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Science, God and being human in the universe

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 9:39 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb will host Gary Kowalski, author of “Science and the Search for God,” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7. A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Divinity School, Kowalski is the author of seven books on spirituality, nature, history and science, including “The Souls of Animals,” “The Bible According To Noah,” and “Revolutionary Spirits: The Enlightened Faith of America’s Founding Fathers.” His work has been published in seven languages, voted a “Reader’s Favorite” by the Quality Paperback Book Club, and appeared in periodicals like Tikkun and Yoga Journal.

An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Kowalski is the interim pastor at the Community Church of Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

“How do people of faith grapple with findings of science, and how do we explore differing ideas about the divine?” UUFD pastor Rev. Linda Slabon asked. “Many of us in the faith community ask questions about the cosmos, evolutionary consciousness, and our relationship to our earth and her creatures.”

Kowalski’s talk is free and open to the public. The doors at the church, 158 N. Fourth St. in DeKalb, will open at 6:15 p.m. for a reception and book signing. The topic of Kowalski’s talk will be “Celebrating Our Kinship With All Creation.” In this talk, Kowalski will share the journey that led him to appreciate nature as a sacrament and to rediscover the ancient knowledge that other species are not so different from ourselves. He suggests that a new respect for the creatures who share the Earth with humans is essential to healing the planet’s environmental crisis and is key to our own inner peace.

Kowalski will preach the sermon “At Home in the Cosmos” at the 10 a.m. service at the UUFD on Sunday, March 9. Last fall, Voyager One became the first human artifact to leave our solar system and travel into interstellar space. As modern science explores the question “are we alone?”, Kowalski suggests the groundwork is being laid for a new spirituality. 

“We invite members of the the community to bring books for signing and come with your questions, your curiosity, and with your fervent heart,” Slabon said.

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