Institute on Religion in an Age of Science 2022

June 26, 2022 to July 3, 2022

2022 Star Island Update

“Who am I? How do I fit into the world around me? How am I different?” Questions like these are central to the elusive notion of identity—to how we establish and maintain perceptions of “self” and “other,” “we” and “they.” Identifying ourselves and others in categories defined by gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, economic status, physical and mental abilities, and other markers stimulate a sense of “we-consciousness.” They influence our choices about who we trust and consider part of our “tribe,” in biological, socio-cultural, and “ultimate” terms. How we perceive and enact our identities influences how we love, create, and discover, and whether we construct systems of oppression and war. Through multi-religious and scientific frameworks including biological, psychological, sociological, and anthropological considerations, this conference will explore core concepts of identity. We invite you to engage in cross-cultural conversations and participate in envisioning a global cultural transformation in which the presence of diversity need not provoke disharmony. We encourage professionals across disciplines to submit proposals for papers that address the theme topic. Possible areas of interest include but are not limited to: Are there prevailing scientific understandings of self, and if so, what are they? How do specific world religious traditions understand individual and social identities and otherness? In our dynamically interconnected global society, how can science and religion help us comprehend the limitations and purposes of identity? What influences the formation of blind spots and biases? How can we engage in cross cultural conversations that transcend the “allergy to the other,” increase respect and understanding, and contribute to justice and peacemaking.


Youth Programming

Youth ages 1-18 are invited to join the Archi Pelagos youth program, which meets in age-based groups during the morning plenary sessions; provides art, parachute games, and other activities during a 1.5 hour slot each afternoon, and offers special sessions some evenings. We also encourage both youth and adults to participate in several Intergenerational activities, including a Garden Fete Ice Cream Social, an Island Scavenger Hunt, and a game of Werewolf in the Village.

Theme Speakers

Rabbi David Rosen, KSG CBE International Director of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee

Anindita N. Balslev M.A.(Cal), PhD (Paris) Founder, Cross-Cultural Conversation Forum

Swami Sarvapriyananda Resident Swami, the Vedanta Society of New York

Minister of the Week

Dr. Dorsey Odell Blake, Presiding Minister of The Church for The Fellowship of All Peoples, Faculty Associate at Pacific School of Religion, and faculty at the Dale P. Andrews Freedom Seminary at Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.

Program Fee

Adults: $225 IRAS members/$325 nonmembers Children: $125

Financial Aid

The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) offers a variety of scholarships and financial assistance opportunities, including: * Two Shapley-Booth fellowships to honor the memory of the first two presidents of IRAS, the theologian Edward Prince Booth and the astronomer Harlow Shapley: these cover each recipient’s registration fee, room and board, (and transportation?). * Up to three (3) Student Scholarships for current undergraduate or graduate students: these cover each recipient’s registration fee and room and board. Student scholarship recipients are responsible for their own transportation costs. * Griswold Scholarships: a small scholarship is available for first-time IRAS conference attendees over 55. *Financial Assistance Grants to assist those who might not otherwise be able to attend our summer conference: these usually cover the registration fee. Please see for more information on application deadlines and how to apply.

Room & Board

IRAS Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+ $1,072 $1,458 $1,320 $1,937


IRAS 0-5 years old 6-11 12-17
Youth Rates Free $496 $710

Boat Schedule

Depart Portsmouth: 6/26: 2:25 pm

Depart Star: 7/3: 9:20 am


For program questions, contact Abigail Fuller. For registration and room/board questions, contact Emily Houk