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Antje Jackelen to be inaugurated as Zygon Center director

Posted Apr 2, 2003

Dr. Antje Jackelen, assistant professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) will be inaugurated as the director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (ZCRS) during a two-day symposium, Thursday-Friday, May 1-2. She takes over from Dr. Philip Hefner who is retiring after serving as the center's director since its founding in 1988. Hefner, who was on the LSTC faculty since it began operating in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood in 1967, retired as professor of systematic theology in 2001.

The symposium theme, "Religion and Science: The Questions That Shape Our Future," will bring together scientists and theologians to speak on the future of science and religion dialogue. It opens at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, with a reception in the Sky Pavilion at the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. At the planetarium, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy an interactive sky show before the keynote address at 7:30 p.m. The address, "What Must We Accomplish in the Coming Decades," will be given by Mihaly Csikszentmihjalyi, the Davidson professor of psychology and director of the Quality of Life Research Center at the Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif.

On Friday, May 2, the symposium will be held on the Seminary's campus, 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The Friday lecture schedule follows.

8:30-9:30 a.m What are Future Generations Asking of Us?
Mary Evelyn Tucker, professor of history of religions and Asian studies at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa., and coordinator of Forum on Religion and Ecology
10-11 a.m. Where to Look for Guidance? Past Traditions, Present Science, Future Consequences?
Willem Drees, chair in philosophy of religion, ethics, and encyclopedia of religion in the department of theology, University of Leiden, the Netherlands
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m Emergence, Transcendence and Religious Naturalism
Ursula Goodenough, professor of biology, Washington University, St. Louis
2-3 p.m.  Challenging the Past, Grasping the Future
Antje Jackelen and Philip Hefner
3:30-4:40 p.m. Panel Discussion: Writing the Agenda
Moderator: Ann Pederson, associate professor of religion, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Panelists: Ian Barbour, professor emeritus, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.
V.V. Raman, professor emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.
Vitor Westhelle, professor of systematic theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Grace Wolf-Chase, research scientist, department of astronomy and astrophysics, University of Chicago, and astronomer at the Adler Planetarium
5-6 p.m The End of All Our Exploring in Science and Theology
Arthur Peacocke, Warden emeritus, Society of Ordained Scientists, and The Honorable Chaplain and Honorable Canon, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England

For more information and to register, please contact the Zygon Center at (773) 256-0670, e-mail:


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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