Over 1000 congregations from 50 states and over 15 countries have participated in Evolution Weekend since it began in 2006.
Evolution Weekend is an annual event in February when people in churches, synagogues, and other places of worship discuss and celebrate the science of evolution. This weekend occurs near Darwin’s birthday, February 12 of each year. This weekend is an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science. An ongoing goal has been to elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic, and to show that religion and science are not adversaries. Rather, they look at the natural world from different perspectives and ask, and answer, different questions.
Since 2006, well over 1000 churches have signed up with the Evolution Weekend website. Many more churches and synagogues participate informally.
Michael Zimmerman, a biologist, is the organizer of Evolution Sunday. His quest to promote dialog between religion and science began with the Clergy Letter Project
, in which over 13,000 Clergy of all major Christian and Jewish denominations have signed a letter supporting the science of evolution.
Religious people from many diverse faith traditions and locations around the world understand that evolution is quite simply sound science; and for them, it does not in any way threaten, demean, or diminish their faith in God. In fact, for many, the wonders of science often enhance and deepen their awe and gratitude towards God.
Some churches express the message that God is present in all creation, in everything, including the process of evolution itself.
In addition to finding a participating church for Evolution Weekend
, the Clergy Letter website
has sermons, lists of scientific consultants, articles, recommended readings, websites and related news.
Article about Evolution Weekend
Easing the Conflict between Faith and Evolution by Jeffrey Kieft - Jeffrey is a molecular biologist who enjoys talking about evolution to church groups. He encourages other scientists to get out into the community to teach about evolution. Jeffrey writes:
I’ve been asked, “Isn’t the first rule of evolution that there is no God?’ I reply, “Well, no actually, that isn’t in any science textbook.” Just teaching these basic concepts puts people more at ease because they’ve never learned what evolution means.