We had two keynoters for the conference. The first was Dr. Stuart Hameroff, Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychology, and Director of the Center for Consciousness Study at the University of Arizona in Tucson ... and frankly the very tippy-top of my brain occasionally brushed the bottom of what he was talking about as he "unwrapped" quantum physics toward finding connections between science and the soul.
Facinating stuff ... in theory. And I was really, really grateful that I seem to have some really smart colleagues who were doing a better job than I was at integrating what he had to say.
Then there was Joan Roughgarden, a professor of biological sciences and geophysics at Stanford University, who led us through an exploration of biology and theology and what turn out to be some facinating connections between what the Bible tells us about the "whys" of creation and what Biology theorizes about the "hows." (I even bought her book ... Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist ... so I'll be smarter about this part pretty soon!)
The Reverend Michael Battle -- currently Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at VTS and a long time friend of this diocese. We are just thrilled to be welcoming him "home" to Los Angeles and look forward to the opportunity to work with him, particularly around areas of peacemaking and nonviolence.
All in all a very satisfactory first-half-of-a-week ... and now I "board up" to get ready to fly out tomorrow for meetings in Ft. Worth for the rest of the week. The CTB (Claiming the Blessing) Steering Committee will be meeting in that fair city this week and prayers are invited for safe travel for our committee members and for the work we will do together in the days ahead!