The Art & Science of Compassion – Annual Meeting and Program


We will hold our Annual Member Meeting and Program on Monday, February 23rd, at 7pm at the Eden Seminary Chapel. This event is open to all and will include a short business meeting (during which paid members of IP can vote for our nominated slate of Executive Board members and the 2015 proposed budget), followed by an engaging program called The Art & Science of Compassion.

“The Art and Science of Compassion” by Katherine Van Uum

Against the backdrop of a few select images that arose after the fires of Ferguson, this talk will introduce an emerging interdisciplinary field called the “Science of Compassion.” Drawing on research recently presented at the Compassion Week 2014 Conference in San Francisco, this talk will highlight the role that the sciences may play in our understanding of compassion. No prior knowledge of science or compassion is necessary to enjoy this presentation.

About our Speaker

Katherine Van Uum is an active community volunteer with a special interest in the science of compassion.  She holds BA and MA degrees in the History and Philosophy of Science from Stanford University and has done primary research in the neurosciences.  Katherine previously held faculty positions at Colorado College and Grinnell College. She served as a management consultant in the high tech industry and was an information technology professional at the University of Chicago.  A former elite athlete (Rowing), Katherine is a parent, Girl Scout leader and outdoor enthusiast.

Event Details

The event will begin at 7pm in the Chapel at Eden Theological Seminary (475 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119). The Chapel is located in the Press Building on the second floor. Ample parking is available; both the parking lot and the building are accessible. We will begin with a short business meeting during which paid members of Interfaith Partnership can cast votes on the slate of nominees for the Executive Committee of the Board as well as the 2015 Operating Budget. After this short session, we will begin the program.

We wish to express our gratefulness to Eden Seminary for the use of their space for this and other programs as well as our office. Our work would not be possible without their generosity and the many contributions of our members and constituent faith groups.

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