Houston was a transformative experience for so many young people and their leaders, especially those who found themselves asking the really tough questions related to faith and science.

They were greeted by four steering committee members of the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology, who brought science toys, puzzles and an eagerness to help youth understand that faith and science are not two different realms with limited interaction with one another. They met scientists who are also people of faith and pastors who also include science in their preaching.

And okay, they learned a little about science too.

This month we offer up some photos from our booth at the Interactive Learning Center at the NRG Center in Houston, which is also home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center that some groups visited while in town for the Youth Gathering.

Whether you followed the Gathering online via Facebook or Twitter, take a few minutes to see how a “new dimension” was explored by ELCA youth this summer.

Susan Barreto
Editor, Covalence

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College campus ministries embrace the big questions surrounding faith and science

Students entering a campus church for the first time may be drawn to finding those answers to life’s big questions. Others may be seeking community. Increasingly, though, campus congregations have been exploring the tough questions about science and how they relate to...

Much ado about nothing?

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has a monthly ad in Scientific American, and the one for March 2017 featured a statement by physicist Lawrence Krauss.  “Lack of understanding is not evidence for God. It is an evidence of lack of understanding, and a call to use...

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...

Researcher explores awe in science and connections to faith

The multidisciplinary journal Cognitive Science recently published a paper co-authored by former Sinai and Synapses fellow Sara Gottlieb on “Awe as a Scientific Emotion.” Researchers, including University of California at Berkeley psychology professors Dacher Keltner...

‘This Changes Everything’: Our hands in God’s worlds?

The theme of this year’s ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston was “This Changes Everything” — an impactful theme in many ways. The discussion ranged from large-scale social justice issues down to learning about how grace and love can drastically impact individual lives....
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