Partlow at UWaterloo, A Christian Scientist in a Secular University

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FREE PUBLIC EVENT: CSCA’s Waterloo chapter presents a lecture with Gary Partlow (Emeritus Professor, University of Guelph), former president of CSCA.

50th Anniversary Presidential Lecture

Gary Partlow, Emeritus Professor, U of Guelph
"A Christian Scientist in a Secular University: My faith journey and what provided encouragement and understanding along the way"

Sunday | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Renison University College (Dunker Family Lounge), University of Waterloo | With Refreshments | Doors open at 6:30 for refreshments

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  • For free parking:
    • Renison College parking is reachable by the first driveway after making a North-East turn from Westmount Rd onto Uw Campus Ln.
    • Participants of the event needing parking will enter the code on the push pad located at the gate entrance.
    • Use the code “3118#” — Be sure to enter the four numerical digits, followed by the # button.
  • Doors open at 6:30 for refreshments.


A Christian Scientist in a Secular University: My Faith Journey and What Provided Encouragement and Understanding Along the Way

My faith journey as a Christian scientist has been a rich blessing, providing me with much to appreciate in God’s creative living world. However, I was caught up with a career in Biomedical Sciences, trying to live a life of faith in a secular university, and not sure I could even admit my faith to colleagues and/or students without losing my credibility as a scientist. This presentation will mention some of the areas of support that have helped me along the way, but focus primarily on several “hermeneutic” principles learned while participating in a Bethel Bible study during the 1990s. Those ideas give me comfort even today when reading scripture and trying to understand what the early writers were telling us. Their message is too often lost by our scientific desire to analyze the details.

Gary Partlow retired in 2006 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON. His first passion as an academic was teaching the wonder and complexity of mammalian anatomy and neuroanatomy to Bio-Medical Science and first-year Veterinary students. His research interests were the anatomy of birth defects in domestic animals, as well as neurogenesis in the reproductive centres of the brain. He completed his BSc in biology at the University of Guelph, his MSc in Anatomy at the University of Western Ontario, London, and his PhD in neuroanatomy at the University of Ottawa. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin before joining the faculty at the University of Guelph in 1976. His outside interests include sailing on his Ericson 23 and membership in the KW Gem & Mineral Club, of which he is currently co-president. He has been a member of the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation since 1978, including terms as President of both the local chapter and the national organization. Gary and his wife, Jan, live in Guelph and have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.

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