The University of Sioux Falls Faith and Science Forum has been made possible through the continued generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Bob and Betty Jo Roberts. It is dedicated to furthering conversation on the interchange between theology and science among USF faculty, students and members of neighboring academic, religious and scientific communities.

Presentations and discussions of selected topics are open to the public and meant to foster dialogue and understanding on such matters as neuroscience, consciousness and the soul; non-materialistic approaches to physics and cosmology, evolution and human origins; climate science, medicine and healthcare; and other issues pertinent to the relationship between theology and the natural sciences.

Previous years have explored History of the Theology/Science Conversation, Theology and the Physical Sciences, Theology and Evolution, Theology and the Self, Christian Ethics and Environmental Stewardship and Theology and Neuroscience. 

2016 Fall Schedule

Creation Groaning: Faithful Responses to Ecological Crises

Tuesday, November 1
Christianity, Ecological Crisis and the 'Fierce Urgency of Now'
Dr. Nathaniel Van Yperen, St. Olaf College

Tuesday, November 8
Ecosystem Connections: Finding Our Place in this World
Eric Sazama, Ph.D. Candidate in Biology at USD and USF Alumnus

Tuesday, November 15
Humanity in the Image of God: Promise or Peril for Our Planet?
Dr. Michael Lodahl, Point Loma Nazarene University

2016 Spring Schedule

Child Development and Spirituality:
The Nature and Nurture of Religious Belief

Keynote Speaker
A Research Perspective

A lecture and forum facilitated by Dr. Justin L. Barrett

Justin L. Barrett
Thrive Professor of Developmental Science
Fuller Graduate School

Salsbury Science Center — Zbornik Lecture Hall
February 8, 2016—7:30 p.m.


First Local Forum
A Ministry Perspective

A lecture and forum facilitated by Drs. Alan and Denise Kjesbo

Alan Kjesbo
Lead Pastor
The Point, Sioux Falls

Denise Kjesbo
Professor of Children’s and Family Ministry - Bethel Seminary
Children’s and Family Ministry - The Point, Sioux Falls

Cleveland Center Room 106A
February 22, 2016—7:30 p.m.


Second Local Forum
A Clinical Perspective

A lecture and forum facilitated by Dr. Karen Garnaas

Karen Garnaas
Specialist in Neurology
Neurology Associates and Avera KcKennan Hospital

McDonald Center Conference Room
February 28, 2016—7:30 p.m.


For more information, please contact Dr. James Foster at 605-331-6750 or