The Episcopal Church Network for Science, Technology & Faith Newsletter
Vol. 5-3 Thanksgiving 23 November, 2006

Video of investiture of scientist-PB, Katharine Jefferts Schori
Inaugural William Pollard Lecture, 13 Dec.
In memoriam: Arthur Peacocke, preeminent Anglican scientist-theologian
Announcing the new ST&F Committee roster
Scientist-priest instituted Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix
AAAS Annual Meeting highlights for ST&F interest
Planning for Evolution Sunday 2, 11 Feb. 2007
In the Spotlight: Some Network members take a bow
Amy Case
Nicholas Knisely
Thomas Lindell
Downloadable Network fliers in English and Spanish
Previous Newsletter Issues

Video of investiture of scientist-PB, Katharine Jefferts Schori
Above, The new Presiding Bishop
at her investiture

For those who didn't get seats for the investiture and institution of the 26th Presiding Bishop or who missed the live webcast--and for those who want to enjoy it all over again--the video is archived by Episcopal News Service at A DVD of the 4 November service at Washington National Cathedral is now available for purchase from Episcopal Books and Resources.

Inaugural William Pollard Lecture, 13 December
by Courtland Randall

Above, Pollard (at right) in 1988 with other pioneers of the Ecumenical Roundtable on Science, Technology & the Church (photo credit: Peter Arvedson, S.O.Sc.)
The Boston Theological Institute (BTI) announces the inauguration of a lecture series named in memory of the Rev. Dr. William G. Pollard, physicist, Episcopal priest, and founding director of Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies (later renamed Oak Ridge Associated Universities, ORAU). The inaugural lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday,
13 December, at First Parish Church, 404 Concord Ave., Belmont, Massachusetts. The new lecture series is one of the BTI Symposia on Science and Religion.

Pollard devoted his life to scientific research, parish ministry, and theological thought. This lecture series is dedicated to scientists, exemplified by Pollard, who have recognized and honored the fruitfulness of the relationship between science and religion. He was one of the pioneering leaders of what came to be known as the Ecumenical Roundtable on Science, Technology and the Church (see photo).

A WWII colleague of Pollard's, Andre J. de Bethune is the inaugural speaker for the lecture series. A brilliant and highly prolific chemist, Professor Emeritus at Boston College, Dr. de Bethune will compare his memories of those times with some of Pollard's. Of particular relevance to the lives of these two friends and colleagues was their reaction and response to news of the Hiroshima attack while they were both still working on the Project at Columbia University in the closing days of the war.

For those interested in the science/religion discussion and its relevance to our times, the inauguration of the Pollard Lecture Series is auspicious. Among contemporary voices, only a few, like William Pollard's, convey observations of a worker who contributed to both fields. He did not retire from one field to turn his attention to another, but rather wove his own life web with action threads spun from both domains in the same time frame. Sadly, this important physicist-priest and academic pioneer died in 1989, but we have access to his useful writings and experiences.

Some of his earliest and probably most valuable work in science was accomplished in the Manhatten Project during World War II. Outcomes related to that work at Hiroshima and Nagasaki left indelible imprints in his being, although he always eschewed the idea of guilt as a motivation.

More about the career of William Pollard may be found at the ORAU website.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Directions to the church may be found at For further information, contact event coordinator Courtland Randall at

In memoriam: Arthur Peacocke, preeminent Anglican scientist-theologian
[This memorial tribute to the Rev. Canon Dr. Arthur Robert Peacocke was written by the Rt. Rev. David Atkinson, S.O.Sc., Bishop of Thetford (England). It first appeared in The Church Times, and is reprinted here with permission. Bp. Atkinson is himself an ordained scientist, having trained as an organic chemist.]

The death of Arthur Peacocke on October 21st has deprived the Church of a prophet and a pioneer. A prophet constantly calling the Church to meet the challenges from the sciences, and to bear its witness in the scientific world. A pioneer, and indeed one of the international patriarchal figures, in facilitating the conversation between science and religion. The Collect of the Society of Ordained Scientists, for which Arthur was inspiration, founder member and first Warden, aptly sums up much that Arthur stood for:

"Almighty God, Creator and Redeemer of all that is, source and foundation of time and space, matter and energy, life and consciousness, grant to all who study the mysteries of your creation grace to be true witnesses to your glory and faithful stewards of your gifts, through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Born in Watford in 1924, Arthur read chemistry at Exeter College Oxford. He became a lecturer at Birmingham University where he worked on the structure of DNA, while also studying for a Diploma in Theology. Later he was fellow and tutor in chemistry at St Peter's College and then Mansfield College, Oxford, before offering for the Church of England ministry. Ordained in 1971 he became Dean of Clare College Cambridge in 1973, returning to Oxford as first Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre in 1985.

