SLU Interdisciplinary Science and Religion Study Group
Southeastern Louisiana University
This project addresses historical and contemporary issues in religion and science through a variety of events. At the base of its efforts is fostering an on-going dialogue through a multiplicity of venues: discussion groups, public lectures, and faculty research presentations. Beyond dialogue, the society also seeks to educate those who will educate. Southeastern trains future science teachers. In this theologically conservative milieu, teachers frequently avoid issues in science and religion. The society wants to help equip teachers for the constructive engagement of these issues from the elementary through the high school level. This society had its roots in the Luncheon Speaker Series hosted by the Methodist and Presbyterian Student Center. Faculty and students gathered to hear a variety of speakers address topics of concern to the faith community. Eventually, the desire arose to address faith and science issues in greater depth. This desire resulted in the Metheny Lectures (previous speakers included John Polkinghorne). The group meets twice each month for discussion and preparation for upcoming lectures. Society members include faculty and students from a number of disciplines, in addition to representatives of local churches. The society is also developing a book collection for students and faculty. The group’s matching funds are supplied by the university and St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College.