Lenoir-Rhyne to host faith/science ministry classes

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Institute for Faith and Learning is sponsoring weekly “Religion, Science and Ministry” classes, beginning Monday, Sept. 3, in the fellowship hall at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Hickory, North Carolina.

The center’s aim is to provide programming that contributes to and enriches a culture of the intellect that is theologically based. Its programs are directed to Christians of all traditions.

The ELCA college has formalized the class schedule that will be led by Mindy Makant, Ph.D., Lenior-Rhyne associate professor of religious studies and director of the Living Well Center. The sessions are free and open to the public and no registration is necessary. All sessions run each Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m., through Nov. 19.

“Religion, Science and Ministry” will explore how individuals can engage questions of science faithfully in a local congregation setting. The class sessions include:

  • Sept. 10: Setting the stage: Categories of Relationship
  • Sept. 17: Creation, New Creation, and Evolution
  • Sept. 24: Astronomy and Creation – Guest Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Brian Peterson
  • Oct. 1: Ecology and Climate Change
  • Oct. 8: No Class
  • Oct. 15: Technology and Community
  • Oct. 22: No Class
  • Oct. 29: Genetics and Human Identity – Guest Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Kim Carlson
  • Nov. 5: Panel Discussion
  • Nov. 12: Ethics: So What?
  • Nov. 19: Talking Science in Church
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