Above, Arthur Peacocke in 1989 (photo credit: John Keggi, S.O.Sc.)
He said that in Birmingham "it struck me forcibly how supine the church appeared to be in response to the new challenges arising from developments in many intellectual spheres and most of all in the natural sciences." What was needed in the 20th century was the flexible equivalent of what the Dominican order has been--"a resource for the Church and its shock troops in meeting the intellectual challenges of the day." Arthur founded the Science and Religion Forum in the 1970s, which still flourishes for the exchange of ideas. But something more was needed--a new order, the Society of Ordained Scientists, established in 1986, held together by prayer and sacrament, and committed to the life of science for and on behalf of the church.

Arthur wrote numerous scholarly papers and a dozen books, of which his first major contribution to the conversation between science and Christian faith was Science and the Christian Experiment (1973), which won the Lecomte de Nouy Prize.

In it he writes: "The realisation that our minds can find the world intelligible, and the implications this has that an explanation for the world process is to be found in mental rather than purely material categories, has been for many scientists who are theists, including the present writer, an essential turning point in their thinking."

He was honoured by the invitation to give the Bampton Lectures in Oxford in 1978, published as Creation and the World of Science, and the Gifford Lectures at St. Andrews in 1993, expanded in Theology for a Scientific Age. He was awarded an M.B.E. in 1993, and the prestigious Templeton Prize in 2001. Extraordinarily he held both a D.Sc. and D.D.

Beginning with the interplay of chance and necessity in the universe and the processes of evolution, Arthur explores the meaning of humanity in the light of the sciences. He discusses the significance of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth for our search for meaning, and sees all things finding their fulfilment in 'the love that moves the sun and the other stars.' Throughout he develops a 'critical realism' through which science, by appropriate use of models, theories and metaphors, aims to depict the structures of the real world.

Among his other publications are From Cosmos to Love (1976), Intimations of Reality: Critical Realism in Science and Religion (1984), God and the New Biology (1994), From DNA to Dean: Reflections and Explorations of a Priest-Scientist (1999), Paths from Science Towards God: The End of All our Exploring (2001).

An unassuming and gentle person, generous hearted, a lover of music and the arts, he was a very great inspiration and friend to an increasing number of clergy and others who found his courageous and energetic intellectual journeys so refreshing and stimulating.

In the last week of his life he wrote to his friends, including a reference to his cancer. "This is a new challenge to the integrity of my past thinking. I am only enabled to meet this challenge by my root conviction that God is Love as revealed supremely in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.... I know that God is waiting for me to be enfolded in love."

He leaves his wife, Rosemary, whom he married in 1948, a son and a daughter. He also leaves the Church mourning the loss of a great and innovative thinker, for whose life and ministry over so many years we thank God.

Announcing the new ST&F Committee roster
With last summer's General Convention, the terms of half the members of the Executive Council's Committee on ST&F expired. New members were appointed by the President of the House of Deputies, Bonnie Anderson. The 2006-2009 officers and roster are as follows:
    The Rev. Dr. David B. Bailey, Vice-Chair (Dioc. of Southern Ohio, Prov. V)
    The Rev. Sally Bingham (Dioc. of California, Prov. VIII)
    The Rev. Josephine Borgeson, Secretary (Dioc. of Northern California, Prov. VIII)
    Dr. Barbara Elliott (Dioc of Minnesota, Prov. VI)
    Dr. Neil James (Dioc. of Florida, Province IV)
    Dr. James A. Jordan, Jr., Chair (Dioc. of Northern California, Prov. VIII)
    The Rev. Dr. Thomas Lindell, S.O.Sc. (Dioc. of Arizona, Prov. VIII)
    Dr. Sandra D. Michael (Dioc. of Central New York, Prov. II)
    The Rev. Canon Edward W. Rodman, Executive Council Liaison (Dioc. of Massachusetts, Prov. I)
    Dr. Richard Schori (Dioc. of Nevada, Prov. VIII)
    The Rev. Alistair So (Dioc. of Washington, D.C., Prov. III)
    Dr. Stephen Stray (Dioc. of Mississippi, Prov. IV)
    Canon Robert Williams, Communications Office Liaison (Dioc. of Los Angeles, Prov. VIII)
We wish them congratulations and pray God's many blessings in their important ministry to our church.

