The Episcopal Church Network for Science, Technology & Faith Newsletter
Vol. 5-2 Holy Cross Day 14 September, 2006


Contents
Scientist-Bishop elected Episcopal Church Primate
ST&F Network Convener elected to Examining Chaplains Board
Archibishop of Canterbury advocates sound science teaching
For Creation care: green energy & food security
"Food for Thought" course at CDSP
Geothermal initiative at GTS
Greening-up resources from the Diocese of Alabama
Province IV Bishops' Pastoral Letter, "Care of Creation"
Opinion: "In praise of Anglican fudge"
Some good resources for sexuality discussions
Letter to the Editor
In the Spotlight: Some Network members take a bow
Louis Fay
Claire Lofgren
John Lewis
Carole Belgrade
Downloadable Network fliers in English and Spanish
Previous Newsletter Issues


Scientist-Bishop elected Episcopal Church Primate
As soon as Katharine Jefferts Schori, Bishop of Nevada, was elected to be the 26th Presiding Bishop at the Episcopal Church's General Convention in Columbus last June, she spoke of the qualities that her scientific training has fostered in her.
Above, The Presiding Bishop-elect at the post-election news conference (Credit: ENS)


At a press conference following the election, she was introduced by the current Presiding Bishop, Frank Griswold, and welcomed to "the ministry of reconciliation." Bp. Jefferts Schori talked about her research interests when she was a practicing oceanographer--creatures of the seafloor and octopus and squid. She said that her training in science has given her "the gift of looking at the world carefully, not assuming I know ahead of time how the world works but being willing to investigate. I think the connection with what I'm doing now is the delight in the incredible diversity of creation. I never cease to marvel at the strange and wonderful ways in which we and the rest of this Earth are made."

In a nationally broadcast NPR interview with Diane Rehm on 21 June, she began to show the churches and the wider culture how a science background can enrich traditional religious vocabulary. When Rehm asked her to explain her views on the importance of unity and inclusiveness to the Episcopal Church, she replied:
    The Anglican tradition, of which the Episcopal church is the American expression, has always valued comprehensiveness. We come with a variety of strands of belief and emphasis, and we are only a healthy body when we can incorporate the best of all of those strands. If we focus completely on one of those strands, we lose the diversity that makes us healthy. And, one of the perspectives of a biologist is to look at the natural world and see that--you know, if a farmer tries to grow only corn in a field, tries only to grow one crop, one quickly discovers that it takes massive inputs of fertilizer, of nutrients, of insecticides, and then you might get a crop. But the natural world flourishes when there is a diversity of creatures in the environment.
Rehm asked about a stirring scientific image she'd used at a meeting of the House of Bishops last March. Bp. Jefferts-Schori recalled:
    [T]he House of Bishops and, certainly, by extension, the General Convention, is not unlike what happens in the Pacific Ocean every year. Humpback whales sing songs--you've probably heard recordings of them. When they come together--they come together a couple of times a year, one of the places is off the Hawaiian islands. They come together for a time, and while they are together, they learn a new song. Each of their individual songs changes, and they begin to sing a common tune. When they go home again, they teach that song to their neighbors in their home localities, and over the coming months, that song changes again. And the next time they come back together, they learn a new song together. And to me that was an image of what the church in its legislative gatherings might imitate. What can we learn from each other? How can we come to sing a common song?
Such enriched vocabulary and concepts "will be a hallmark of her primacy," predicted Bp. Barbara Harris, retired Suffragan of Massachusetts, speaking recently at a clergy gathering in that diocese. Using these tools, "Katharine has the ability to move a conversation to a whole new level."

Bp. Jeffert Schori takes up her new responsibilities officially on All Saints Day, 1 November. She will be invested and seated at a service at Washington National Cathedral on 4 November.

Members of the ST&F Network Steering Board met with Bp. Katharine in Las Vegas in 2004. They offer her their congratulations, best wishes, and blessings as she keeps "fishing and working at the depths," as she says. We know that she'll come up with more fresh images and concepts from science and technology to serve our faith and our Church!

[A podcast of the post-election news conference can be found at www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_77550_ENG_HTM.htm. The NPR interview can be heard at www.wamu.org/programs/dr/06/06/29.php.]


