The Science and Religion Symposium will be a two-day symposium, to be held on its St. Davids/Eastern University Campus in the McInnis Auditorium. Each session will feature a student essay contest, a panel of local experts, and a special keynote speaker. Admission is free and it will be livestreamed as well.

The symposium comes as part of Palmer’s selection to participate in the Science for Seminaries project. The project is made possible by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) through their Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program, in partnership with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). 

Highlighting the work of professors in the fields of astronomy, medicine, and ecotheology, each session will feature a student essay contest, a panel of local experts, and a special keynote speaker. 

Student Essay Contest | Due Monday, Sept. 27th

Students, faculty, and local faith communities are encouraged to participate. To spur on the multidisciplinary dialogue, Palmer is awarding multiple $300 prizes to seminary and undergraduate students who wish to write a 3-5 page paper on their own journey as it connects to one of the topics of the symposium. For the full titles, speakers and timing of the topics, please visit the event scheduleEssays are due Monday, September 27th.  Please email your submission to zjackson@eastern.edu.

Friday 
2:00p - Greetings and opening prayer
2:15p - Student paper presentation
2:45p - Panel discussion
3:45p - Break
4:00p - Keynote presentation

Saturday
9:00a - Greetings and opening prayer 
9:15a - Student paper presentation 
9:45a - Panel discussion
10:45a - Break
11:00a - Keynote presentation
12:00p - Lunch
2:00p - Greetings and opening prayer
2:15p - Student paper presentation
2:45p - Panel discussion
3:45p - Break
4:00p - Keynote presentation