Astronomer-priest now Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix

Above, l to r, the Very Rev. George Werner, the Right Reverend Kirk Stevan Smith, and the newly Very Rev. Nick Knisely
On 11 November, the Rev. Dr. W. Nicholas Knisely was instituted as the 12th Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, Arizona. Trained first as a physicist and astronomer, Dean Knisely was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1991 and, over the past fifteen years, has served congregations in Delaware and Pennsylvania. He is a member of the ST&F Network.

Dean Knisely has been active in a variety of ministries during his career, with an emphasis on outreach and local and international mission work, as well as a particular focus of late on communications technology and its effect on parish ministry [see "In the Spotlight" below]. He has served as founding president of a local "Habitat for Humanity" Chapter in western Pennsylvania and traveled to Swaziland, on behalf of his parish and diocese in Pennsylvania, and has worked with the church and business communities to respond to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Southern Africa.

[For more about Nick Knisely, see below "In the Spotlight." --Ed.]

AAAS Annual Meeting highlights for ST&F interest
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announces the program for its Annual Meeting and Exposition, to be held in San Francisco, 15-19 February. All ST&F Network members who plan to attend are invited to email ST&F Network Convener Sandra Michael at to plan an opportunity to meet.

The entire program, including speakers and the titles of their talks, is available for browsing, at AAAS Annual Meeting. Here is a sampling of events of interest to those working at the interface of ST&F:
  • Friday, 2/16
      8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Symposium: Addiction and the Brain: Are We Hard-Wired to Abuse Drugs?
      8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Symposium: Dynamics of Extinction
      8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Symposium: Achieving Sustainable Water Supplies in the Drought-Plagued West
      8:30 - 10 a.m. Symposium: Symposium: Anti-Evolution in Europe: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid, or Not?
      10:30 - 12 Drawing the Line: Scientific Objectivity and Sustainability Advocacy
      12:30 - 1:15 p.m. 2007 George Sarton Award Lecture: "Discipline and Disease: The Social Transformation of Cancer in the Age of Biomedicine, by Keith Wailoo (Rutgers)
      1:45-4:45 p.m. Symposium: Wave of the Future: Predicting Human Health Threats in Our Oceans
      1:45 - 3:15 p.m. Symposium: Sustaining the Global Climate: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy
      3:30 - 5 p.m. Symposium: Ethical Issues in Nuclear Weapon Programs
      3:30 - 5 p.m. Symposium: 50 Years of Space Exploration: Historical Insights into Societal Impacts
      5 - 6:30 p.m. Reception: AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics & Religion
      6:30 - 8:30 p.m. President's Address (title tba), by John Holdren (Woods Hole, Harvard)
      8 - 10 p.m. Annals of Improbable Research (topics from science's sillier side)
  • Saturday, 2/17
      8 - 11 a.m. Symposium: Environmental Justice 20 Years After "Toxic Waste and Race"
      8 - 11 a.m. Symposium: Grand Challenges of Sustainability Science
      8 - 9:30 a.m. Symposium: Domestic Bioenergy: Weaning Ourselves from Foreign Oil Addiction
      8 - 9:30 a.m. Symposium: Interplay of Emotion and Cognition: Implications for Learning and High-Stakes Testing
      9:45 - 11:15 a.m. Symposium: Social Science Insights for Sustainability
      3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Symposium: Science Literacy and Pseudoscience
      4 - 5:30 p.m. Clinic: Changing Science Education: Run for Your School Board
      5 - 6:30 p.m. Reception: AAAS Science and Human Rights Program
  • Sunday, 2/18
      8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Symposium: Does Neuroscience Challenge Moral and Legal Notions of Responsibility?
      8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Symposium: Perception, Persuasion, and Climate Change: Can Science Induce Urgent Action?
      10:30 - 12 Symposium: Advancing Understanding of "Race" to Sustain the Well-Being of Humanity
      1:45 - 4:45 p.m. Symposium: Universal Laws Governing Biological Systems
      1:45 - 3:15 p.m. Symposium: How Will Stem Cell Research Be Sustained?
  • Monday, 2/19
      9:15 - 12:15 Symposium: The Science and Ethics of a Culture of Sustainability
      9:15 - 12:15 Symposium: Life Sciences Research and Biosecurity: A New Paradigm for Scientific Responsibility
      11 - 12:30 Symposium: Who Speaks for Science? Scientific Authority in the 21st Century

