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The Zygon Center (ZCRS) was established in 1988 as a program of LSTC and the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science (CASIRAS). “Zygon,” a Greek word meaning “yoke,” describes the goal of bringing together scientists, theologians and other scholars to research basic questions and issues of human concern. It was founded by Ralph Wendell Burhoe, professor emeritus at Meadville Lombard Theological School and recipient of the 1980 Templeton Award for Progress in Religion.

ZCRS is dedicated to relating religious traditions and scientific knowledge to gain insight into the origins, nature, and destiny of humans and their environment. The center publishes Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science as well as offering seminars, courses, conferences, symposia, and guided research. In cooperation with LSTC, ZCRS offer the Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science each year, usually in spring semester. ZCRS uses the resources of ACTS seminaries, the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. For information, contact the director, Dr. Lea Schweitz at or 773.256.0670.