Metaxu: The Alma College Society of Religion and Science
The founding core group combines an interdisciplinary representation of faculty from the fields of religious studies, philosophy, physics, psychology, biology, health science, mathematics, English, sociology, and language, as well as members of the community including Faculty Emeriti and other retirees from local and civic organizations. The dialogue “seeks common ground and consensus when possible, but not at the expense of genuine and courageous explorations of different points of view.” Recruiting efforts reach out to the students, faculty, and the community-at-large to attract and engage new members. Main features of the program include monthly discussion groups and twice-yearly speakers focusing on specific themes for consideration. The proposed yearly themes are “A Celebration of Einstein and His Cultural Legacy;” “Evolution;” and “Neuroscience and Person.” A combination of foundational readings, discussion sessions, and expert speakers from the various fields serve to complement each year’s theme. Discussion sessions engage a mixed group of faculty, staff, community members, and students in the exploration of readings and materials. Matching funds are provided by Alma College.