The Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University is hosting How SCIENCE Can Strengthen the FAITH of Your CHURCH, a free online conference focused on the relationship between Christianity and science. Originally planned as an all-day in-person event, the conference has moved to a virtual format due to social distancing guidelines.
In addition to plenary remarks on Christianity and science in today’s world, afternoon sessions will provide practical information for pastors and lay leaders on bridging divides between science and faith and scientific and faith communities. All of this will be discussed in light of COVID-19.
Join us Friday, June 5 from 9:30am CST to 3:00pm CST. A basic schedule is outlined below (all times are CST). We have built in 10-minute breaks between sessions and a longer break at the half-way point. Each session will include time for speakers to answer questions submitted by attendees.
9:30am: Welcome & plenary remarks by Elaine Howard Ecklund (Rice University)
10:25am: Plenary remarks by Mark Labberton (Fuller Seminary)
11:15am: Plenary remarks by Praveen Sethupathy (Cornell University)
12:30pm: A conversation with Greg Cootsona (California State University Chico) & Gus Reyes (Texas Baptists) on engaging youth & emerging adults in science
1:20pm: A conversation with Nichole Phillips (Emory University) & Harvey Clemons (Pleasant Hill Baptist Church) on race, social justice, & science
2:10pm: A conversation with Jonathan Hill (Calvin University) & Lee Hsia (Houston’s First Baptist Church) on human origins & human uniqueness
2:50pm: Closing remarks
The conference will be preceded by the release of Elaine Howard Ecklund's book, "Why Science and Faith Need Each Other: Eight Shared Values That Move Us beyond Fear." The first 250 people to register will receive a free copy of the book! Please include your mailing address when registering.
This event is made possible by a Templeton Religion Trust grant (TRT0191).