ST&F Network Convener elected to Examining Chaplains Board
Above, Sandra Michael ponders the engagement of science with society
Other amazing things happened at the General Convention, besides the election of a scientist-bishop to head the Episcopal Church for the next three years.

For one thing, the Convener of the ST&F Network since 2004, Dr. Sandra Michael, was elected to a six-year term on the General Board of Examining Chaplains (GBEC). This is the body that writes, reads and grades the General Ordination Examination, taken by most seminarians seeking ordination. Taking the GOE is a week-long rite of passage for most seniors, and it purports to indicate strengths and weaknesses in their preparation for ministry leadership.

According to the website of the Office for Ministry Development , members of the Board "come from all walks of life. They are chosen by the Administrator from names suggested by GBEC members, by bishops, other clergy, lay people, or by experienced readers. About half of the readers are clergy, often with pastoral cures. Many clergy readers have themselves taken the GOE. Whether clergy or laity, the readers work conscientiously and carefully and are fully cognizant of the importance of their task."

Dr. Michael is a geneticist and endocrinologist, Distinguished Professor of Biology at Binghamton University (SUNY). "I have been privileged to participate in a number of activities to help Episcopalians become better informed about fundamental elements of both faith and modern science. The engagement of science with society is pervasive and complex, and often leads to questions of value and meaning, and of ethics and religion. As a member of the GBEC, I welcome the opportunity to bring this experience and expertise to raising up the next generation of ordained leaders of our church."

Dr. Michael is active in the Diocese of Central New York, which she represents as a Deputy at the General Convention. To learn more about her, see the "In the Spotlight" feature of Network Newsletter 3-2 and Binghamton's research e-newsletter.


Archibishop of Canterbury advocates sound science teaching
The Most Reverend Dr. Rowan Williams, Archibishop of Canterbury, has spoken emphatically in favor of sound science education in British schools, rather than creationism or Intelligent Design. In a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian at Lambeth Palace last spring, he said that Creation and the sacred stories in the Scriptures that tell of it, are not in the same category with scientific accounts of star formation, for example, and life-form development.

And he is concerned for more that just science education. "My worry is creationism can end up reducing the doctrine of creation rather than enhancing it," he said.

The article in The Guardian said that while creationism and ID do not pose nearly the threat to science education in England that they do in the U.S., several privately-funded evangelical academies have made creationism their science curriculum.

Read the full interview at http://education.guardian.co.uk/schools/story/0,,1735731,00.html on The Guardian website.


For Creation care: green energy & food security
  • "Food for Thought," course offering at CDSP
      Deacon Phina Borgeson, a member of the Network Steering Board, is teaching a seven-week on-line course this fall through the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), in Berkeley, Cal. It's called "Food for Thought." While this course is beamed at Episcopal deacons, presbyters and other church professionals (for whom CEUs are available), it's by no means limited to them. It would be helpful if participants have some familiarity, and a comfort level, with liberal liturgical Christianity.

      Issues to be explored include food security, pattern of consumption, and the planet's carrying capacity. To explore the course content further and to register, go to http://www.cdsp.edu/call_onlinecourses.html#food.

  • Geothermal initiative at GTS
      The General Theological Seminary (GTS), in New York City, is converting its present heating-cooling system, which uses fossil fuel, to an energy-efficient geothermal system.

      Drilling for a series of standing column wells, integral to the new system, will begin this Fall. Years in the planning stages, construction on the project begins in the wake of the Episcopal Church's General Convention, which passed significant "green" legislation encouraging the church at every level to reduce "energy use through conservation and increased efficiency, and by replacing consumption of fossil fuels with energy from renewable resources" toward the reduction of global warming.

      Thanks to the new system, need for roof-level cooling towers will be permanently eliminated, helping to preserve the architectural integrity of the campus's Gothic Revival buildings and gardenlike open space in the heart of the Chelsea neighborhood.

      "As stewards of both our Chelsea Square campus and of the glorious but fragile Earth we all share, we are investing in this geothermal system to benefit the Seminary, our neighbors, and our world for generations to come," said the Very Rev. Ward B. Ewing, dean and president.

      Read the full story at Episcopal News Service.

