GeoChris Institute for Ecozoic Spirituality
GeoChris Foundation, Inc.
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.