Planning under way for Evolution Sunday 2, 11 Feb. 2007
by Dr. Michael Zimmerman, Office of the Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN 46208

    I'm writing to update you on the status of The Clergy Letter Project and to ask for your help. I am delighted to say that because of our collective efforts The Clergy Letter continues to receive very favorable attention as we continue to spread the word that religion and modern science can comfortably coexist.

    Unfortunately, there is a great deal of work that still needs to be done. One striking example will make my point. Ken Ham, perhaps the world's most successful creationist and the head of the organization known as Answers in Genesis, took out a huge ad in the Cincinnati Enquirer on 10 September 2006. The ad focused on the saddest, cutest, little six-year-old girl imaginable. The text read:
      Her daddy died on September 11th. She wants to know where God was when her daddy needed Him the most. As a society, we reap the consequences of the unquestioned acceptance of the belief in evolution every day. It teaches us that God isn't real and that He isn't paying attention. It has no answers for why bad things happen in our world.

    The goals of The Clergy Letter Project are to counter terrible messages of this sort and to elevate the national debate about the positive interaction possible between religion and science.

    Toward this end, The Clergy Letter Project is sponsoring the Second Annual Evolution Sunday on 11 February 2007. On (or near) this day, hundreds of congregations across the country will come together to demonstrate that religion and science both have a great deal to offer humankind. Albert Einstein articulated this point better than I could when he said, "All religions, arts, and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed towards ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual toward freedom." Congregations can participate in the national event by having a sermon on some aspect of this topic, by having an adult education class, by having a Sunday school class, by having a lunch discussion, or through any other means that is most comfortable. Our web page at offers many resources, including more than 50 sermons delivered by members, to help you create the event that is best for your particular congregation.

    Last year, Evolution Sunday received a great deal of international attention and helped people around the globe to focus on our important message. Indeed, the New York Times article on Evolution Sunday was the paper's most e-mailed article for the week. To generate this sort of publicity again, however, we will need to have more participants than last year. Please think about joining the more than 100 congregations that have already signed up to participate. If you can participate, simply send me an e-mail ( and I'll add you and your congregation to our growing list.

    Additionally, we need to spread the word to members of the clergy who have not yet heard of The Clergy Letter Project. Please take just a minute of your time and forward this e-mail or a note about our web page to friends and colleagues who might be in a position to sign and/or to participate in Evolution Sunday. An act this simple can magnify our reach dramatically. Please help. (If you prefer to send me the names and e-mail addresses of members of the clergy you think I should contact, I'll write to them personally.)

    Together we have made a difference--together we can make an even bigger difference. Please think about participating on 11 February 2007 and please spread the word about The Clergy Letter Project to colleagues and friends. Thank you so much for all you have done and for your continued support.

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.
  • Amy Case
    birth defects epidemiology program specialist, Austin, Texas
    Above, Amy Case

    Although I have a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in human services, I came late and sideways to science (in fact last year I enrolled in an undergraduate biology class because I hadn't had a science class since age 16).

    I am a Program Specialist for the Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch at the Texas Department of State Health Services. My primary role is to prepare public and professional information materials about the causes, risk factors, and prevention of birth defects (see This means that I must understand fairly complex material related to genetics, anatomy, and embryology, and then translate that understanding into meaningful resources for diverse audiences.

    I also came to the Episcopal Church as an adult, being confirmed at age 28. However, my immersion in this community has been equally intensive, as my husband went to seminary just 5 years later. (He is now Canon for Multicultural Ministries for the Diocese of Texas.)

    Since my career took me in this direction eight years ago, I have become increasingly fascinated by genetics, evolution, and population migration and how those sciences interact. The fact that many Christians find evolution, especially of the human species, to be antithetical to the faith astounds me. What could more bespeak a benevolent, patient, and powerful God than the process that formed the diverse species from a single source, and allowed ours to roam and develop into creatures who are now (although only dimly) able to perceive His great wisdom in creation?

