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Evolution Weekend

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    Evolution Weekend

    Hundreds of congregations from around the world will celebrate Evolution Weekend on the days before Charles Darwin’s birthday. Evolution Weekend is an opportunity for people of faith to celebrate the harmony between science and religion. Some churches express the message that God is present in all creation, in everything, in the process of evolution itself, and this is reason to celebrate with joy. Part of loving God is celebrating all that God creates and every way that God works in the world.

    In 2006 and 2007, the national observance of Evolution Sunday was successful on many levels: 1) These events helped many people understand how evolution is how God creates. 2) These events attracted many scientists from the community to attend this service. Many were astonished to learn that Christianity can embrace the truths of evolution. 3) Because this is such an unusual event, it had great press coverage. The NY Times' article about Evolution Sunday was the most emailed story the following week.

    Following is a statement from the national organizers of Evolution Weekend:
    “For far too long, strident voices, in the name of Christianity, have been claiming that people must choose between religion and modern science. More than 10,000 Christian clergy have already signed The Clergy Letter demonstrating that this is a false dichotomy. Now, on the 198th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, many of these leaders will bring this message to their congregations through sermons and/or discussion groups. Together, participating religious leaders will be making the statement that religion and science are not adversaries. And, together, they will be elevating the quality of the national debate on this topic.”

This page last updated February 1, 2008.
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