The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


ELCA gathers scientists for consultation

Just eight months after he stood before the 2001 South Carolina Synod assembly and presented a resolution calling for the ELCA to bring issues of science into the mission and education of the church, James Houck boarded a Chicago-bound plane to be part of the first ELCA consultation on faith and science.

He and 21 other scientists — representing fields from artificial intelligence to genetics to physics — gathered for two days of discussions in January at the Lutheran Center with churchwide staff.

The purpose was "to elicit strategic input that will advise the wider church," says Sally Simmel, director for daily life ministry in the Division for Ministry. The scientists talked about issues that confront the church in a time so profoundly influenced by science and technology.

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