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Evolution Weekend

February 9-11, 2018, is the world-wide 13th Annual Evolution Weekend.  It is observed on the closest weekend to Darwin’s birthday on  February 12th. This event was created as an opportunity for people of faith to have serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science.  The first two annual events were called Evolution Sunday and were remarkably successful - with hundreds of congregations around the globe coming together to discuss the compatibility of religion and science. This success has led to an expansion of Evolution Sunday into Evolution Weekend in an attempt to be more welcoming to members of all religions.

 

One important goal is to elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic and to move beyond sound bites. A second critical goal is to demonstrate that religious people from many faiths and locations understand that evolution is sound science and poses no problems for their faith.  Finally, Evolution Weekend makes it clear that those claiming that people must choose between religion and science are creating a false dichotomy.  

The Clergy Letter Project:  Evolution Weekend is an offshoot of the Clergy Letter Project, which Dr. Michael Zimmerman, then dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis, started in 2004 after the Grantsburg, Wisconsin, School Board passed a series of anti-evolution policies. To date, the letter has been signed by over 15,000 Christian clergy who agree that “religious truth is of a different order from scientific truth. Its purpose is not to convey scientific information but to transform hearts.”  The letter urges school board members to preserve the integrity of the science curriculum by affirming the teaching of the theory of evolution as a core component of human knowledge. It asks “that science remain science and that religion remain religion, two very different, but complementary, forms of truth.”  Similar Letters have been signed by Jewish (523), Unitarian (524) and Buddhist (26) clergy (see http://www.theclergyletterproject.org/ for details).

 

Evolution Sunday: Trinity Memorial Church is among several hundred churches across the country and around the world currently scheduled to participate in 2018.  Trinity Memorial parishioner Dr. Sandra D. Michael will deliver the sermon at both services on Sunday, February 4.  Trinity is commemorating this event one week earlier this year because February 11 is also Transfiguration Sunday, the last Sunday of Epiphany before we head into Lent.  

 

Resources:

 

A Catechism of Creation: An Episcopal Understanding, 2005. Find it on the Internet at  http://episcopalscience.org/resources/catechism-creation/

 

The Society of Ordained Scientists (SOSc), founded in 1986 by priest-scientists within the Anglican Communion and now open to any member of a Christian denomination upholding belief in the Holy Trinity.  Non-ordained scientists may apply for associate membership. Their Website also includes link to the affiliated North American Province. Find it on the Internet at  http://dawhois.com/www/ordainedscientists.org.html

 “With clergy members and scientists banding together to proclaim that their two fields have much to teach us about the world and the people in it, with the two groups demonstrating that they can work collaboratively, there is now hope that we can put the divisiveness that has been the hallmark of this struggle behind us,” said Zimmerman, a biologist by training. “We can look to a future in which it is no longer controversial to teach our children the best science has to offer. We can create a future in which experts in different fields respect one another and the ideas each has to offer.”

 

Sandra Michael, Guest Preacher, Evolution Sunday