The Rosalie Rendu Roundtable on Religion and Science
Vincentian Center for Church and Society
St. Johnâ€™s University
Jamaica, New York
Initially comprised of individuals from the Vincentian Fellows Program, faculty experts in service at the United Nations, and local faith-based organizations, this society formalizes and continues discussions initiated by the Vincentian Center through a science-faith lecture series (2000-2004) on â€œwhat it means to be human.â€ The group is â€œestablishing an ongoing dialogue to relate religion and science through the prism of the philosophical and theological concepts of social justice.â€ Members are drawn from relevant and specialized expertise in fields of food security, genetics, biology (cell, physiology, microbiology, environmental), chemistry, public policy, religion/theology, law, medicine, physics, pharmacy, philosophy, and psychology. The group expounds on and promotes an open dialogue for the consideration of the theological implications of topics such as: GMOâ€™s, nutrition and health; environmental standards; e-literacy; potable water resources; medical concerns; attitudes and social justice teachings of various religions; and the scientific endeavor, research and practice. Bi-semester meetings, semi-annual public lectures and biennial conferences promote ongoing active engagement among natural and social scientists, philosophers, theologians, graduate students, clergy and members of faith-based and other area nonprofit development organizations. Outreach to engage the general public â€œbridges the University and the community in a dialogue on religion and science to promote social justiceâ€ and includes a website, periodic mailings to academic, religious and development organizations, and the production and broad dissemination of educational brochures promoting the Roundtable. Members form a steering committee for development of ongoing initiatives, well beyond the three-year grant term. The Vincentian Center for Church and Society provides matching funds.