Faith, Science and the Church’s Voices

October 14–15, 2014

tippleWhat are the issues facing congregations when they have the courage to grapple with the intersections of faith and science? What shape would teaching, preaching and conversation take when addressing end of life, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, creationism versus evolutionism, the Bible, public theology and environmental justice?

Historically, a critical tension in church circles has centered around the often seeming conflicts between scientific understandings and doctrinal beliefs. We live in a world where scientific developments and innovations meet our everyday lives at levels unfathomable in previous decades.

This year’s Tipple-Vosburgh series invites experts from various scientific, academic, public health, nonprofit and church arenas into conversation together to explore both the points of contrast and of synergy between scientific evidence and faith traditions present in various practices of ministry: pastoral care, teaching, preaching and mission. They will also encourage us to engage the advances and innovations that are redefining the limits of what it means to be human, what is mentally, physically and spiritually healthy, and, at its most basic, what is our place in the universe as our concepts of time, place and people rapidly expands.

In order to invite deeper discussion and interaction, this year’s event is organized as a series of forums rather than lectures, allowing participants to be actively engaged in the dialogue. Join us for this exciting and interactive series.

Forum Topics and Speakers

  • Reproductive Health Kate Ott, Assistant Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Drew Theological School; Mariah Britton, CEO & Founder, Mariah Institute
  • End of life Issues/Dealing with Chronic Illness Abigail Rian Evans, Senior Scholar-in Residence, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics and Adjunct Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Georgetown University; Sharon Burniston, Palliative Care Chaplain, Overlook Hospital
  • Bible/Public Theology Dale Andrews, Distinguished Professor of Homiletics, Social Justice and Practical Theology, Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University; Carolyn Johnson, Director, Diversity Resource Office, Purdue University
  • HIV/AIDS Cheryl Anderson, Professor of Old Testament, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary;  Jae Quinlan, Minister, Unity Fellowship Church, Newark, N.J.
  • Teaching Science in the Classroom/Congregations: Creation vs. Evolution Joe Monahan, Pastor, Medford, N.J., UMC; David Fewell, Biology Teacher, Mountain Lakes (N.J.) High School
  • Preaching Gerald Liu, Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Worship Arts, Drew Theological School; Michael Sniffen, Adjunct Instructor, Drew Theological School
  • Environmental Justice Laurel Kearns, Associate Professor of the Sociology of Religion and Environmental Studies, Drew  Theological School; Jea Sophia Oh, Adjunct Instructor, Drew Theological School
  • Bible Study: Kenneth Ngwa Preachers Kenneth Ngwa, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Drew Theological School


  • Althea Spencer-Miller, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Drew Theological School
  • Arthur Pressley, Associate Professor of Psychology and Religion, Drew Theological School