It was a line many of the attendees of the recent Ecumenical Round Table on Faith, Science and Technology in the Church didn’t see coming in the group’s Saturday morning homily.
“Grace to you and peace from the God who raised Jesus from the dead. Whoa! There is a claim to make a good scientist, and others, exclaim: Say what! …raised Jesus bodily from the dead. How can that be true?”
This was Rev. Dr. Roger Willer’s opening in a homily that he initially thought would only be heard in this unique grouping of mostly scientists and pastors. The bold statement wasn’t lost on the Zoom-gathered crowd, who together had been exploring ways the church needed to show and not just tell of its respect for science in a time when much of the public has become skeptical of organized religion and of science — let alone the concept that the two have anything in common with one another.
This month, we share with you the rest of Willer’s unique homily, that we believe you will find just as inspiring as it was to those who heard it remotely.
And for the pastors looking for their own sermon ideas, George Murphy writes about “Stewardship of Creation Sunday.” Then there is another initiative called “Preaching with the Sciences,” which is an online project offering five webinars on the topic of incorporating scientists in sermons and homilies.
Lastly, for pastors-to-be in seminary they too have a unique opportunity to learn about science in their classes. The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Science for Seminaries project announced a total of eight U.S. seminaries that will weave science into their curriculum with input from scientists.
So next time you wonder whether science and the church have any ongoing touch points, I would suggest that these initiatives and the work of a number of groups worldwide focused on faith and science are showing just how necessary these complementary views are when it comes to understanding our world and our very lives.