Skip to content

Posts tagged ‘science and faith’

Changing Faith–Chip Laird

September 20, 2015.

New Discussion Group

The CCUCC Book Group has morphed into a video/discussion group.  We’ll begin with the 7 week series called “Painting the Stars:  Science, Religion, and an Evolving Faith” on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:15 at the church.  Everyone is invited to participate, and you are welcome to come when you are able. (so if you miss the first week, feel free to join in when you can)  Each week we’ll view a 20 minute video and discuss, along with a small amount of weekly supplemental reading on the theme.

Contributors include:  Philip Clayton, Rachel Held Evans, Bruce Sanguin, John Shelby Spong, and Megan McKenna, among others.

“The evolutionary process is a deep mystery. Spiritually, mystery is not the sum total of all that we don’t yet know, but given enough time could figure out and move on to the next problem. Mystery is a condition of awe, of resting precisely in an unknowing, long enough for the silence to have its way with us. The goal of this curriculum is to create some space for us to inhabit this mystery more deeply, and explore the relationship between science, particularly evolution, and religion.” –Bruce Sanguin, from the Overview of PtS.




We are a group of open-minded people who come together to act out a thoughtful, heartfelt, and soulful response to life.  As we learn to walk the way of Jesus, we don’t check our minds (our curiosity, questions, or attempts to verify, etc…) at the door.  Many of us have found value in both a scientific view of the world and the wisdom of those faithful people who have sought spiritual answers in the murky waters of life’s big questions.

Listen for CCUCC’s support of NWPR’s “Science Friday” as part of our attempt to become more visible in our community.


25-30 of us are reading “The Language of God” by Francis S. Collins. Collins, the current Director of the National Institutes for Health, is a former head of the Human Genome Project as well as a Christian.

If you want to read the book, feel free to come and discuss Mondays at 6:30 pm at the church.

Collins writes about the historic divide between science and faith and attempts to bridge that gap using his own story. Whether or not everyone comes to the same conclusions as he does, the questions he raises and the accurate, contemporary scientific knowledge he presents are fascinating.

Monday, November 28th  at 6:30 pm we’ll discuss through the end of Chapter 4 (p 107)
Comments on the content of the book are welcome.  Let’s discuss!