A Flood of Ideas: A Symposium

A panel of local clergy and renowned scientists discussed the Noah story in the Abrahamic religions and how it relates to modern-day concerns about climate change.

Date and Time: Sunday, November 3, 2019.  3:30-6:00 pm

Location: Sacred Heart University,

Admission: Open to the community free of charge

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Clergy panel

Moderator: David Weisberg, CEO, Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County

  • Imam Gazmend Aga, Albanian American Muslim Community
  • Father Anthony Ciorra, Sacred Heart University
  • Rabbi Marcelo Kormis, Congregation Beth El Fairfield


Science panel

Moderator: Rev. Stephanie M Johnson, Rector and Eco-Minister, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Riverside, CT.

  • A. Karim Ahmed, Ph.D, founding member and Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of the National Council on Science and Environment; Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut Health Center; global environmentalist and climate change activist; author of technical books, scientific papers and literary works about climate change.
  • William B.F. Ryan, Ph.D., co-author of  Noah’s Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About the Event that Changed History; Earth Institute Affiliate: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University; Doherty Senior Scholar, LDEO-Marine Geology and Geophysics; Adjunct Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Special Research Scientist, LDEO-Biology Paleoenvironment.
  •  Mary Evelyn Tucker, Ph.D., co-Founder and co-Director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University; co-creator of the  Journey of the Universe Film, Book, & Conversations;  author/editor of 20 volumes and hundreds of articles.

Presented by the Saul Haffner Jewish Enrichment Fund of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ) in partnership with  the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County.




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