ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Until recently, Dr. Eilene Theilig’s professional career was centered around the earth and solar system. With degrees in geology and a research focus on planetary exploration, she was an intern during the Viking Mission to Mars and, later, a National Research Council post-doctoral research associate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). In 1989, she joined the Galileo Project flight team at JPL for the journey to Jupiter and became the project manager for the final two and a half years of the mission. Deciding to follow a different path Eilene entered the Pacific School of Religion where she obtained a Master of Divinity degree in 2006. Her primary interest is adult Christian education as she holds the position of Director of Lay and Continuing Education at Brite. With a background in both science and theology, Eilene maintains an interest in the intersection of science and faith. She is an ordained Disciples of Christ minister.