  • Greening-up resources from the Diocese of Alabama
      The Task Force for Stewardship of Creation of the Diocese of Alabama offers some resources that come highly recommended by members of the Network Steering Committee. On their webpage, the Task Force has made available downloads of (a) a five-part curriculum to accompany the Province IV Bishops' Pastoral Letter on the care of creation (see below), (b) an energy audit called "$ave Money, $ave the Earth," (c) resources for Church School teachers, (d) the EPA's "Energy Guide for Congregations," and (e) a list of websites for creating environmentally friendly buildings.

  • Province IV Bishops' Pastoral Letter, "Care of Creation"
      The Episcopal bishops of the Fourth Province greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Source, Guide and Goal of life. We write you to address our joyful, weighty responsibility to take seriously our stewardship of God's creation. In this letter we will speak to the theology of earth stewardship, the imminent earth crisis that demands our attention as stewards of the earth, and a specific call to engage in environmental education in our dioceses and parishes.

      There is deep-seated theology of earth stewardship that we locate primarily in the opening chapters of the Book of Genesis. The theme of care for the creation is taken up in other parts of the Torah. For instance, in the 25th chapter of Leviticus God enjoins the Hebrew people to "give the earth its Sabbaths." This teaching is in the context of a cluster of teachings about the proper regard of the stranger, the poor, and the disenfranchised. In a world so vastly different from that in which Leviticus was first written and received; that is, an agriculturally based society, how can we understand and fulfill the teaching of "giving the earth its Sabbaths"? [continued]


Opinion: "In praise of Anglican fudge (Yes, no and maybe)" by Nick Knisely
[Reprinted by permission from "Entangled States: Quantum Physics, Theology and World Mission... living at the Intellectual Crossroads," www.entangledstates.org/science/index.html.]

"Let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' be 'No.'"

I've noticed more and more people using this phrase lately. It's an injunction from Our Lord (Matt 5:37) and, as such, needs to be taken seriously. I know that I try to. When I'm asked a direct yes-or-no question, and there is any way for me to answer it directly, I answer it either "yes" or "no."

I imagine the reason that we're hearing this particular phrase so often right now in Anglican circles is that people are getting tired of "process" and want to move to "decision" with regard to the questions confronting the Communion. I hear their frustration, and I share it. It's hard to live in the in-between times and it often feels like we're wasting time and effort when there are so many other frankly more important issues to tackle.

But...

There exist questions that don't have "yes" or "no" answers. Important questions.

I was trained as a physicist. I still teach physics and astronomy to undergraduates a couple of times a week these days. As such I am spending a portion of my intellectual life in a landscape where there are not "yes" or "no" answers.

"Is light a particle or a wave?" The answer is "yes" and the answer is "no." It depends on how you are looking. It is completely a wave sometimes and completely a particle sometimes. It has zero (rest)mass.

"Is a bowling ball a particle or a wave?" The answer is "yes" and the answer is "no." It is both--same as for light--in spite of the fact that a bowling ball has mass.

Physicists eat paradox for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is their great delight and their great scandal.

I used to think that there was someway to resolve the paradoxes of physics. Einstein certainly did. He didn't like the fact that Quantum Physics implied that there was no ultimate answer to a question--just a fuzzy "maybe". It's where his famous quote "God doesn't play dice with the Universe" comes from.

But the work done (in the area of Quantum Entanglement) around the issue of Bell's Theorem and Quantum Mechanics has pretty much indicated that Einstein was wrong. The Universe does come with a set of dice. The best answer we can ultimately give is "maybe."

No one frankly likes this. The experiments that have shown it have been repeated many times. They keep giving the same answer. The dice are real--and they are fundamental.

In the thinking of Thomas Kuhn, this represents a profound paradigm shift. Determinism is wrong. There is no ultimate reality to which we can appeal--at least in terms of this created Universe. The Newtonian paradigm is giving way the Quantum paradigm. We are still in the process of making this paragdigm shift. It has been underway for nearly 90 years and it's yet not completed.

So...

If we are going to use natural law to inform our theological reasoning, then we have to include this piece of data as well. It would seem to imply that there are theological questions which can not have precise, logically complete answers. To use this idea would mean to accept that there are times when the best we can hope for in a moment of conflict is to create a classic Anglican fudge. And not out of our inability to reach out to the truth, but because the truth is fundamentally fudged.

(NB: I use truth vs. Truth to distiguish between the reality that we can comprehend (truth) and the reality that is the Holy One (Truth) in the sentence above.)

