The Science and Religion Colloquium at Carthage
This society brings together a consortium of faith communities and academic institutions in southeastern Wisconsin that are committed to providing a source for educational information and a forum for civil discourse on some of the most critical issues facing society today. The core planning/steering committee is composed of scholars in sciences and the humanities, along with religious leaders of the community. The society focuses on three major issues: Origins—cosmology, evolution, and creation stories; Endings—scenarios of destruction and apocalyptic literature; and Bioethics—the interface of scientific research with religious based moral decision-making. SRCC investigates the degree to which it is possible to engage in honest dialogue with people who hold radically different opinions and the limitations inherent in knowledge and belief if pursued without humility. The society sponsors two multi-faceted programs per year, each featuring a major public event or lecture. In addition, the society holds on-going debate or panel discussions, meetings of the core group to review topics and readings and plan for the future, and follow-up public meetings to discuss and expound on issues presented during major public events and to elicit critical feedback from participants. Other activities and plans include a film and discussion series, collaborative effort with Carthage-area scientific organizations, a student-led discussion series, and outreach through the local public radio station. Matching funds are provided by the First Congregational Church, Wauwatosa; the First Presbyterian Church, Racine; the Siebert Chapel; and Carthage College.