Jun 15, 2018 | 10:00 AM | Friday

Fri Jun 15, 10:00 AM - Fri Jun 15, 4:30 PM

The Mansion on O Street

2020 O Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036

Community: Washington DC



A celebration of the ways that science and religion interact and harmonize to create more meaning, understanding, and purpose in our world. 

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This day-long festival offers guests the opportunity to explore compelling new stories and thought provoking ideas presented by writers, thinkers, skeptics, and believers from various disciplines and denominations in a series of events that will challenge and inspire. Come for an hour, come for the day.  The Festival–set in the magical Mansion on O St., near Dupont Circle—will present new ways to understand and appreciate our complicated world.
Sounds and The City
The din of city life can induce disquiet and even pain, while ancient music from different religious traditions has a demonstrably soothing effect on our brains and bodies.  Poet Catherine Fletcher will lead a brief “sonic city tour” followed by a demonstration and discussion of the therapeutic benefits of Gregorian chant by the Christopher Mueller Foundation for Polyphony & Chant. 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. | Note: Seating is limited for Sounds and The City | See registration desk at the entrance to reserve your space.
Yoga and Being
In a guided meditation, molecular biologist Prema Arasu takes participants on an internal evolutionary journey from pure primordial energy up through the chain of life, as they explore and reflect on their personal beliefs about science, religion and spirituality. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. | Note: Seating is limited for Yoga and Being | See registration desk at the entrance to reserve your space.
Exile, Redemption, and the Refugee Experience
When people are forced from their homes and lands by weather, war, ethnic cleansing, or economic displacement, the costs to mind and spirit are great. Psychiatrist Ken Thompson will explore how the psychological and spiritual can work together to help transform the refugee experience into a hero’s journey toward healing and even redemption. 1 p.m.
An American Muslim Doctor’s Crisis in Faith with Medicine
Altaf Saadi was in medical school when her father—a PhD scientist himself—was diagnosed with liver cancer.

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