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Brain Matters: Faith and Neuroscience in Dialogue

October 24, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm


About Brain Matters:

The Psalmist proclaims that human beings are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) We continue to marvel at the beautiful complexities of the human brain as we contemplate the deep questions of life. And yet, we are not merely “thinking beings.” We are embodied creatures operating within an interconnected web of thoughts, desires, actions, and social relationships.

How do we draw meaning from mystery?

Drawing from experts in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and faith formation, we’ll be exploring how faith and science are vital conversation partners in the journey of discovery of who we are, how we make moral choices, and how we can work together for the flourishing of our world – one of increased humility, empathy, and compassion.

Event Schedule:

Session 1: 10:30am-12pm
Empathy, Self, Other: Models of Minds Formed in Exemplary Community
Plenary session and panel dialogue

Lunch: 12pm-1:30pm (Lunch included with registration)

Session 2: 1:30pm-3:00pm
Abrahamic Mindfulness and Neuroscience: Studies of Prayer and Compassionate Action
Plenary session and panel dialogue

Questions? Contact Derek Davis at [email protected] or 816.268.5413.

Facebook_LivePlenary sessions will be live-streamed on the NTS Facebook Page.

Note: An additional event is being planned Thursday evening – Friday for those interested in continuing dialogue on the topic of faith and science initiatives moving forward. Dr. Spezio will be present as well. Interested? Contact Derek Davis at [email protected] or 816.268.5413.

Plenary Speaker

Michael Spezio

Dr. Michael Spezio
Associate Professor of Psychology
Scripps College

AAASlogoSponsored by a generous grant from the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Judi Schwanz

Josh Sweeden

Jordan Mantha

Steve McCormick

LeeAnn Couts


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