Faith and Science theme of July edition of “Wonder” young adult blog


The July 2012 edition of “Wonder,” the blog of the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries, is now available.  This month’s theme is “Faithful Scientists” and features reflections and articles by professional scientists who maintain a life of faith.

In his article “Hypothesizing Faith”, Dr. John Coroneus, a physics professor, reflects on the scientific method as it relates to scripture, belief, and God’s revelation. William Kopcha, a high school Chemistry and Physics teacher, reflects on the spiritual lessons that his scientific work as taught him in “The Evidence of Things Unseen”.  Dr. Gayle Woloschak, a noted scientist, explores faith and science through the lends of Saint Maximus the Confessor in her article “Approaching Science with the Mind of the Fathers”. In “Become Like Children” Matushka Manna Whitfield reflects on her experience of being a science teacher who is now married to a priest. Lastly, in her article “In Wisdom He Has Made Them All”, Dr. Demetra Perlegas uses the Akathist “Glory to God for All Things” to explore the relationship between her faith and her scientific work.

The theme of the August edition of Wonder, “Time for the Lord to Act: Reflections on Liturgy,” will feature articles about our liturgical tradition and the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. The deadline for submissions is August 10.  As always, readers are invited to submit articles, creative writing, artwork, poetry, photos, and videos for future installments. Suggested topics are always welcome.  Send all materials and comments to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Additionally, the Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries is making back articles of “Wonder” available for download in .pdf format with discussion questions. Currently, Volume 1 (articles from 2010) is available, and Volumes 2 and 3 will be added in the coming weeks.

“Since the department began ‘Wonder’ originally to help provide content for youth groups and discussions, we are happy to offer past articles in .pdf format for easier downloading and printing,” said Andrew Boyd, managing editor of the blog and department chair. “We are also adding discussion questions to the .pdf’s to give people a place to start if they are using them in a group setting. It is are hope to also add some past articles in Spanish.

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