Thursday, February 26, 2015 – 8:00 pm EST
Webinar with Lisa Ortuno, featuring Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman

Bahá’ís affirm that God has provided two vital sources of knowledge—science and religion. This same view is shared by other religious groups who, like the Bahá’ís, want to move the discussion of these topics away from angry debates and stone-throwing at easy targets. Motivated by the Universal House of Justice’s call to engage with like-minded individuals and institutions, Dr. Ortuno has worked with the Jewish interfaith science and religion group Sinai and Synapses (S&S) since 2013. In this webinar she will describe how they are fulfilling the mission of S&S, which is to create a vision of religion that embraces critical thinking and scientific inquiry while giving meaning to people’s lives and helping them make a positive impact on society.

To watch a recording of this session, please follow this link.

Here is a list of the books and websites recommended by Dr. Ortuno:

Sinai and Synapses and its Facebook page


Thank God for Evolution by Michael Dowd

The Language of God by Francis Collins

The Language of Science and Faith by Karl Giberson and Francis Collins

Origins by Ariel A. Roth

Lisa Ortuno has a Ph.D. in biology from the University of South Carolina. Since 2002 she has worked for three international biotechnology companies—LifeTechnologies, Illumina, and now Promega Corporation, where she has provided technical support and training for life science research, government, private, DNA forensics and clinical diagnostics laboratories around the world. Lisa has been a Bahá’í for seven years, has three children and resides in Wake Forest, North Carolina.