Our regular Sunday Gathering. An opportunity for wisdom, joy, solace, and community – followed by a healthy dose of caffeine, cake, and conversation. Gatherings include live music, a story for children, singing, poetry and literature, a talk from our minister, and time for sharing joys and sorrows.
The theme of this week's Gathering is 'Reconciling with Science'. Science and traditional religion have clashed through the centuries. When literal readings of ancient scriptures and myth conflict with scientific findings, religious people find themselves torn between what their religion teaches and scientific truth. They tend then to either stick with their tradition and ignore science or find looser. often metaphorical, ways to interpret their scriptures.
Non-religious people don't necessarily avoid this trap. For them, it is not religious teaching that they find in conflict with science but they find conflicts nonetheless. Homeopathy, the notion that everything 'natural' is best, and fear of GMO foods are all examples of this secular conflict with science.
We'll explore how to reconcile science with the natural tendency to form beliefs without robust evidence.