2011, Our First Venture: Science and Spirituality in Contemporary Society

In partnership with the No Limits Program at the College of Extended Learning and Renaissance College, the Andrews Initiative embarked on an ambitious exploration of Science and Spirituality in 2011. 

We offered the course Science and Religion: Understanding through Dialogue, which was taught by John Valk, Associate Professor of Worldview Studies at Renaissance College, every Wednesday from January 5 to April 6, 2011 both in the classroom in Fredericton and online.

Both undergraduates and mature learners participated in the class, examining the concepts, clashes, fault lines and points of intersection between Science and Religion. The 13-week non-denominational program included dialogue and discussion, thought-provoking readings and special speakers, including the internationally known author and philosopher of science, Michael Ruse

The distinguished Dr. Ruse spent a week at UNB, starting February 21. In addition to meeting with the Science and Religion class, he made several public presentations including the prestigious Desmond Pacey Memorial Lecture. in Fredericton and Saint John.

Retired UNB historian R. Steven Turner served as an advisor to the Science and Spirituality theme of the Andrews Initiative.