How SCIENCE Can Strengthen the FAITH of Your CHURCH

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Rice University

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Houston, TX 77005

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The Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP) at Rice University is hosting How SCIENCE Can Strengthen the FAITH of Your CHURCH, a free conference focused on the relationship between Christianity and science—how each shapes and challenges the other. This one-day conference will include keynote headliners Elaine Howard Ecklund, RPLP director and professor of sociology at Rice University; Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Theological Seminary; and Praveen Sethupathy, professor of biomedical sciences at Cornell University.

We invite you to join us on June 5, 2020 for a public conversation informed by cutting-edge research data and impactful stories. Come expand your understanding and be in conversation with pastors, scientists, theologians, and others.

In addition to plenary remarks on Christianity and science in today’s world, break-out sessions will provide practical information and tools for pastors and lay leaders to help them bridge divides between science and faith and scientific and faith communities. Topics to be addressed include, among others: engaging youth about science; race, social justice, and science; and human origins and human uniqueness.

The conference will be preceded by the release of Elaine Howard Ecklund's forthcoming book, Why Science and Faith Need Each Other: Eight Shared Values That Move Us beyond Fear, which will be published by Brazos Press in May 2020. Conference attendees will receive a free copy of the book with their registration.

This event is made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton Religion Trust (TRT0191, Elaine Howard Ecklund PI).


The conference will be held on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas on June 5, 2020 from 8:00am to 5:30pm. All plenary and break-out sessions will be held in the Grand Hall located on the first floor of the Rice Memorial Center (RMC) building, which is also known as the Ley Student Center. Breakfast and lunch are included with your registration.


April 5, 2020


This educational event qualifies for 8 continuing education contact hours with the Association for Professional Chaplains.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact RPLP program manager Hayley Hemstreet at or 713-348-3974.

Will food be provided?

Yes, breakfast and lunch will be provided at the conference, with vegetarian friendly options.

What are my parking options for the event?

Parking is available on campus in any visitor lot. Please note that visitor parking on campus requires payment with credit card. Go to the Rice parking website for general information, or find information on daily parking rates here.

Recommended lots include:

  • North Annex Lot

  • Central Campus Garage

  • Greenbriar Lot

Visit the RMC parking map or the Rice University campus map for building and visitor parking locations on campus.

For more information on getting to the campus itself, find information on the Rice University website here.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. RPLP staff will ask for your name at check-in, and you will be granted entry into the conference and will be provided with your meal tickets.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Anyone planning to attend the conference must register under their name.

Is there wifi on campus?

Wireless connections are available on Rice University's campus for visitors. Rice Visitor is an open, unencrypted network that requires web-browser acceptance of Rice University’s Appropriate Use Policy

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