Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.

The Center for Theology and Natural Sciences at the Graduate Theological Union is planning a virtual event featuring the work of Russell Fellow Dr. Kirk Wegter-McNelly, who is a theologian whose work focuses on the implications of contemporary physics for our understanding of humanity, the cosmos and God.

On September 22, 5 p.m. PDT the group is holding its Russell Family Research Fellow’s Public Forum on the topic of “A Strigilated Universe: The Cosmogonic Significance of Primordial Gravitation Radiation.”

He is the author of The Entangled God: Divine Relationality and Quantum Physics (Routledge, 2011) and co-editor of two volumes: Quantum Mechanics: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action (VO/CTNS, 2002) and Science and the Spiritual Quest: New Essays by Leading Scientists (Routledge, 2002).

The presentation will look at gravitational waves, which were detected in 2015 for the first time, and what that means for our view of the earliest moments of our universe. Wegter-McNelly will discuss the tension in the construction of theories of the early universe that sheds light on the challenge of doing physics on the whole.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Those interested in attending should email Matt Hartman, mhartman@gtu.edu.

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