This year, a group of Sinai and Synapses Fellows gathered on Darwin Day to offer their personal stories on how they have experienced the conflict between science and religion in their lives.
Reverend John Van Sloten is a Calgary-based writer, teacher and pastor (Calgary Community Reformed Church). His first book, The Day Metallica Came to Church; Searching for the Everywhere God in Everything (2010) looks for glimpses of God in pop culture. His second, Every Job a Parable; What Walmart Greeters, Nurses and Astronauts tell us about God (2017) listens for God’s words at work. His third book (in process) is God Speaks Science: How I learned to Practice God’s Empirical Presence. Since 2011 John has participated in four John Templeton Foundation sub-grants exploring how to preach scientific texts.
When your mask limits your ability to communicate clearly, perhaps you could let that moment remind you of the countless souls whose voices are never heard.
The truth is one day we will all die. COVID-19 is forcing us to ask how we will choose to live.
I am going to be thankful as I face this epidemic, and prudent, and prayerful (for those who’ve lost loved ones and are struggling to catch their next breath).