Evolution Weekend is an annual event created by The Clergy Letter Project as “an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science.” An ongoing goal of the project has been to elevate the quality of discussion on this critical topic, and to show that religion and science are not adversaries. Instead, they look at the natural world from quite different perspectives and ask – and answer – different questions.
Our past Evolution Sunday celebrations have explored efforts to undermine science, especially the basic principles of evolution, in the service of maintaining some ‘traditional’ beliefs. Our Sunday worship this year will be led by Bishop Jim Burch, Presiding Bishop of The Dioceses of One Spirit, who will lead us in a conversation about Teilhard de Chardin’s belief that “we are not human beings having a spiritual experience (but) spiritual beings having a human experience.” In his view, just as living organisms sprung from inorganic matter and evolved into ever more complex thinking beings, humans are evolving toward an “omega point” he defined as “a convergence with the Divine.”
This exploration follows our discussion last year with Dr. Mark Lupisella: The evolutionary power of groups: From the selfish gene, to cosmic contemplation, to racial justice
and our 2013 celebration: