Wesleyan University Colloquium for the Study of Science and Religion
The Colloquium brings together a multidisciplinary group of members including university faculty, staff, and administrators from disciplines in the arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, and the office of the chaplains. Members actively seek to incorporate interested non-academic professionals from the surrounding community to join deliberations. This society seeks to inform and educate members and the community in the issues of science and faith with rigorous reflection. Primary emphasis is upon the epistemological issues of how science and faith provide new perspectives on one another – addressing the prevailing sentiment that these are conflicting worldviews. A monthly reading group brings together core members to discuss articles and books and published writings or works in progress by group members. Historical perspectives and contemporary issues are considered through monthly reading groups, biannual presentations from major speakers, talks, and discussion forums lead by group members for broader audiences. Further outreach includes on-campus talks, debates, and panels, an active and available speakers bureau for local religious and civic groups, and encouragement of inter-departmental course development. Matching funds are provided by Wesleyan University.