Ecumenical Roundtable

The Ecumenical Roundtable on Science, Technology & the Church

The Ecumenical Roundtable (ERT) is an annual meeting of science, technology, and faith committees from across the Church.

2014 Meeting:

Hosted by the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council Committee on Science, Technology and Faith, the 2014 ERT will be held May 7-10, 2014, at the Wasatch Retreat & Conference Center (Episcopal Church Center of Utah, 75 South 200 East Salt Lake City, UT 84111).

This year’s keynote address will be given by the Rev. Dr. Mark Richardson (President & Dean, Church Divinity School of the Pacific).  The talk, titled “Christology, Evolution & the Theological Imagination,” is scheduled for Friday, May 9, 7pm (MDT).  It is free and open to the public.

W. Mark Richardson

Dean Richardson – an Episcopal priest, scholar, lecturer, and theologian who has written extensively on faith, science, and evolution – was previously the founder and director of the Science and Spiritual Quest Project at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (Berkeley, CA), an effort which led to the publication of Science and the Spiritual Quest: New Essays by Leading Scientists (Routledge, 2002).  He as authored, edited, and co-edited several other essays and books including Faith in Science: Scientists Search for Truth (Routledge, 2001), Human and Divine Agency: Anglican, Catholic, and Lutheran Perspectives (University Press of America, 1999), and Religion and Science: History, Method, Dialogue (Routledge, 1996).

Prior to becoming the president and dean of CDSP in 2010, Richardson served in three Episcopal parishes before pursuing a PhD at the Graduate Theological Union.  At GTU, Richardson wrote a thesis on the 1956/57 Gifford Lectures of the English theologian, philosopher, and priest Austin Farrer – one of the leading figures of 20th century Anglicanism.  Richardson subsequently became a Professor of Theology at General Theological Seminary (New York, NY) and Senior Theological Advisor to the Trinity Institute, moderating their annual conference.  He has also served as Chair of the Editorial Committee for the Anglican Theological Review.

An Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow (1990), Richardson received his B.A. in history at the University of Oregon, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in philosophical theology from GTU (Berkeley, CA).

And join us after the keynote address for a casual *Star Party* hosted by Meredith Rawls (member of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council Committee on Science, Technology & Faith, PhD candidate in astronomy at New Mexico State University) with volunteers from the Department of Astronomy at the University of Utah.

Weather permitting, astronomers will be on hand to show you the moon and various planets through a telescope.

Star Party, ~9:00-10:30pm, Wasatch Retreat & Conference Center courtyard.

The Ecumenical Roundtable is an annual gathering of science, technology, and faith committees of several Christian denominations, including Episcopalians (TEC), Lutherans (ELCA), Presbyterians (PCUSA), Congregationalists (UCC), Methodists (UMC), and others.



  • Denominational meetings,
  • Joint presentations and discussions,
  • Guest speakers,
  • Organizing delegation to annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS),
  • Fellowship

Websites and contact persons:

  • Episcopal:, Joseph Wolyniak, joseph.wolyniak at
  • Lutheran:, Susan Barreto, fcreporter at
  • Presbyterian:, Bill McIror, bill at
  • UCC:, Kimberly Whitney, whitneyk at