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Mercy, San Francisco, teachers explore science and religion

August 17, 2017

Two teachers from Mercy High School in San Francisco recently participated in a Science & Religion Seminar, an initiative of the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Lindsay Anderson and Kevin Pease represented the Archdiocese of San Francisco at the  seminar June 18-23. In lectures and workshops, they worked with leading researchers, as well as other educators selected from 25 Catholic high schools across the nation. They collaborated on innovative plans to explore with students the dialogue connecting science and religion courses. The leading researchers included Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory.

The initiative assists schools in deepening the collaboration among teachers and principals. Selected from about 120 Catholic schools that applied for this summer’s introductory Foundations Seminar, the team from Mercy High School joined with other participants to better understand the coherent pursuit of truth that spans different high school subjects, the leaders of the initiative said.

Twin sessions of the seminar, one held on the Notre Dame campus and one in New Orleans, prepared educators to return to their schools this fall as advocates among their colleagues, ready to implement new lesson plans. Participants heard experts in biology, chemistry, physics and theology shed new light on the compatibility of modern science and the Catholic faith.

The McGrath Institute’s Science & Religion Initiative, now in its fourth year, is funded by a grant from the Templeton Foundation. The initiative also supports Capstone Seminars, where alumni of the preliminary workshops apply their insights to current topics, and Institute Days offered in dioceses nationwide to help schools design professional development programs for an entire faculty.

The McGrath Institute is now accepting Catholic high schools’ applications for the 2018 Foundations Seminars, as well as inquiries about Capstone Seminars and Institute Days. Visit http://icl.nd.edu/seminar2018 for information. Contact Bill Schmitt, (574) 276-0340, billgerards@gmail.com.

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