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.

In the last few weeks, we have learned the church is so much more than a building, the choir, coffee and donuts. If you are like our household, you have gotten used to “tuning in” to services coffee in hand! 

When we look back at this time, we may just marvel at the way technology – namely live streams, YouTube, and social media – came to the fore to keep our faith communities intact. Easter felt very different this year, yet we still worshiped together from home.

As we approach Earth Day on April 22, we can take some solace in the fact that due to the coronavirus pandemic keeping us home, we have actually helped the planet by driving less. Even light pollution is less problematic. That said although the long-term impact of this current pollution-busting trend is unknown, its effects can be seen from space via NASA.

When it comes to modeling long-term human impact, Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology steering committee member Kristi Keller outlined the limits in relying solely on computer simulations in forming ethical decisions related to our changing climate system. 

Meanwhile, Adler Planetarium’s Grace Wolf Chase in this month’s commentary provides some views of a climate scientist and has also offered some great suggestions for citizen science activities for use of communities of faith via the Zooniverse. These climate-oriented projects are free and can be found at She simply asks that those church communities participating let her know ( how the project was implemented and how many people participated. 

For our part, we will take this opportunity to provide you with some faith and science streaming options. Links to popular videos, curated by the LAFST team, can be found here.

Peace be with you, 

Susan Barreto, Editor

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