How can science be a bridge across different worlds — especially religious traditions? That’s the mission of the Sinai and Synapses Fellowship, a select interfaith group of clergy, scientists and writers who are committed to elevating the discourse surrounding religion and science. With 17 current Fellows and 22 alumni, the Fellows all have an interest in both science and religion, as well as a professional / academic background in one or the other.

This session of the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto will feature three of our Fellows who are models for productive conversations, with  a specific focus on their environmental work.

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman is the Founding Director of Sinai and Synapses, an organization that bridges the scientific and religious worlds, and is being incubated at Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.

Myriam Renaud is the Principal Investigator and Project Director for the Global Ethic Project of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Dr. Gregory I. Simpson brings with him over 25 years of experience building awareness and building programs that disrupt the religion and science divide.

Dr. Ashlynn S. Stillwell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering faculty, and also among the faculty in the Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability program.