Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith

Adult class led by Dr. Ernie Hess on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., September 15 – October 25, 2017

“When I have a terrible need of—dare I say, ‘religion’—then I go outside at night and paint the stars.”   — Vincent Van Gogh

Celebrating the communion of science and faith, Painting the Stars explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality,  featuring over a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers. The basic format for each class session includes a 20-minute video presentation and guided discussion.  This class is free of charge and open to the public.  No registration required.  All are welcome.

Theme of Each Session:

  1. Sept 13 – Toward Healing the Rift
  2. Sept 20 – A Renaissance of Wonder
  3. Sept 27 – Getting Genesis Wrong
  4. Oct 4 – An Evolving Faith
  5. Oct 11 – Evolutionary Christianity
  6. Oct 18 – Imagining a Future
  7. Oct 25 – An Evolving Spirituality: Mysticism

“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. Perhaps most importantly, the hope is that each participant will feel from the inside what it is like to be the presence of all this creativity showing up after 13.7 billion years as him or her. Without this felt sense of being one with the creative process that is ceaselessly animating life, the conversation will remain objective and academic. We invite you to engage these six weeks with an awareness that you are not separate from the creativity that produced you.”   –Bruce Sanguin, Author of If Darwin Prayed

Contributors:

Philip Clayton — Dean of Claremont School of Theology, process theologian, and author of 14 books including Adventures in the Spirit and Religion and Science: The Basics.

Michael Dowd — Evolutionary theologian, bestselling author of Thank God for Evolution, and evangelist for Big History and Religious Naturalism.

Rachel Held Evans — American Christian columnist, blogger and author of Evolving in Monkeytown.

Matthew Fox — Episcopal priest, early and influential exponent of Creation Spirituality, and author of many works including Original BlessingCreation Spirituality, and The Coming of the Cosmic Christ.

Catherine Keller — Process theologian, professor of Constructive Theology at New Jersey’s Drew University, and author of several books including On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process.

Megan McKenna — An internationally known author, theologian, storyteller and lecturer. She teaches on a circuit of colleges and universities and leads retreats, workshops and parish missions.

Michael Morwood — Well-known throughout Australia for his involvement with the Progressive Christian network, Morwood is a former Catholic priest and author of Praying a New Story.

Jan Phillips — Evolutionary thinker, mystic and author of No Ordinary Time: The Rise of Spiritual Intelligence and Evolutionary Creativity.

Barbara Rossing — Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Her publications include The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation.

Bruce Sanguin — United Church of Canada minister and author of popular books on Evolutionary Christianity including If Darwin Prayed and Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos.

Bernard Brandon Scott — New Testament Professor at the Phillips Theological Seminary and author of several books including Hear Then the Parable and Re-Imagine the World.

John Shelby Spong — Retired Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, columnist, and author of twenty books including Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism and Why Christianity Must Change or Die.

Gretta Vosper — United Church of Canada minister, founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity, and author of With or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important Than What We Believe and Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief.