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Hyde Park Religion and Science Society wins $10,000 grant

Posted Jun 26, 2007

The Hyde Park Religion and Science Society received a $10,000 grant from the Metanexus Institute Local Societies Initiative earlier this month. It was one of two organizations in the United States to receive supplemental grants, which provide funding to local religion and science societies that have proved "particularly innovative, creative, and effective in their efforts to engage in and promote the religion and science dialogue."

The Hyde Park Religion and Science Society is a student society 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 grant and matching funds given by 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 and the University of Chicago who also work as pastors, teachers, and research scientists.

The Hyde Park Society's goal is to encourage and equip young scholars of religion and science toward making a future impact on academic teaching and education among religious communities. The society has co-sponsored events such as "Partnering in Prevention and Care: An HIV/AIDS Workshop for Medical & Religious Professionals" and invited prominent guest speakers to LSTC. This year, it sponsored or co-sponsored eight lectures and provided scholarships for graduate students to participate in 33 academic conferences.

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

The Metanexus Local Societies Initiative provides grants to fund dialogue groups exploring the dynamic interface between religion and science. While focused on colleges, universities and seminaries, the program also welcomes applications from a wide spectrum of interested parties in other venues worldwide.

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.

Contact:

Christina Heisser
Executive Coordinator
Zygon Center for Religion and Science
(773) 256-0670
zcrs@lstc.edu

Jan Boden
Director of Communications
773-256-0744
jboden@lstc.edu

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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