Cohering via Co-hearing: Conversations in Science and Religion
Santa Barbara, California
Inaugurated in 2003, this project is committed to facilitating corporate “hearing” within scientific and religious disciplines and within cultural communities through a series of luncheon forums, public colloquia, inter-institutional, and intimate, invitational settings. Dialogues are cultivated in the academic community in “faculty forums”, with faculty and students of diverse disciplines, between the college and its religious constituency, and between the evangelical community and the diverse surrounding culture both on and off campus. Readings, resources, and speakers in science and religion consider topics such as: emergence & mind, evolution & theodicy, the science & theology of love, biblical & ecological perspectives on stewardship, and an open and balanced consideration of Intelligent Design Theory. Books for reading groups as well as an ever-growing science-religion library collection are available to members. Regular opportunities to attend regional conferences and lectures series are extended to faculty or student members. Events are comprised of a combination of core-group meetings, all-campus lectures, reading groups and luncheon forums, and invitational workshops and retreats. Matching funds are provided by Westmont College.