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Hyde Park Religion and Science Society receives $45,000 award

Posted Apr 8, 2008

The Hyde Park Religion and Science Society, the student society of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, was awarded a $45,000 Metanexus Global Network Initiative Continuation Program gift from the Metanexus Institute in March 2008.  The award supports a series of five student scholarship symposia to be organized by the Zygon Center and the Hyde Park Society and hosted by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  At the symposia students from throughout the region will present and discuss their original research papers in religion and science.  The first symposium, scheduled for spring 2009, will address the topic of science and spirituality.

"The Hyde Park Society creates opportunities for student-centered academic discussions and to build skills in research and teaching.  We are excited that this gift allows us to include more participants in these activities," said Zygon Center director Gayle Woloschak.  "We anticipate that these student symposia will be spaces for animated interdisciplinary conversations among the next generation of scholars in religion and science."

The student symposium project builds on the goals of the Hyde Park Religion and Science Society (HPRSS), which encourages and equips young scholars to contribute to the field of religion and science, through academic teaching and scholarship and/or through dialogue within religious communities.  The HPRSS is jointly sponsored by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (ZCRS).  It was founded in 2004 with a Metanexus Local Societies Initiative award and matching funds from LSTC.  The society invites students in all disciplines from the Hyde Park theological schools and the University of Chicago to become members.  Current members include students at LSTC, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Chicago. 

For more information, or to learn more about the Hyde Park Religion and Science Society, contact Zygon Center for Religion and Science or 773-256-0670.

The Metanexus Global Network is an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, international network dedicated to discovering and applying transdisciplinary approaches to the most profound questions of life, the cosmos, and humanity.  Continuation Program awards fund organizational and program costs for locally-acting, globally-networked transdisciplinary "metanexus groups" dedicated to engaging with these "big questions."  The gifts support open and dynamic, transdisciplinary exploration and research with the aim of discovering new scientific and spiritual insights.  For more about the Metanexus Institute, visit

The Zygon Center for Religion and Science was established in 1988 as a partnership program of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science (CASIRAS). It is dedicated to relating religious traditions and the best scientific knowledge in order to gain insight into the origins, nature, and destiny of humans and their environment, and to realize the common goal of a world in which love, justice, and responsible patterns of living prevail.


Christina Heisser
Executive Coordinator
Zygon Center for Religion and Science
(773) 256-0670


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for women and men in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provides resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.

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