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 ELCA Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology is in the process of developing a three-session confirmation module dealing with creation and science. It helps students explore how scientific theories and biblical creation stories go together as we consider the world. Congregations currently are being sought to field test the module.

Rev. Dr. George Murphy, a retired ELCA pastor and physicist is spearheading the project. He is an adjunct faculty member at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus Ohio who teaches courses in theology and science.

The sessions are titled “Creation Today” (dealing with God’s action in the world today), “Belief and Brains” (on relationships between faith and science) and “Pictures of the Beginning” (which looks at scientific and biblical views of the earth and life).

While most congregations have already begun confirmation classes this year, the Alliance is hopeful that the module might still be tested in the Spring or next fall. Pastors or congregations interesting in trying out the modules should contact Murphy directly at

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