The first issue for us is to decide if the "issues" that we are being asked to say "Yes" or "No" to, really need to have a "Maybe" answer. I don't think this idea contradicts the complete testimony of the Holy Scriptures even if it does go against the plain meaning of Matt 5:37. But "plain meaning" can be a difficult thing to understand in and of itself as I've recently been reminded.

[Network member Nicholas Knisely is a physicist/astronomer-priest serving a parish in the Diocese of Bethlehem. He has just been called as Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, Arizona. He may be reached by email at nick@wnknisely.org.]


Some good resource for sexuality discussions
Task forces and committees in several dioceses have engaged in studies of the science and religion of human sexuality, including sexual partner preference. In addition, the House of Bishops has adopted a "science-free" document, which is good to know about. There is a similar document available from the Anglican Church, which is mostly "science-free." All these have all been made available for personal and general use in parishes and chaplaincy discussion groups. In addition, the Society of Ordained Scientists has made its study available as a resource for churches. Titles and access information are given below.
  • Diocese of Southeast Florida: "Bishop's Council of Advice Report on Human Sexuality." The PDF document may be downloaded at www.diosef.org/hsr/index.html.
      This 68-page report came out in 2004. It includes reports from several subcommittees (theology; medical, sociological and genetic research; educational resource; and pastoral care) and a report on relevant provisions of Constitution and Canons. The document is presented to readers for review as a "work in progress," not a definitive study on human sexuality. A form for comments is found at the link given above. Outstanding references and bibliography.

  • Diocese of Massachusetts: "The Science of Sexual Behavior in Humans and Other Animals: A Resource for the Churches." The PDF document may be downloaded at http://diomass.org:80/diomass/index.cfm?objectid=6819A372-F1FF-A620-9410B75641884272#10.
      This 17-page booklet, published in 2005, considers human behavior to be part of the spectrum of animal behavior, but modified to some degree by choice. It was produced by an ecumenical working group under diocesan sponsorship. Useful selective bibligraphy.

  • Society of Ordained Scientists, "On the Biological Basis of Human Sexual Orientation," report written by the Rev. Dr. David de Pomerai and the Rev. Dr. Thomas Lindell. May be read online at www.thesosc.org/articles/articles.html.
      This paper was written in 2006 by two biologist-priests, members of the Society of Ordained Scientists. Tom Lindell is a member of the ST&F Network and the Executive Council's Committee on ST&F. Using current science, this report answers the questions, "Are there "genes for" homosexuality?" and "Is there an evolutionary rationale for same-sex attraction (SSA)?" Excellent bibliography.
  • Theology Committee of the House of Bishops: "The Gift of Sexuality: A Theological Perspective." PDF can be downloaded at www.ecusa.anglican.org/1275_10476_ENG_HTM.htm.
      This 11-page report was adopted by the House of Bishops in 2003.

  • Church of England, Working Party of the House of Bishops: "Some Issues in Human Sexuality: A Guide to the Debate."
      This 320-page tome was published in 2003 as a follow-up to the 1991 document, "Issues in Human Sexuality." An ENS article by James Solheim (see www.er-d.org/info_21844_ENG_HTM.htm ) says that the guide "is not intended to direct the debate towards any conclusions but rather 'to help Christian people think through different aspects of gay, lesbian and transsexual relationships,' according to the introduction. While it describes a wide range of sexual activities it also contains a defense of the church's policies" regarding unmarried clergy celebacy. The paperback can be bought from Amazon.com for $16.75.


Letter to the Editor
    Dear Mother Barbara,

    So nice to get your Newsletter again. I notice that it has a bias against non-computer users, with no sign of a postal address or phone number. I saved the envelope and got your address from that.

    The two Newsletters I have seen had little science and less technology. For Technology, I still like the remark I heard in a sermon I heard somewhere while on vacation: Be careful of how much you get from St. Paul--we are as far ahead of him as Star Trek TV is ahead of us.

    Science, both practical (technology) up to cosmology (way out guess with some physical and mathematical backup) has shown that both Scripture and tradition are products of an extremely ignorant age and developed for the edification of a general public of extreme ignorance of all branches of science. As I once suggested, Genesis should begin with quantum theory. Then after a minute's thought, I laughed and said, "Nope--in two hundred years quantum theory may seem as foolish as the phlogiston theory seems today."

