Interfaith Conference, Pennsylvania, May 31: "Perspectives on Altruism"
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SCIENTIFIC AND RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES ON ALTRUISM
An International, Interfaith, and Interdisciplinary Conference
Villanova University, Villanova, PA, USA
May 31 through June 5, 2003
Unselfish love for all humanity is the most important point of convergence shared by the world's great spiritual traditions. We marvel at the ways and power of love and find in it the best hope for a far better human future. People from all walks of life, often those disadvantaged themselves, excel in loving kindness, not just for their nearest and dearest, but also as volunteers and advocates on behalf of the stranger. How do our complex brains, unique imaginations, communicative abilities, reasoning powers, moral sense, and spiritual and religious promptings give rise to this remarkable yet not at all uncommon practice of unselfish love for our neighbors, or for those we do not even know? If we could answer this question and harness the extraordinary power of love, the world might well erupt into hope.
Deadline March 15, 2003 We are seeking papers that address the conference themes listed below. Interested and qualified scholars from a variety of academic disciplines are invited to submit proposals by March 15, 2003. Those whose papers are accepted will receive conference registration, room and board. Paper presentations including Q & A will be allotted 30 minutes each.
- Peter L. Benson, President, Search Institute
- Jack Berry, The Marriage Assessment, Treatment and Enrichment Center, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Arthur Caplan, Center fort Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
- John DiIulio, Center for Research on Religion & Urban Civil Society, University of Pennsylvania
- Michael Edwards, Director, Government & Civil Society, Peace and Justice Program, Ford Foundation
- Greg Fricchione, Director, Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Dan Gottlieb, Host of "Voices in the Family", 91FM WHYY public radio
- Fr. Lyndon Harris, St. Paul's Chapel at "Ground Zero" and General Theological Seminary
- Vincent Jeffries, Sociology, California State University Northridge
- Byron Johnson, Center for Research on Religion & Urban Civil Society University of Pennsylvania
- Ursula King, Theology, University of Bristol
- Harold Koenig, Center for Religion Spirituality and Health, Duke University Medical Center
- Thomas Lewis, Religion, Ethics and Politics, University of Iowa
- Michael McCullough, Psychology, University of Miami
- Stephen G. Post, Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, Case Western Reserve University
- Allen M. Omoto, Behavioral Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University
- Orien Reid, WCAU-TV News Reporter and past president and Chair of the National Alzheimer's Association
- Eugene Rivers, National TenPoint Leadership Foundation
- Holmes Rolston, Philosophy, Colorado State University
- Jeffrey Schloss, Biology, Westmont College
- Bouthaina Shaaban, English Literature, Damascus University, Media - Foreign Ministry, president of Arab Writers Union
- Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, The Institute for Jewish Studies in the C.I.S.
- Jim Towey, Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, White House
- Lynn Underwood, Fetzer Institute
- David Sloan Wilson, Biology, State University of New York, Harpur College
Please go to the conference Web site at www.metanexus.net/conference2003 for more complete descriptions of conference themes and details for the submission of proposals.
We are seeking individuals and organizations to sponsor this exciting conference at a contribution level of $1,000 or more. Sponsors will be listed in conference publicity and are entitled to one daytime registration, and meals. Organizational sponsors will also receive display space in the exhibit and literature area. If you need additional information on how to help in sponsoring this event, please contact Dr. William Grassie, Ph.D., Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Faith Active in Love: Lives of Compassionate Love
Scientific and theological interpretations of remarkable lives exemplifying love for all humanity
- Unlimited Love and Human Nature: The Problem of Inter-Group Conflict
To what extent is the substrate of human nature receptive to the ideal of love for all humanity? Drawing on evolutionary biology, how does human nature resist this ideal?
- The Healing Power of Love: Healthful Compassion
To what extent does the giving of compassionate love and generous service impact the agent with regard to morbidity and mortality? How does this impact the recipient health and therapeutic efficacy?
- The Biology of Compassionate Love: Evolutionary, Physiological, and Neurological Correlates
How can compassionate love be understood in the light of neurology, endocrinology, genetics, and immunology?
- The Psychology of Compassionate Love What psychology models help to explain the experience of compassionate love and help to explain its key features?
- The Sociological Study of Faith-Based Communities and their Activities in Relation to the Spiritual Ideal of Unlimited Love Are volunteerism, social capital, and civility enhanced by faith in divine love? Are faith-based organizations more effective than secular ones in enhancing and sustaining "works of love"?
- The Emergence and Impact of Helping Behavior in Young People
How does generosity and service emerge in the lives of young people? How does such experience shape the long-term aspects of their lives?
- The Science and Spirituality of Family Care-giving
There are hundreds of millions of family caregivers across the globe, tending to loved ones with cognitive, physical, and other disabilities. How do spirituality and the ideal of love help to sustain such caregivers, and those they care for?
- Compassionate Love, the Analogical Imagination, and the Science of Creative Genius
Creative geniuses have often attempted to express the ineffable reality of Unlimited Love in music, art, poetry, and prose (including theology). How can we better understand this human desire to express the ideal of pure love?
- Spiritual Transformation: Love and the Fruits of the Spirit
What is the relationship between positive spiritual transformation and Unlimited Love? How is the perception of such love captured in the experience of spiritual transformation?
- Science, Religion, and the Metaphysics of Love
People of all great religious tradition view Unlimited Love as a core aspect of the divine. Is there a scientific basis for this perennial assumption? Can it be clarified in the light of the sciences?
THE WORKS OF LOVE CONFERENCE IS HOSTED BY:
Institute for Research on Unlimited Love (IRUL)
www.metanexus.net in collaboration with www.columbia.edu/cu/cssr at the University of Pennsylvania www.crrucs.org www.fetzer.org www.wtgrantfoundation.org John Templeton Foundation www.templeton.org conference sponsors
American Teilhard Association
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