The Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum kicked off this month (June 5) with a discussion of galactic proportions exploring the potential for finding extraterrestrial life and its implications for faith with physicist Charles Keller, who studied as astrophysics after a brief early stint in seminary.

The 2024 season runs through August 6, hosting speakers from across the U.S. on a variety of topics. Each session begins at 6 p.m. MDT with a light meal for those in person at the SALA Event Center in Los Alamos, N.M. There is also a Zoom option for those who are unable to attend in person that can be accessed via the group’s website.

According to the group, presentations are free and open to the public. The lectures will be held every Tuesday.

On June 18, there is then a discussion on antisemitism and anti-science attitudes from Jack Shlachter, who is a physicist who worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for over thirty years with much briefer stints at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, the Atomic Energy Agency, and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, the latter two based in Vienna, Austria.  In parallel, he was ordained as a rabbi in 1995.  

On June 25, events surround the Israelite Exodus from Egypt with Steven Collins, who is among the world’s foremost biblical archaeologists. He is director of the School of Archaeology at Veritas International University and serves as Consulting Research Professor in the College of Archaeology, Trinity Southwest University.

Then later, on July 23, the group will learn from Dr. Andrew Newberg what brain imaging tells us about the spiritual mind. Newberg is the director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health and a physician at Jefferson University Hospital and is well known for his work researching neuroscience and faith.

Susan Barreto
Susan Barreto

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.

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