    Your Newsletters seem to run to philosophy with nothing on attitudes of "lower culture" engineers or technicians. Lots of us are interested but do not discuss it in "proper" language.

    My biggest concern about the whole [science, technology & faith] project is that the whole thing is too wide, unbounded in too many directions. Science and technelogy range from theoretical cosmologist to master electrician. At any level there is a wide range of culture and non-technioal interests (including theology) which greatly affect & person's technical attitudes. Worse is assuming theology to be a unifying subject. Unfortunately there are about as many facets of theology as of poetry or music appreciation.

    So, even among those who are interested in details, there about as many different attitudes as people, down to the good churchman-scientist who casually says, "Yeah, God did a whole bunch of fancy things. He isn't telling us how and science is slowly finding out." Then down to the [scientists with the] idea that theologians have been handing us a pile of balony for several thousand years and should be laughed off. All psychology and psychiatry is now at about the level of Newton in physics. Don't ask a theologian to define power, force, life, image, or a batch of other buzz words.

    Sincerely,
    Louis E. Fay [see more about him below, "In the Spotlight"]
    Chico, California

    [Thanks for taking the time to write, Dr. Fay. This Newsletter is supposed to be the Network's Newsletter. If you would like to contribute articles, book reviews, news items, or reflections, especially those you feel would speak more effectively to "'lower culture' engineers or technicians,' written in less "'proper' language," we would be grateful recipients. Mail them to the editor, address now shown at the bottom of the newsletter. Thanks for prompting that change. -Ed.]


In the Spotlight: Some Network members take a bow
For this feature, we invite our members to introduce themselves with short biographies. Please send your own bio-sketch and a picture to the editor.
  • Dr. Louis Fay
    environmental engineer, Chico, Cal.
    Above, Louis Fay studies ferns in Ecuador

    Born in Tucson in 1928, I lived Roswell, New Mexico, until 1943, when my family moved to Iowa and I went off to military school. Military school used to be a penalty for bad behaviour or a convenience for parents who wanted to travel. In 1943, however, it was a great privilege. I did my last two years of high school there and came out knowing a big lot about how to be a good soldier. No one had predicted THE BOMB at that time. I always liked it as it was a big contributor to my being here. I went into the military until 1949 and ended up as a charter member of the U.S. Air Force. One day in 1947, we were on the parade ground and the general said, "Men, you are no longer in the Army, you are in the Air Force."

    I went to Georgia Tech 1949 to 1953, got a B.S. chemistry and a B.S. in physics, then started graduate school in chemistry at Iowa State College. In 1954, I married Alice, a junior professor in the department. That same year, I flunked out of grad school and went into industrial research. I spent five years studying applications of bulk (non-junction) semiconductors, then five years improving the magnetic aspects of the last high-capacity, big-disk magnetic memories. I became fairly expert on applications of the Hall Effect.

    In 1963 the older children were in school, Alice wanted to get back into teaching, and I needed a job change. At church one Sunday, in a back pew I found a one-page leaflet about the Overseas Mission Board. A little church college Liberia, Cuttington College, badly needed science teachers. Alice and I said, "Oh Boy!" After a year of fighting church politics, we arrived at Cuttington in July 1965. Baby Susan had her second birthday in Liberia. (It was safe in those days).

    We returned to the U.S. in 1967 to a recession in electronics, so I taught for a year at North Ontario Institute of Technology at Kirkland Lake. After that we went to The University of the West Indies, Trinidad branch, where I taught electrical physics at all levels and Alice was developing her interests in chemistry service courses for non-chemistry majors. After five years, social conditions in Trinidad were deteriorating rapidly and we returned to U.S. in 1973.

    I wanted to return to Third World but had learned a few items: 1) People need clean water much more than fancier electronics; 2) at higher adminiatrative levels you got little respect without Ph.D.; and 3) politics and culture were the main reasons that a third-world "Marshall Plan" was a total failure. So Alice became chemistry department head at a junior college in Anderson, S.C., and I went back to school at Clemson.

    In 1975 I earned my M.Ed. in science teaching after hearing a talk by 'minority' leaders that one of their major problems was a shortage of teachers with experience teaching Black students. I had had plenty--in Africe--but that was not, as it turned out, the sort of experience they needed. As that endeavor was a complete flop, I went back to grad school and took an M.S. in environmental systems engineering and a Ph.D. in 1983 in water resources engineering.

