Is science driving emerging adults from religion? Our Sinai and Synapses Fellows discuss.
Rev. Dr. Ruth Shaver is a transitional ministry specialist with standing in the United Church of Christ. She is currently the Interim Pastor and Teacher of The Congregational Church of Mansfield, UCC, in Mansfield, MA. She previously served congregations in Attleboro, MA; Schellsburg, PA; and North Conway, NH. As a pastor, her focus is on congregational empowerment by creating a culture of experimentation and learning. Her other interests lie in non-seminary ministerial preparation through PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc., where she is the chair of the Academic Council, a course facilitator, a course writer, and secretary of the board of directors; and helping people discover that science and faith are not incompatible. Her doctoral dissertation from Lancaster Theological Seminary was an intergenerational, hands-on science curriculum for church use. She is also an alumna of the Sinai and Synapses Fellowship, 2017-2019 cohort. She co-hosted the webinar series “Science for the Road Ahead” for the United Church of Christ in the summer of 2020, which focused on the many areas of science that affect the ways that churches can operate during the pandemic. Rev. Dr. Shaver holds a BA in Soviet and Eastern European Studies from the College of Liberal arts and an M.Div. from the School of Theology, both at Boston University. She resides in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where she enjoys cooking, reading, and binge watching science fiction television shows.