Blackhawk Church was doing what Science for the Church wants to see other churches do more than a decade before Greg and I dreamed up this newsletter. Dolson and Lindroth’s relationship in the 90s led them to ask what programs might allow them to talk about science and faith for the church.
But Grant will add to the model by integrating Carver’s life in a curriculum aimed as regenerating souls too. “Our souls have been ravaged the last two years, so we will do soil work and soul work,” said Grant. “Everyone is experiencing trauma and seeing it in the pandemic. Carver’s life shows us how one engages in a lifelong journey to fulfill one’s God-given potential” despite trauma.
With their 2022 release of Climate Vigil Songs, The Porter’s Gate made a significant contribution to a slowly changing trend in the content of worship songs.
In her second devotional book, Gayle Boss continues to draw from nature to invite us into the themes of a church season, this time Lent.
Author Gayle Boss gifts us with 25 devotionals that draw on the lives of animals to call us into patient waiting and quiet preparation for the arrival of Jesus. She writes, “The animals show us in twenty-five different ways the deep mystery and abiding truth at the heart of the Christ story: The dark is not an end, but the way a new beginning comes.”
Faith and science was one of the major themes of the Anglican Communion’s 2022 Lambeth Conference. In preparation for the meeting, the church produced videos with bishops from around the world as well as a few scientists. Viewable as one 55-minute film or in 5 shorter parts, the videos engage the question “Why Should the Church Care about Science?”.
While many science and faith conversations are dominated by questions about how life began on Earth or if God exists, Black people aren’t questioning that, said Grant. What they do wonder about can be discussed through the life of Carver: “Why is there so much evil and why are we treated less than human? We want to look at the nature of evil, and what does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be disregarded and dehumanized?”
From ancient times, we have peered into the skies seeking to understand the magnitude of God’s handiwork… This quest has led theologians and scientists alike to peer into the skies for clues to help them build and support cosmogonic theories. So, following this great tradition of scientific and theological inquiry, the James Webb space telescope images provide us with the latest window into God’s creative impetus.
How do we bring science to our faith? And what difference does it make in our church ministries? I’m certainly fascinated by the first question, but it’s the second one I’d like to focus on here. Why? Because it’s our actions that demonstrate what we truly believe. They do in fact speak louder than words.
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