FRIDAY, MAY 15 – MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015
YOUNG SOJOURNERS WEEKEND
Quirks, Quarks, Chaos and Christianity: Exploring Questions of Science and Religion in the Twenty-First Century
with Judy Steers as course leader and David Taylor as worship leader
When I go to church, do I have to leave my intellect at the door? When I am at school, is my faith irrelevant or misguided fable when held up against modern academic study?
From God to Greeks to Galileo to Gluons, in this galaxy and others, we’ll explore these and other ideas. Through conversation, multi-media, creative arts and playing with concepts and realities: we’ll explore myth, story, cosmology, Newtonian theology, quantum prayer and more.
Are science and theology contradictory? Are they “enemies” who hold irreconcilable truths? Or can their interactive study help us towards a greater understanding of both?
We’ll explore the relationship between science and religion, and how to apply what we’ve learned to some bigger emerging issues (globalization, ecological ethics, bio-technology). Oh yeah, and the hologram parable.
You don’t have to be a science geek to enjoy this weekend – just a seeker wanting to dig deep into big questions. Warning – cerebral explosions or mind-warps may occur. At least, we hope so.
JUDY STEERS was the director of the Ask & Imagine theology programs for youth and young leaders for 15 years. During that time, she taught hundreds of young people to engage critical academic enquiry with the exploration of theology and spirituality. She teaches, leads workshops and consultations across the country. Currently she is the director of Trailblazing, an on-line theological formation program for youth leaders, and supports youth initiatives for the national church, including CLAY, the national youth gathering. Judy’s ‘past life’ in the field of engineering technology nurtured a passion for creative dialogue between science and religion and really loves that we all came from rocks. Seriously.
DAVID TAYLOR encourages everyone to participate in worship, using new and interesting ways of using music, words and movement. He especially likes splashing water to remind us that we are all part of God’s Great Family, which is a safe, exciting and interesting group of people. If he has the opportunity he also likes to get others to lead so he can sit back and enjoy himself in God’s wonderful presence with God’s wonderful children.
Registration Course Fee: $150 includes programming, meals (Friday dinner through Monday lunch) and accommodation.
Bursaries are available
For more information please visit the website.