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.

The average American spends 24 hours a week online, according to a 2017 study. Incredibly, that’s a whole day that we are spending staring at our smart phone/computer screen. And that is the average!

This month though we dive a little bit into what it means to be the church in the age of social media. It’s tricky, but more congregations and their members are using social media to stay connected.

Besides streaming the ELCA churchwide assembly this summer, many of us did take some time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology Steering Committee Member Karl Evans gives us a new appreciation for the moon in a way only a geologist firmly planted on Earth could!

Scholarly work at the intersection of faith and science continued over the summer with interesting research coming out of Arizona State University showing the role awe plays in our perceptions.

“This is especially important for people for example for religious people who might be interested in going into science. It’s important for them to know there is a place for them and that people agree with them that science is awesome,” said ASU professor Kathryn Johnson who worked on the study.

Read more about this research and what is going on in Scotland in the realm of teaching science and theology courses in this month’s news section.

Last but not least, do you have any conferences coming up this fall in your area? Let us know! We will add them to our calendar section.

Susan Barreto, Editor

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