    A Fulbright Professorship took us to the University of Sierra Leone, Njala campus, 1984-85. By then most of Africa had become dangerous for upper middle-aged folks (I was 55 when I got my doctorate). When we returned, I did a year at McNeese University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and then found a fun, but odd, position at Georgia Military College, a junior college. The Administrators were pleased to find a Ph.D. who was a graduate of a military high school and with four years' military service. The teaching demands were well below my academic qualifications, but it was great fun to associate with the cadets, participate in P.T., go rappelling, etc. I had absolutely no classroom discipline problems, and no need to put on a "monkey show" to convince the class that the subject was relevant. I spent seven grand years there, 1988-95. Then the school had financial problems and became a "football factory." Academic standards declined. As second-year calculus and calculus-based physics became redundant, I was sidetracked at age 66 after the 1994-1995 school year. While my students took military training that summer, Alice and I went to South America to collect ferns. I am not complaining about the change in the school. The new general did a wonderful job of saving the institution (and many jobs) while providing a big remedial school, still much needed in central Georgia.

    Looking for something useful to do, Alice and I joined Teachers for Africa, which had lots of older people and was very safety-oriented. We taught at the University of Nairobi, 1995-97. We returned to U.S. just before things warmed up in Kenya for the '97 election.

    Again looking for something to do, I tried Habitat for Humanity in Bolivia and Ghana but found it to be too "groupie." In the fall of 1999, I ran across the Earthwatch Institute. I thought the name looked suspicious, but their literature carefully stated that their projects are science, not fancy vacations or ecological tours. When I saw that "A Botanical Survey of the Cameroon Rainforest" was led by the British Royal Herbarium, Kew, I figured that this was just what I wanted. Luckily we had sent about a hundred collections to the Kew from Sierra Leone when we were there in 1985, so I was recognized as a fern expert. I made several 2-to-4-week trips for field work from 2001 till 2005 (see photo).

    Alice went completely blind at Christmas 2003 and had to move last fall to California (where our younger daughter lives) for better-supervised assisted living. I followed her in January of this year.

    Alice is a deacon and our daughter Delia is a priest in the Diocese of Northern California.

    This little autobiography may be too much, as I have done too much.

    I'm not connected to the internet, but Network members can write to me at my home: 1675 Manzanita Ave., #22, Chico, CA 95926-1636.

    [Dr. Fay's letter to the editor is printed above.]


  • The Rev. Sr. Claire Lofgren, O.S.H., S.O.Sc.
    biologist-priest-nun, Vails Gate, N.Y.
    When I tell someone that I have an interest in faith and science I almost always get a response of surprise or disbelief: "They're opposites, aren't they?" "Really?" "Does your church allow that kind of thing?" My answers are "No, yes and yes."

    My interest in science goes back to childhood and I worked in medical research for a time as a young adult. I left that work about 20 years ago to become a priest, but my interest in science has never left and I've discovered that I am among a growing number who share an interest in the intersection between science and faith.

    Above, Sr. Claire, stopped at the intersection of science and religion
    In the spring and summer of 2005 I was able to attend two gatherings of people who share my interest. The first was in Santa Fe, New Mexico from April 7 to 10. The first part was devoted to the Steering Board of the Episcopal Church Network on Science Technology and Faith. This is a rather loose association of laypeople and clergy in the Episcopal Church who have an interest in faith-and-science issues and who are willing to offer their expertise to the wider church. At the moment, I am serving as treasurer of this group.

    A highlight of this meeting was a presentation on the newly released document, A Catechism of Creation: An Episcopal Understanding. Its format is question and answer, like the Episcopal Prayer Book's Catechism (pp. 843-862). Part I builds upon the Bible's basic doctrine of creation. Part II outlines the modern scientific worldview, including the Big Bang and the evolution of life. Part III presents the biblical roots for environmental care. It is available on the web at http://www.dfms.org/19021_58393_ENG_HTM.htm?menupage=58392.

