Smiles all around last April at the 2013 Ecumenical Roundtable on Science, Technology, and the Church (ERT) convened at Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey. This annual meeting brings together scientists and theologians who participate in faith/science dialogues within a number of major denominations. Presbyterians (PCUSA) hosted the ERT in 2013, with attending groups including Episcopalians, Lutherans (ELCA), Methodists, and United Church of Christ members.
The ERT provides a rare opportunity for face-to-face planning sessions within each denominational group. As an example, the Lutheran Alliance used the time to plan for additions to our website, discuss future contributions to our on-line publication <i>Covalence</i>, and finalize a fund-raising effort. In addition the ERT devotes much of the meeting time to joint sessions with all denominational groups in attendance. These sessions include worship, thematic presentations, and critical communication between groups regarding past, current, and future plans − not the least of which is learning what works in congregational settings and what does not!
Next May, the Episcopalians will be hosting the 2014 ERT at their retreat center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Besides beautiful views of the Wasatch Mountains, we look forward to seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and – most importantly – getting down to some detailed planning to bring Christian faith to a scientific world and science to a faithful body of Christ.