Today: Jun 14, 2024

What if? Then what? – Discover possibilities with Faith & Science

3 months ago


  • Faith leaders and scientists recently met on the topic of genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Discussions centered around stem cells, theological attention to genetics, and the potential for further dialogue between faith leaders and scientists.

More than a decade after grappling with the rapid changes in human genomics, faith leaders and scientists gathered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to discuss the ongoing discoveries and implications of genomics. The dialogue touched on topics such as stem cells, the theological implications of genetic sciences, and the potential for continued collaboration between faith leaders and scientists. While there were moments of discomfort and differing perspectives, the overall consensus was that progress and understanding could be achieved through continued dialogue and exploration.

The ELCA Social Statement on Genetics from 2011 was referenced, emphasizing the need for theological attention and pastora care in the face of advances in genetic sciences. The meeting highlighted the importance of building bridges between faith communities and scientific research, acknowledging the potential benefits and challenges that arise from these collaborations. Moving forward, there is a sense of curiosity and a desire for further discussions to continue shaping the intersection of faith, science, and technology.