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 Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science and Ethics is exploring new vistas this summer welcoming high-school age students to look at technology and faith in our era of filters, influencers and fake news.

“Who Am I? Media, Technology, and Me” will take place the week of June 19 on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus University in St. Peter, Minnesota that will be at 50% capacity and observing all the relevant COVID-19 guidelines. Registration and scholarship information for the summer academy can be found at

The unique opportunity for students to discuss important theological questions related to faith and science have been extended following an initial grant from the Lilly Endowment in 2015. Lilly extended the grant through 2022 and topics have included climate change, ethics of cancer and issues related to food and the microbiome.

The curriculum is intended to help student fellows speak more confidently about their values, faith commitments, and ethical concerns. Students read a range of biblical and theological texts. The program allows for interaction with visiting theologians and scientists who lead the Academy’s daily sessions. Gustavus students also serve as mentors and past Academy participants return as senior fellows. These college and high school students are trained for their leadership roles in the weeks leading up to the summer intensive.

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