In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a time of urgent concerns about a mission of stewardship, and sometimes sharp differences among people of faith in understandings of the ‘Creator’ and the ‘Creation,’ the discussion presents an opportunity to learn about another traditional approach to our relationship with the natural world.
The presentation and discussion will be held Sunday, February 14 at 11:00 am, followed by refreshments, at St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville, VA. All are welcome.
Roger is the author of two nationally acclaimed books dealing with the frontier history of Pennsylvania during the American Revolution; Turtle is a member of and clan mother for the Southeastern Woodland Indian Loyalist Confederacy.
Evolution Weekend was founded in 2005 by The Clergy Letter Project to counter the undermining of evolutionary science and the belief that faith and science are incompatible. Attacks on evolution have often also defamed Charles Darwin as an enemy of compassion and morality, falsely associating his work with the unrelated concept of “social darwinism.” In fact, Darwin’s writing “reveals caring, love, moral evolution and education as the prime drivers” of human advancement toward justice and compassionate community, says the Rev. Don Prange, pastor of St. James UCC.