Leading science-and-faith discussions at our churches

Loren Haarsma (lhaarsma@retina.anatomy.upenn.edu)
Fri, 13 Feb 1998 17:20:24 -0500 (EST)

I suspect that quite a few of us would be willing to lead science-and-
faith discussions or Sunday school classes at our churches, but we are
daunted by the barriers in getting such a class going. I'd like start a
thread of ideas on how to overcome those barriers.

Ideas on...
1) How to announce and arrange such a class.
2) Getting materials and time to prepare.
Others barriers?


1) How to arrange a class? I think you have to start by talking to the
pastor. Simply tell him or her that you've spent time reading and
thinking about science-and-faith issues, and you're willing to be a
"resource person." (For example: to recommend books on specific topics
and help answer questions a church member might bring to the pastor; to
talk to young people thinking about a career in science and wondering
how that fits with a Christian life; and perhaps to lead a short series
of discussions or adult Sunday school classes on science-and-faith
issues, or maybe a single talk on a mid-week evening.) If your church
has an adult Sunday school coordinator, tell him or her also.

After that, it's up to the pastor. The pastor and council must decide
whether or not anything further happens, because they are the ones
charged with leading the church. (However, most likely *nothing* will
happen unless the idea is planted.)

Other ideas?

2) Preparation time can be drastically reduced if you start with
prepared material. Unfortunately, I don't know of any commercially

But I will gladly give out the notes from the classes my wife and I
taught at Park Street Church last year. It was a six-week class, and
the notes are quite detailed (including a bibliography and handouts).

Does anyone else have similar notes that they're willing to share?


Loren Haarsma