What better way to spend eight hours on a Saturday than to experience college! That’s what nine of our Meteors did on Saturday Jan 21.
Showing a passion to learn more about the intersection of science and faith, we traveled to University of St. Mary of the Lake (formerly Mundelein Seminary) to attend the 2nd annual Lumen Christi Institute Newman Forum.
This year’s conference focused on Science, Science Fiction, and God. All students attended a key-note presentation by Williams College professor James Nolan on the Manhattan Project and the parallels between Shelly’s Frankenstein monster and Oppenheimer’s atomic bomb (with previews of new movie being released in February on Oppenheimer).
Then students attended breakout sessions where they could choose between topics such as:
- Seeds of Life: Creation, Evolution and the Bible
- Time Travel: What Does Science Say?
- Speed vs. Spirit: C.S. Lewis’s Unlikely Heroes in “That Hideous Strength”
- Reality, Virtual Reality, and Catholic Reality
- What Would We Do If We Discovered Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life?
- Scrupulosity: Mental Illness Meets Religion
- Heroes, Saints, and Star Wars
- Christ-Centered Living to Prioritize Conservation in a Throw-Away Society
- Mars Attacks! H.G. Wells and the Signature of Apocalypse
- Persons Divine, Created, and Artificial: On Living Humanely with Sociable AI
Throughout the day our group got to interact with world-famous scientists and professors from many of the nation’s top universities.
Although the delicious free lunch in the University’s cafeteria may have been their favorite part of the day, experiencing college level presentations that related Catholic faith to everyday life made for great memories.