    In closing, two favorite science & faith quotes: "Today, we are learning the language in which God created life" (Bill Clinton, regarding the completion of the first survey of the human genome). "Science investigates, religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, religion gives man wisdom, which is control" (Martin Luther King, Jr.).

    You can reach me by email at

  • The Very Rev. Dr. Nicholas Knisely
    astrophysicist-priest, cathedral dean, Phoenix, Arizona

    I have just been instituted as the Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona. [Ed. note: see article and photo above.] Before the move to Phoenix, I lived in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where I was the Rector of Trinity Church.

    You can check out the links on the left to learn more about life at Trinity and in the Diocese of Arizona.

    In 2003 and 2006 I was elected by the people of the Diocese of Bethlehem to serve as a Deputy to The General Convention of the Episcopal Church. At General Convention in 2003 I was the recording secretary of the World Mission Legislative Committee. After that convention I was appointed/elected the Chair of the Standing Commission on Episcopal Church Communication and will serve on that body until 2009. I served on the Communications Legislative Committee at the 2009 General Convention.

    I was invited to serve on the Dialogue team of Moravians and Episcopalians here in the United States. We are moving forward to full communion between these two denominations. I serve on that Dialogue as the representative from the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem.

    My training as a priest is somewhat unusual. I did my undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College. I did my graduate studies at the University of Delaware in Cosmology and Solid State Physics. I then left the world of Physics and studied at Yale and Berkeley Divinity Schools from which I received my theological degrees.

    For the past 6 years or so I have been teaching Astronomy and Physics at Lehigh University as an adjunct in addition to what I've mentioned above. Now that I'm Arizona, I'm going to have to find new ways to stay up-to-date in Astronomy and Physics.

    Karen and I have been married for 24 years and have a 13-year-old daughter, Kenney. Karen is a database administrator for Lehigh University. Kenney plans to be an actress, singer or oceanographer--she's still keeping her options open...

    I am interested in hiking, history, music and theater. I keep up a blog site called "Entangled States: Quantim Physics, Theology and World Mission." Take a look at Entangled States . I'd like to hear your comments.

  • The Rev. Dr. Thomas Lindell, S.O.Sc.
    biologist-deacon, University of Arizona, Tucson

    I was born in Red Wing, Minnesota, and was raised in Bayport, Minnesota, a town of 2500 people--1000 of whom were in the Minnesota State Prison. I graduated from Stillwater High School and attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, graduating with degrees in chemistry and biology. I did my graduate work in biochemistry at the University of Iowa, and did postdoctoral work at the University of Washington and the University of California-San Francisco.
    Above, Tom Lindell

    I was hired in 1970 as Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Arizona-Tucson. My research revolved around understanding the regulation of eukaryotic transcription at the level of the three different RNA polymerases and the mechanism of inhibitors of transcription (alpha amanitin and actinomycin D). I spent 13 years in the College and was then asked to be the Acting Head of a newly formed department called Molecular and Cellular Biology. In the following 4 1/2 years, I oversaw the construction of the Life Sciences South building and subsequently five other buildings. In addition, I was involved in the reorganization of biology at the University and revamping the curriculum. I also directed the graduate program from 1984-1997. After the acting headship, I began to assume more teaching responsibilities. I inherited a bioethics course and began to teach Contemporary Biology in Human Affairs each semester since the early 1990s, giving it up after the 2006 spring semester.

    Having always had an interest in the interface between science and religion, I returned from a sabbatical to initiate a course on Science and Theology that has been taught every semester since the fall 1998 term. I taught the course with Martinez Hewlett and William Stoeger, S.J., of the Vatican Observatory, until Marty retired. I continue to teach it with Dr. Stoeger.

    I am a deacon in the Diocese of Arizona and belong to the Society of Ordained Scientists (see S.O.Sc). I serve on the Board of St. Albert the Great Forum on Science and Theology at the university's Newman Center, and also the Board of the Foundation for Campus Ministry (Episcopal). I've been a member of the Executive Council's Committee on ST&F since 2003.

    I am married to Marilyn Anderson Lindell, a Nurse Researcher at the College of Medicine. I have two children from a previous marriage: Katherine, a lawyer in Long Beach, California, and Kristina, a grade-school teacher, who resides in London, Ontario with her husband Jamie and children, Molly and Tyler. Marilyn and I live in an environmentally friendly home that we built in 2003. You can reach me by email at

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