National Conference

Thirty-first Annual National Conference

Science, Faith, and the Common Good

Boston College, Boston, MA

October 8-10, 2021


At this year’s Lilly Fellows National Conference, we will come together to explore the fruitful ways in which science and religious faith can mutually enrich one another. Although there has been a long history of animosities between science and religion, in this conference we will hearken to voices witnessing to their compatibility and cooperation. We will ponder how this reinvigorated conversation and cooperation can benefit the common good of humankind – what Pope Francis called “care for our common home.”

This theme is most appropriate, as the Lilly Fellows Program has begun a new stage of its mission. Branching outward from many years of conversations focused on the humanities and arts, the Lilly Fellows Program is now developing new models for integrating faith, higher learning and research in the fields of the natural sciences, social sciences and professional disciplines through its Faculty Fellows Program.

At the same time, Boston College has inaugurated its Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, using science and technology to search for solutions to society’s most pressing challenges, while educating the next generation of science leaders in the areas of energy, health and the environment. These are the goals of its new interdisciplinary initiatives and undergraduate majors in “Global Public Health and the Common Good,” and “Human Centered Engineering.”

Plenary speakers:

Stephen Barr, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware
Thea James, Vice President of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Harvard University and Boston Medical Center
Nancy Murphy, Senior Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary

For more information, go to bc.edu/lillyfellows. Registration will open in May 2021!
To download a flyer, click here.
For Information on Previous National Conferences, Click here.

Future National Conferences

2022 - Lipscomb University
Nashville, TN
October 28-30, 2022

2023 - St. Mary's University
San Antonio, TX
October 2023

 

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February LFP Update

The Current LFP Update for February 2021 is now available. Click here.


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Click Here to Register for the 2021 Lilly Network Virtual Consultation for Senior Administrators, March 23, 2021, 2:00 to 3:00 PM Central.


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Save the date! Azusa Pacific University will host an online regional conference, Reckoning and Reimagining: Envisioning a Faithful Presence on May 26-27, 2021. This diverse, interdisciplinary conference will offer insights, theory, and research for reimagining the liberal arts and a robust response to the global enduring impacts of COVID-19 related to health, justice, politics, and the economy. Click here for more information.


Announcing the 2021 LFP Book Award

We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 LFP Book Award. Please nominate books that exemplifies the central ideas animating the LFP by March 1, 2021. See here for more information.


Announcing the winner of the 2020 Arlin G. Meyer Prize

We are pleased to announce that Stephen Heyde of Baylor University has won the 2020 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in the Performing Arts for Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2. For more information and to hear the piece performed, please see our official announcement.


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In their second edition of Leading Lives That Matter, editors Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass compile a wide range of texts—from ancient and contemporary literature, social commentary, and philosophy—related to questions of vital interest for those who are trying to decide what to do with their lives and what kind of human beings they hope to become. Leading Lives that Matter has been an important text in many of our fellowship and grant programs, and it contains excellent resources. Click here for more information and an excerpt.


Lilly Network of Church- Related Colleges and Universities

If you are interested in learning more about membership in the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, please contact us here.