The Barnes Symposium


The goal of the Barnes family is to provide for an annual symposium on Issues of Science and Christian Faith.

The vision for the symposium is to assist the RWC and NES communities in developing an intellectual basis for understanding the principle that all truth is God's truth i.e., that the data of Scripture as understood through theology and the data of nature, as understood through the sciences, may be honestly explored, and will be in harmony when interpreted correctly. Dr. David S. and F. Avis Barnes have been active participants in the Roberts Wesleyan College community since 1970. Their daughters are graduates of the college. Dr. Barnes attended the college, his parents met at the college in the 1920's, his grandparents attended in the 1880's, two brothers attended the college, and four members of the extended family served on the RWC board.

Dr. David Barnes, professor emeritus in biology, taught in the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics from 1970-2004. For many years he directed the Cultural Life Committee Lecture Series and arranged for over 200 guest speakers to make presentations to students and faculty.
Avis Barnes taught for 30 years in the Pavilion School District, and, upon retirement, has continued volunteering in the Rochester City Schools tutoring needy students.
The Barnes began a long cross-cultural involvement with Rochester's sister-city in Novgorod, Russia in the late '80s and continue to help coordinate ministry programs there.

This year's symposium will be held February 27-28, 2014. Visit the webpage for more information.

Faith and Science Division Luncheons

Each semester the department offers a series of Faith and Science Luncheons. These discussions are designed to build community within the division through explorations of faith grounded in science. Talks are followed by a lively, moderated, and informal discussion. Check out the campus calendar for the next lunch discussion.