Campus Chapel / Center for Faith & Scholarship
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Through a combination of study, reading groups, science literacy sessions, seminars, lectures, and a science-religion resource center this project is designed to provide a comprehensive base for informed discussion and exploration. The core group combines a diverse representation of eight area churches and five departments at the University and promotes all activities for open public participation. A series of six-week study groups convene each semester to explore topics such as neuroscience, mind and spirituality; evolutionary biology and divine providence; epistemology in science and religion; physics, causality, and divine action; ecological models and divine rationality. Reading groups determine focus from the growing list of contemporary science-faith books and meet monthly for discussion. Plans also include inviting noted scholars, at least twice per year, to provide public lectures, class presentations, departmental colloquia and interdisciplinary seminars. The long-term goal of the Center for Faith and Scholarship is to maintain an academic presence on the University of Michigan campus well beyond the three-year grant term of LSI. Matching funds for this program, well beyond the required amount, are provided by Campus Chapel Ministries and the American Scientific Affiliation. Plans for application for additional funds from four separate sources will help ensure a thriving long-term society.