Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science
The Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science (CPFRS) builds on the decade-long involvement of Messiah College with the local community in providing programs that explore science and religion. The goal of the forum is to foster a deeper understanding of how religious beliefs interact with the natural sciences, medicine, and some aspects of the social sciences while also being helpful to religious believers in central Pennsylvania, through education about the role of religion in the lives of believers. The Forum sponsors a variety of programs, including book discussion groups, public lectures, and a major annual event consisting of several related events in a short space of time. Most activities take place on Messiah’s campus, but some take place at other local venues, such as churches and synagogues, community centers, other colleges, and public auditoriums. In its lecture series, the Forum features Messiah College faculty (several of whom have expertise on aspects of the science/religion dialogue) and internationally and nationally known speakers from a variety of disciplines and religious perspectives. Matching grant funds are provided by Messiah College.