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.

If your inbox is anything like mine, it seems that faith and science topics are getting more ‘air’ time as of late. Weekly there is a new Zoom conference and the opportunity to learn more about what scholars are thinking when it comes to the public perception of religion and science.

Thomas Jay Oord this month outlines how he has come to view that famous phrase “The medium is the message.”  Of course that statement he asserts is only partly true and as he assembled a group of theologians and philosophers to opine on social media. While the book was originally released in 2017, the timing couldn’t be better to revisit this idea.

We know though that the medium does drive much of what ideas we are absorbing these ideas. While kids are often told to limit their screen time, the adults are spending a lot more time streaming videos on multiple devices throughout the day. 

Knowing that many are simply not able to set time aside to participate in video conferences, we took the liberty of curating an initial list of what we found to be some of the more interesting discussions to be found online since the pandemic began. There are hundreds more to be sure. 

Don’t miss the upcoming free events, however, as Senior Astrophysicist Jennifer Wiseman will discuss her view of a “Universe of Awe, Challenge and Inspiration” on November 15.

See you in the Zoomverse!

Susan Barreto, Editor

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