Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society (SASS)
Eastern Mennonite University
The focus of this society is to create an open and exploratory space for dialogue between scholars, practitioners, and students on subjects such as artificial intelligence, bioethics, nanotechnology, human consciousness, spirit and body, and origins. Composed of individuals, academic departments, and transdisciplinary organizations of the university, the society identifies and discusses issues at the intersection of science and religion from an Anabaptist theological perspective. SASS is organized and directed by a steering committee that includes representation from eleven different campus departments or programs. The steering committee plans and administers the program, providing overall direction and management through soliciting ideas and input from the broader membership. Targets for future members include faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, local clergy, health professionals from the local private sector, and high school teachers. Programs include regular monthly members’ meetings, creation and maintenance of an interactive website, speakers forums involving the campus and surrounding community, small group book studies, and luncheon dialogues with short paper presentations. Matching funds are provided from over nine campus departments and organizations of Eastern Mennonite University.