Lutheran campus ministry to hold public dialogue on energy, water and faith
Ashlynn Stillwell/Credit: Cockrell School, [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Campus Center in Champaign, Illinois will host Dr. Ashlynn Stillwell, Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, as part of its bi-annual Rheticus Forum discussion on faith and science, April 23 at 7 p.m.

The theme of the discussion is “Power in the Water: Perspectives on Energy, Water and Faith.” Dr. Stillwell will share her perspectives on energy and water resources, and the role of faith communities in advancing sustainable solutions.

“There’s comfort in the pursuit of knowledge, in the science and engineering community, but there’s also a lot of comfort in the sense of wonder that comes from thinking on, praying on, meditating on, the infinite that we experience through religion,” says Stillwell in a video created in collaboration with Sinai and Synapses, where she is a fellow.

Stillwell is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a member of the Water Resources Engineering and Science faculty. 

She is also among the faculty in the Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability program. Dr. Stillwell teaches courses on water resources engineering, energy and global environment, and water policy.  Her signature course, “Water Technology & Policy,” synthesizes engineering and policy content pertaining to water in an interdisciplinary educational setting, focusing on both technical concepts and communication.  

Dr. Stillwell also serves on the Faith in Place Board of Directors where she combines her professional interests in energy and water resources with her personal interest in fostering interfaith dialogue and environmental stewardship. She is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Urbana, and lives in Champaign with her husband and two sons.

The Rheticus Conversations were established in 2010 as a public lecture and discussion series focused on the integration of faith and science. It is sponsored by St. Andrew’s Church/Lutheran Campus Center. The group’s vision is to provide a platform for extraordinary leaders in science and religion to share how God and science is present within their work and study as well as providing clarity on the challenges of faith and science integration.


Susan Barreto


Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.

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