2019 – Who Is Leading Us

With great excitement and anticipation we announce that Dr. Jennifer J. Wiseman and Professor Ron Cole-Turner will be our keynote speakers for the 2019 Craigville Theological Colloquy on Faith & Science: The Choices We Make.

Dr Jennifer Wiseman

Dr. Wiseman is an astrophysicist who studies the ongoing formation of stars and planets using telescopes on the ground and in space. She also is the Director of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program. She is a public speaker and author, and she remembers attending a retreat at the Craigville Retreat Center when she was undertaking her graduate studies.

Dr Ron Cole-Turner
Rev Dr Ron Cole-Turner

Prof. Cole-Turner holds the H. Parker Sharp Chair in Theology and Ethics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Science and Religion and one of the Co-Chairs of the American Academy of Religion Unit on Human Enhancement and Transhumanism. Ron has served as an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, and he was a keynote speaker for an earlier Craigville Theological Colloquy.

Also speaking will be two long-time participants at the Craigville Colloquy.

Dr. Nelson Hartunian

Dr. Nelson Hartunian, received a BS/MS from Tufts University in Engineering and Applied Physics, and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Brandeis University (Thesis: Mechanism to explain the Solar Corona, why is it a 1000 times hotter than the surface of the sun). He is a founder of Smart Software, currently serving as board chairman and treasurer of SmartCorp. Nelson lives in Craigville Village, and has attended many past colloquies.

Rev. Richard Coleman is a longtime participant of the Colloquy and member of the planning committee. A retired pastor, Richard has a passion for the history and philosophy of science, which has led to the publication of three books on the intersection of Christian theology and science. His latest, State of Affairs: The Science-Theology Controversy, is both a review of the new rapprochement that has taken place of the last fifty years, and a critical reflection of what is right and wrong in contemporary attempts to integrate science with the world of faith and theology. Holding degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Princeton Theological Seminary, and a deep commitment to stay informed about CRISPR and Artificial Intelligence, Richard eagerly anticipates leading a dialogue on Monday evening.