Fourth Annual LAMP Symposium - February 17, 2018


The Leadership and Multifaith Program (LAMP) is pleased to announce our fourth annual symposium, entitled "Religious & Scientific Perspectives on the Future of Life." This full-day event was organized in partnership with Georgia Tech Astrobiology and co-sponsored by Columbia Theological Seminary with support from Joel Cowan and from the Center of Theological Inquiry. The symposium aims to generate a multifaith discussion among scholars, clergy, community leaders, and students about science, spirituality, and the future of life on earth and elsewhere. Speakers will address this theme from diverse disciplinary perspectives, including cognitive science, religious studies, ecology, ecotheology, ethics, and astrobiology. The symposium will be held on February 17, 2018, at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Lunch is included, and a short reception will follow the final session. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.


Directions & Parking: Candler School of Theology (1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322) is on Emory University's main campus, located a few miles from downtown Atlanta in the Druid Hills neighborhood, between the Virginia Highland neighborhood and the small city of Decatur.  Free visitor parking is available on campus at the Peavine Visitor's Lot, located at 29 Eagle Row, Atlanta, GA 30322. Dickey Drive ends at the Peavine Lot. Exit the lot and walk down Dickey Drive. Candler School of Theology will be the third building on the right. When you enter the building, take the elevator or stairs to the third floor, exit the building through the atrium doors, and walk across the courtyard to Cannon Chapel. All symposium sessions will be held in the Cannon Chapel sanctuary. Lunch will be served at Candler School of Theology (Rita Anne Rollins Building). As a sign of our commitment to sustainability, we ask all guests to bring their own reusable water bottles that may be refilled at Candler's newly-installed water bottle filling stations.

Program Details

Symposium Speakers

Online Program Booklet

Registration & Coffee (8:30 – 9:00 A.M.) CANNON CHAPEL

Keynote Address (9:30 A.M. – 10:45 A.M.) CANNON CHAPEL
Speaker: Arri Eisen  (Emory University), “What Happens When You Mix Monks, Nuns, and Scientists? The Emory Tibet Science Initiative”
Moderator: William P. Brown (Columbia Theological Seminary)

Session 1: Life of the Mind-Body-Spirit (10:45 A.M. -12:15 P.M.) CANNON CHAPEL
   - Jennifer Mascaro (Emory), "Compassion Training and the Biology of Interconnectedness"
   - Cara Rock-Singer (Cornell University), "God's Immodest Witness and Ritual Technologies for Creating Jewish Life"
   - Michael Karlin (Life University), "Secular Ethics as a Bridge between Science and Religion" 
   - David Addiss  (Task Force for Global Health), "Integrating the Mind-Body-Spirit for Compassionate Global Health"
   - Scott Kugle (Emory), "Islamic Integration of Body, Soul, and Spirit"
Moderator: Jennifer Hasler (Georgia Tech)

During lunch, a special round table discussion on science, seminaries, and theological education will be hosted by William Brown of Columbia Theological Seminary and moderated by Steve Fazenbaker of the Wesley Foundation at Georgia Tech. Reservations are required. Guests may also attend our regular symposium lunch with informal conversations on dialogue and difference led by Emory's IDEAS fellows.

Session 2: Life Here on Earth (1:30 - 3:00 P.M.) CANNON CHAPEL
Opening: Eri Saikawa (Emory), "Air Pollution, Climate Change, and the Ecosystem"
Reflections on Religion & the Environment:
   - Barry Kornblau (Canfei Nesharim: Sustainable Living Inspired by Torah), "The Environment and Capitalism in Jewish Tradition"
   - Frederick Simmons (Center for Theological Inquiry), "Ecology, Eschatology, and Christian Ethics"
   - Norah Elmagraby (Emory), "Islam and Ecology: Theory and Practice"
Closing: Dabney White Dixon (Georgia State University & Interfaith Power and Light), "Faith and the Preservation of the World"
Moderator: Wei Wu (Emory)

Session 3: Life in the Cosmos & Where We Go From Here (3:30 - 5:30 P.M.) CANNON CHAPEL
   - Amanda Stockton (Georgia Tech), "Astrobiology: One Group’s Foray into the Search for the Chemical Signatures of Life on Earth and Beyond"
   - Frank Rosenzweig (Georgia Tech), "Instruments for the Voyage: Reliving the Past to Anticipate the Future"
   - Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy (Scripps Research Institute), "Scientifically Religious and Religiously Scientific: A Sanathana Dharma Perspective"
Summative Remarks: Steve Kraftchick (Candler School of Theology at Emory University) and Martha Grover (Georgia Tech)
Moderator: Kenneth J. Knoespel (Georgia Tech)

Reception (5:30-6:00 P.M.) CANNON CHAPEL