    Meeting at the same time in Santa Fe were faith-and-science groups from a number of other denominations, about 50 people in all from the Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, United Church of Christ, Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. Together they form the annual meeting of the Ecumenical Roundtable on Science Technology and the Church. We heard from leading scholars on topics that included some of the questions being raised in the areas of cognitive science and religion and on the complex relationships between venture capitalism, the scientific community and religion. Other areas touched upon included ethics, the environment, social justice and the use and interpretation of scripture.

    Later in the summer, I traveled to Scargill Retreat Center in northwest Yorkshire, England, for the Annual Gathering of the Society of Ordained Scientists. It is a religious society that was formed in the Church of England about 20 years ago. All of the members of the society are ordained and are or were active in some field of science. While most of the members belong to the Church of England, there are members from other denominations and others parts of the Anglican Communion. I serve as North American co-convener for the Society.

    My own role in the faith-and-science dialogue is a small one. Apart from serving on the boards of these groups, most of my involvement is at the parish level; speaking with groups of all ages from young children to adults about faith and science, and touching on these issues in some of my sermons. I look forward to the possibility of meeting with parish groups to study the new Catechism of Creation, using it as a tool for discussing some of today's crucial issues of theology, ethics, social justice, and human understanding that are raised at the crossroads of faith with science. I am a sister of the Order of St. Helena, which has convents in Vails Gate and Manhattan, N.Y., and Atlanta, Ga. You can reach me by email at clofgren@osh.org.


  • Dr. John Lewis
    computer scientist, Acton, Mass.
    Above, John Lewis ponders the big questions

    I have a life-long interest in science and a life-long affiliation with the Episcopal Church. I graduated from Dartmouth with a major in mathematics, and received a Ph.D. in computer science from Yale. I've been an active member of Trinity (Episcopal) Church in Concord, Mass., for many years. I find the relationship of faith and science to raise fascinating questions--and important ones in today's world, as well. I have pursued my interest in these questions through work with InterFase (International Faith and Science Exchange), and I am currently the Convener of the Working Group on Faith and Genetics of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

    You can reach me by email at jlewis@trinityconcord.org.


  • Ms. Carole Belgrade
    bioethicist, Roslindale, Mass.
    I am currently a MA candidate in the Religion and Psychology program at Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Mass. In 2004 I completed a Certificate in Theological Studies at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. Prior to my theological studies, I graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. I have worked in both corporate and non profit organizations in the areas of database applications and quality control.

    Above, Carole Belgrade showing off the new publication, "Science of Sexual Behavior in Humans and Other Animals"
    Presently, I serve as Assistant Convener of the Faith & Genetics Ecumenical Working Group, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. In 2005, I was pleased to help produce group's 2005 report, "The Science of Sexual Behavior in Humans and Other Animals: A Resource for Churches." [For more about this publication, see above.]

    In addition to her academic and diocesan work, I am a contributing book reviewer for Science and Theology News, an online e-newsletter. I am involved in the Celtic Spirituality and Worship groups at a nearby parish, and I am involved with Open Studio Roslindale and the AIDS Action Committee, Boston.

    My research and professional interests are focussed in the areas of bioethics, women's health and political issues and interfaith/ecumenical dialogue. I enjoy travel, yoga, and attending theatre performances and concerts.

    I can be reached at carolebelgrade@hotmail.com.



Downloadable Network fliers in both Spanish and English
Why not print out Science, Technology and Faith Network brochures for your parish or cathedral tract-rack? Help spread the word to those who wonder how Christian faith interacts with developments in science and technology. There is a real hunger among Episcopalians to be able to ask important questions about faithful living within contemporary society. The Network welcomes questioners.

The Network brochure is available both in Spanish and in English versions, as PDF files (Acrobat Reader required).


Previous Newsletter Issues
Vol. 1-1, All Saints 2001
Vol. 1-2, Epiphany 2002
Vol. 1-3, Trinity 2002

Vol. 2-1, New Year 2003
Vol. 2-2, Sts Peter & Paul 2003
Vol. 2-3, Christmas 2003

Vol. 3-1, Ash Wednesday 2004
Vol. 3-2, St. Luke (18 Oct.) 2004

Vol. 4-1, Lent 5 (mid-March) 2005
Vol. 4-2, St. Aidan (31 Aug.) 2005
Vol. 4-3, Christ the King (20 Nov.) 2005

Vol. 5-1, Pentecost (4 June) 2006
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Revised 21 November 2006