A free symposium designed to be a peaceful and civil exploration of science, spirituality and sacred stories will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church
Four speakers will discuss:
* Spiritual orientation, what gives you spiritual meaning?
* What is your concept of faith? Is it a prerequisite of a harmonious life?
* How do you balance the doctrine of religion with the empirical evidence of science?
* What is the place, if any, of mythology or superstition in a spiritual life? Should we think of spiritual mythology as a form of ancient poetry?
* Must morality be linked with salvation?
* What happens after death?
Toward the end of the symposium, the audience will be able to ask the panelists questions.
The panelists are:
* Iyad Jamali of Richland is an interventional cardiologist and a native of Syria who emigrated to the United States more than 20 years ago. Jamali is a member of the Islamic Society of Tri- Cities.
* Miriam Kerzner is a member of Congregation Beth Sholom and teaches sociology and political science classes at Columbia Basin College.
* Thomas Leenerts was a Franciscan friar and Catholic priest who spent 14 years in the Brazilian Amazon. He has a doctorate in clinical psychology and has practiced for 30 years in Kennewick.
* The Rev. Craig Moro lives in Salem, Ore., and serves as consulting minister to the Community Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasco.
The symposium will be facilitated by Allen Johnson, a secular humanitarian and leadership consultant with a degree in psychology. He is the author of four books, including The Power Within: The Five Disciplines of Personal Effectiveness.
The church is at 2819 W. Sylvester St., Pasco.