The Leadership and Multifaith Program (LAMP) held its fourth annual symposium, entitled "Religious & Scientific Perspectives on the Future of Life" on February 17, 2018, at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. 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 aimed 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 addressed this theme from diverse disciplinary perspectives, including cognitive science, religious studies, ecology, ecotheology, ethics, and astrobiology.
Videos of each lecture are now available. Click on the lecture title in the Program Details to be directed to the corresponding video.
Keynote Address (9:30 A.M. – 10:45 A.M.)
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.)
- 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)
Session 1 Q&A
Lunch (12:15-1:30 P.M.)
-"Science, Seminaries, and Theological Education" lunch presentation by William Brown of Columbia Theological Seminary. Moderated by Steve Fazenbaker of the Wesley Foundation at Georgia Tech.
Session 2: Life Here on Earth (1:30 - 3:00 P.M.)
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 2 Q&A
Session 3: Life in the Cosmos & Where We Go From Here (3:30 - 5:30 P.M.)
- 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)
Session 3 Q&A