Joint annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation, the Canadian Scientific and Christian Association, and Christians in Science (UK). McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
If you are a student, don’t forget that your registration is free if you are a premier member and only $20 if you are a basic member (membership information). You may also qualify for a scholarship to cover a substantial part of your on-campus costs. If you are not a student but know someone who would be interested, consider sponsoring them and helping them attend.
Thank-you to the American Scientific Affiliation for the email reminder regarding early-bird registration (and its extension from June 15 to 22)! Yes, it’s time for me to work on my registration (and join the 177 others who have already registered). I truly look forward to connecting with some of you at McMaster University. I’m also really excited to increase awareness regarding Tom Ingebritsen’s Christianity & Science ESN Blog Series and his new project: A Little Book for New Scientists: Why and How to Study Science for InterVarsity Press. Pray for us as we prepare a display/”poster” for the exhibit hall to invite those present to become participants in and possibly even writers for ESN’s regular Science and Faith conversation. If you are not attending, but have interest in learning more about these endeavors, please drop me a line. As some of you know, I have very much enjoyed participating in several ASA Annual Mtgs and related gatherings. Click here for audio files and slides of presentations from last year’s mtgs focused on In God’s Image: Celebrating Creativity in Science and Invention, here for a little coverage of last year [including the launch of the Christian Women in Science (CWIS)], and here for ESN blog posts with the ASA tag. If there are particular sessions, topics, and/or interviews, you desire me to explore, please let me know. And yes, I may very well go to both the day ahead with John Walton (Origins Today: Genesis through Ancient Eyes) and the Post-Meeting Academy Regained Conference at Redeemer College (dinner with Al Wolters!). I am trying to work out the logistics.
Addendum In a previous post my friend Edward B. (“Ted”) Davis, Distinguished Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, and former president of the ASA shared the benefits members of ESN receive not only from participation in the Annual Meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation, but more broadly by becoming a member of ASA.
The American Scientific Affiliation (www.asa3.org) is the premier science/faith organization in the Western Hemisphere. We publish a refereed quarterly journal, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, a bi-monthly newsletter, and host a blog only for members. I joined the ASA more than 30 years ago, and it has proved to be the most important professional decision I ever made. Through the ASA (including the years when I was a student) I have met dozens of world-class scientists and scholars who share my Christian faith; through the ASA I learned about most of the best books and article on science & Christianity; and in the ASA I have found wonderful fellowship with believers who understand and appreciate all of the main fields of pure and applied science. The annual meeting is always stimulating, well organized, and just plain fun to attend. Students are especially urged to come, at least to visit for a day, to get a sense of who we are and what we do. If you are a Christian in one of the sciences, this is an organization you want to be part of.
Tom on the bottom line: For over 70 years, the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) has provided excellent resources on the relationship between science and the Christian faith. I truly appreciate this network of Christians in the sciences who foster rich dialog and exchange of ideas through relationships, networking, conferencing, various online platforms, and publications. If you haven’t already done such, I encourage you to swing by their website and Facebook Wall 🙂
Update (6/15, 8:15 am): Early registration extended from 6/15 to 6/22 🙂 Changed title/details of this blog post.
About the author:
Tom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he teaches adult electives and co-leads a small group), among healthcare professionals as the Northeast Regional Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and in higher ed as a volunteer with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). For a number of years, the Christian Medical Society / CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine was the hub of his ministry with CMDA. Note: Tom served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 20+ years, including 6+ years as the Associate Director of ESN. He has written for the ESN blog from its launch in August 2008. He has studied Biology (B.S.), Higher Education (M.A.), Spiritual Direction (Certificate), Spiritual Formation (M.A.R.), Ministry to Emerging Generations (D.Min.). To God be the glory!