Fully Alive: Flourishing at the Intersection of Faith and Science

July 14-17 (Thursday-Sunday)

A generation ago, the most prominent voice of our culture telling us what it meant to be human was that of the philosopher and theologian. Today, scientists tell us who we are and how to live well. Elaine Howard Ecklund and Keith Meador will address some of the prevailing scientific and theological understandings of the human person and suggest how those ideas can inform our responses to major topics such as illness, suffering, and ultimately human flourishing. Based on their extensive work examining the religious views of scientists (Ecklund) and the relationship between theology and medicine (Meador), they will share how they have been changed personally and vocationally as a result of their research, then propose fresh ways for thinking about the inevitable disappointments and losses that we all experience.


Keith Meador
Dr. Meador is Professor of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine as well as Professor in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. His scholarship includes theological and conceptual exploration of the intersections of theology and health along with empirical research in practices of caring and the health of faith communities and clergy. He served as the Director of Theology and Medicine for ten years and served as a Senior Fellow in Theology and Health at Duke Divinity School prior to becoming the founding Co-Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center. Click here for more information.

Elaine Howard Ecklund
Elaine Howard Ecklund became a professor in the Sociology Department at Rice University, Houston, Texas, in 2008, where she is also a Rice scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the Program on Religion and Public Life at the Institute for Urban Research. Ecklund’s research explores mechanisms of institutional change. Specifically, she is interested in how individuals develop cognitive schema—ways of interpreting the world—that are at odds with institutions that constrain them. She then examines how individuals use such frameworks to bring changes to these larger institutions. Her current research includes Religion among Academic Scientists (RAAS), a national study on religion and spirituality among scientists at elite research universities, the first study in over twenty years to systematically gather data on this topic. Ecklund’s work has appeared in numerous scholarly outlets including the Annual Review of Sociology, Social Forces, and American Behavioral Scientist. Elaine Howard Ecklund’s second book, Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think was published by Oxford University Press in May, 2010. Click here to view articles by Ecklund.


Charles Webb
Pianist, Dean Emeritus, Indiana University School of Music; Bloomington, IN.
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Esther Kim
Esther Kim was born in Southern California. Her passion for the violin emerged when she began studying music at the age of five. At the age of ten, she attended the Juilliard School of Music. Winner of several international violin competitions, Esther is currently studying music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
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Jill Stover and Carolyn Winkler
Yarns in the Farms; Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.
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Janel Pahl
Photographer; Santa Ana, California.
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Standard: $405
Black Bluff: $480

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