Empathy, Altruism & Agape:Perspectives on Love in Science and Religion
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October 1-3, 1999, University Park Hotel at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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The Fetzer Institute is a non-profit private operating foundation that supports research, education, and service programs which aim to foster the integration of the inner life of mind and spirit and the outer life of action in the world. The Institute was established by an endowment from John E. Fetzer (1901-1991), broadcast pioneer and long-time owner of the Detroit Tigers baseball team. Fetzer has a special interest in the ways in which individuals and communities are influenced by the interactions among the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of life, and how understandings in these areas can improve health, foster growth, and better the human condition in a transformative way. Fetzer especially values and encourages the expression of wholeness, freedom of spirit, and unconditional love in all areas of life.

The Institute’s science programs begin with respectful listening, build on openness and integrity, and proceed with creativity and rigorous methods. Particular areas of focus in scientific research include: psychosocial and spiritual aspects of health, including biological mechanisms; awareness and its connection to inner experience and outward actions; nonlinear dynamics and biological systems; and the role of human relationships in the health of individuals and society. Much of Fetzer’s research on the role of spirituality/religiousness and health over the past seven years has been in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This includes work with the National Institutes on Aging, Child Health and Human Development, and Alcoholism. Work in these areas has emphasized foundational work in measurement and methodology, as well as health research support. Fetzer also collaborates in the area of pain and suffering with ten NIH institutes, and supports long-term projects in that area. The breadth of research topic areas supported by Fetzer include disability and rehabilitation, end-of-life issues, and cognitive aspects of self-report. A major goal of this work is to stretch the edges of mainstream research by enabling researchers to ask innovative questions and explore hypotheses in new areas.

The Fetzer Institute also brings together individuals to engage in interdisciplinary and intercultural dialog, thereby enriching and expanding understanding and communication, and building relationships and community. Fetzer works to identify and nurture practices that foster unconditional love, freedom of spirit and wholeness, with the goal of enabling the best of the inner life to be expressed as positive action in the world.

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