The theme for Religion and Science Weekend 2024 is “Religion, Science and the Common Good” with events slated to run on Feb. 9-11.
Over the past 18 years, well over 1 million individuals have participated in Religion and Science Weekend events, according to Clergy Letter Project founder Michael Zimmerman. This year at least 136 congregations representing 35 states and the District of Columbia as well as six countries are participating.
Whether it is a faith and science-themed worship service, sermon or adult class, the creativity in approaching the topic has proliferated over the years as well.
“We are living in an age of conflict and extremism. Cooperation and collaboration in pursuit of the common good is increasingly coopted by personal interest, greed, and power politics,” writes Zimmerman. “Many routinely challenge scientific evidence while asserting the supremacy of opinion and personal rights; hence, they boldly proclaim climate change and global warming to be a hoax while vaccination is a government plot. How can religion and science collaboratively rediscover and promote a vision of the common good?”
The Clergy Letter Project has collected over 17,000 clergy signatures over the years as a public demonstration of support for science from people of faith.
Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.