 2003, YSSR has brought up many central issues of science and religion, especially in the Indonesian context, from the academe to the public. The main activity at the heart of YSSR is monthly roundtable discussion, attended by members from five educational institutions (secular as well as Islamic and Christian universities), with scholarly interests ranging from quantum physics, bioanthropology, medical chemistry, environmental science, economics, anthropology to philosophy of science, ethics, Islamic theology, and Protestant liberation ethics. After concentrating in its first year on theoretical issues such as creation in science (mainly cosmology and evolution) and theology, the group has been focusing on environmental ethics (with concentration on food, water and energy crises) and bioethics. Their primary interest is to see what role religions can play in increasing public awareness of the issues as well as how ethical values may contribute to policy-making, especially in the context of national education. To that end YSSR has two annual public seminars which bring to the wider national public issues discussed in the monthly discussions.

Bandung Society for Cosmology and Religion (BSCR)

Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB)
Bandung, West Java

Combining academicians and scholars in fields of physics, astronomy, philosophy, history, and Islamic studies, the initial phase of this society invites students from ITB and other universities, young scholars and professionals to a series of presentations and discussions on specific topics in cosmological issues in relation to religion and science. Preliminary discussions explore foundational issues in scientific cosmology and discovery; scientific and other modes of knowledge; truth, fact and theory; religion as a source of knowledge; ways of reading and interpreting scripture; and relation between cosmology, philosophy and religion in Islamic and Christian traditions. As the society forms a base for further discussion, they will move into broader and deeper consideration of topics such as “creation” in modern cosmology and from religious perspectives; and life, evolution and Divine action. Further topical material will be identified through the process of growth within the dialogue group itself. Each speaker is provided with readings in contemporary science and faith and asked to write a paper on the topic at hand to be distributed amongst participants in advance of the event. Public lectures, widely advertised in print, radio and mail “aim at a larger audience and offer a broad perspective on the current understanding of the universe and human existence” from religious and scientific approaches. “In the spirit of pluralism this group hopes to extend their attention toward a wider academic and other religious communities in Bandung” to invite new perspectives and foster interfaith engagement in topics of science.

Indonesian Society for Religion and Civilization (ISRAC)

Surakarta State Institute of Islamic Studies
Surakarta Jl. Pandawa Pucangan Kartasura
Sukoharjo, Central Java

With a core belief that “ultimately science as well as religion are for humanity,” this inter-religious society brings together scholars, theologians, and scientist to concentrate on the many considerations in both the natural and social sciences. The group is committed to the open consideration of both historical and new developments in science, “to contextualize and refresh” religious thought and social sciences in methodological terms in order to inform the arena on which religion may play a constructive role. Monthly meetings bring together scholars from area academic communities for lectures, followed by open discussion. Public events invite students, scholars, and laity from area academic and faith communities, as well as the community-at-large, to consider the ideas generated during internal monthly roundtables. Core society members act as presenters and respondents during public events. “In the long run”, writes the chair of the program “we hope that one of our contributions to the international community of science and religion will be in the form of showing how global issues of science and religion play out in an Indonesian context”. Examples of the themes for consideration includes: theology and environment; anthropological and scriptural insights; human cloning; the origin of human religious consciousness; neuro-theology; teaching science and religion in higher education – a study of Islamic and Christian universities; and religion in university education.

Salatiga Circle for In-depth Study of Science and Religion Relations (SCISOSARR)

Yasa Luhur Foundation

Located in the province of Central Java, this group brings together a variety of local scholarly, academic, and professional communities, NGOs, religious and socio-political institutions to join in dialogue about the relationship of science and faith. Intentionally designed as a non-religiously affiliated institution, SCIOSARR combines a founding group of scientists and scholars to explore science and faith in a “community that has a peaceful but dynamic interfaith and multicultural life.” The core group meets monthly and represents perspectives in Christianity, economics, engineering, theology, sociology, mathematics, development studies, Buddhism, biology, chemistry, Islam, religious studies, and physics. Members are actively engaged in a series of discussions focused on the socio-economic implications of the open exploration science and faith to Indonesian society. Discussions encourage a spirit of openness, mutual respect, and common interest in seeking insight into the positive possibilities of interfaith/interdisciplinary dialogue and free exchange. Topics for consideration include origins research and religious perspectives, environmental concerns in relation to faith and science, nuclear energy, right to life, eugenics, GMOs and agriculture in the developing world, the political science of gender, psychoanalysis and religion, economics and faith perspectives, and models of consciousness. Core members design public programs, including programs for senior high and college students, to combine entertaining and engaging content with the presentation of alternate points of view.

New Zealand

Theology and the Natural Sciences in Aotearoa Auckland (TANSAA)

Tyndale-Carey Graduate School
Bible College of New Zealand
Henderson, Waitakere City

This initiative assembles theologians, scientists, historians, pastors, students, and interested community members to collectively seek insights into issues at the intersection of the natural sciences and Christian faith. Participants hail from multiple area institutions and each hold some training in scientific and religious disciplines. The group will promote excellence, cutting-edge research, and breadth of discussion in the areas of science and religion. Meetings for member presentations and discussion take place at least ten times per year. In addition, they will host a small library and plan and sponsor three major public conferences each year inviting outside lecturers. Conference proceedings will be published for wider distribution. Topics discussed will include cosmology, evolution, and purpose; Imago Dei; sensus divinitatis; eschatology; and string theology.


De La Salle University

Founded in 2001, this group assembles faculty from science, engineering, theology, philosophy, and education to initiate projects at the university, including public lectures, discussion groups around the research work of members, and group-led explorations of specific topics in science and faith. By expanding outreach to students, academics, and surrounding faith communities the society is increasing its presence through conducting bi-monthly open lectures, inviting faculty and student groups from leading colleges, universities and technical schools of Manila along with existing ecumenical and interfaith groups, divinity schools, and seminaries in the area. Lectures and papers produced during events are edited and published both in hardcopy monograph format and via an interactive online presence on the De La Salle University website. Student essay competitions with prizes complement these offerings, bringing new voices into the group’s work and promoting deeper reflection among future leaders and thinkers in the field. Themes considered include neuroscience and the soul, original sin after Darwin, genetically modified food, and models of the human role in creation.

GeoChris Institute for Ecozoic Spirituality

GeoChris Foundation, Inc.
Marikina City

A core group of active and committed members from area institutions and congregations representing the fields of theology, biology, religious education, cosmic anthropology, food technology, and sociology, assumes overall organizational and leadership responsibilities for this society. Monthly meetings provide for reading and discussion on major writings in science and religion from multiple religious perspectives, viz., Christianity, Islam, Baha’i, Hinduism, and Buddhism. A library of resources is being assembled to support these explorations, and for use by members individually. An additional monthly meeting explores various issues in science and religion, beginning with the historical development of these issues and moving into worldwide contemporary considerations, with an emphasis on the context of Philippino society. An Internet discussion group will provide a supplemental space for ongoing interaction between meetings. Initial discussions are directing the formation of additional reading and discussion groups and membership outreach to create a network of academic and parish-based groups across the Philippines. The Institute also hosts an annual themed symposium, to bring together members of the growing network each year to take place in a well-known public institution in a major city. Specific social events such as roundtable talks and high level meetings punctuate outreach efforts and build the intellectual capital of the growing initiative. In addition to a society newsletter and website, the group envisions the creation of teaching modules and lecture series to introduce basic science and religion themes in the form of interactive e-media, CDs, and Internet programs to support satellite efforts and the formation of new network member societies. All written materials produced are being translated into the three major languages of the Philippines – Tagalog, Cebuano and Ilokano.