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.
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.
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.