|Dear WesleyNexus Colleague:
We at WesleyNexus want to thank you for your time and interest in engaging, promoting and
expanding the science and religion dialogue. WesleyNexus is committed to the Wesleyan way of
understanding that embraces not only scripture and tradition but the lights of reason and experience as
well. Known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, these four sources of authority enable faith and science
to work together to deepen our knowledge of the world and our relationship with the One on whom
the world depends. In this holiday season, we wish you the fullest of blessings and a chance to share
them with those whom you hold dear.
There are a few items to which we wish to draw your attention to before the year comes to a close.
WesleyNexus to Sponsor Video Presentation on February 10, 2013.
With the help of a dedicated team of local United Methodists in Montgomery County, Maryland,
WesleyNexus is proud to announce the showing of the Darkwood Brew (www.darkwoodbrew.org)
telecast of Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith at the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference
Mission Center in Fulton, MD. The program will feature Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase, astrophysicist with
the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Dr. Wolf-Chase is a member of the American Astronomical
Society, a Founding Member of the Astrobiology Society, and an Affiliated Faculty Member of the
Zygon Center for Religion & Science. She is also actively involved with Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America (ELCA), where she has given invited presentations at large gatherings, including a Western
States Youth Gathering, a Conference of Bishops, and a Global Mission Event.
Also participating will be the Reverend Bruce Booher. Rev. Booher studied astronomy and physics
at MIT as an undergraduate and is currently on the Steering Committee of the Lutheran Alliance for
Faith, Science and Technology. This committee participates in the inter-denominational Ecumenical
Roundtable on Science, Technology and the Church in “engaging, connecting, and communicating
good science in our ecumenical church communities”.
The host of the program will be Rev. Eric Elnes Ph. D. of Countryside Community Church (UCC) in
Omaha, NE. Dr. Elnes is the leader of Darkwood Brew, “a groundbreaking interactive web television
program and spiritual gathering that explores progressive/emerging Christian faith and values”.
The Baltimore-Washington Conference Mission Center is located just south of Columbia, MD off of
Route 29 in Fulton, MD. The address is 11711 East Market Place, Fulton, MD. The telecast begins
at 6:00 PM EST but space is limited so arrive early to seat.
For those too far from the center to attend, think of hosting your own event. The telecast is free and
available on the Darkwood Brew website listed above. Early next year, we will be posting information
and materials you can use to host your own event. WesleyNexus will be actively seeking other
congregations during January who wish to host a viewing, and we expect to have several top-flight
scientists and theologians available to participate in your own local discussion, If you wish to schedule
an event, please let us know (email@example.com) . We will post your event on our web site.
Also, be sure to register your event with the Evolution Weekend site by sending your location
information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith in Action
WesleyNexus recognizes the wide diversity of perspectives held among those whose faith is derived
from the Wesleyan tradition. We acknowledge and celebrate this diversity. With the terrible tragedy
last week in Connecticut where 26 of our vulnerable children and their teachers were subject to a
senseless act of violence, we at WesleyNexus feel compelled to offer an opportunity to make ourselves
heard by our elected officials. If you feel so called, we invite you to sign an internet petition to change
our nation’s gun laws regarding access to firearms. The petition can be found here. If you prefer not
to engage on this issue, perhaps you will find another avenue to join with friends and colleagues to
address broader issues of violence in our society.
Closer to Truth
Closer to Truth is a website that contains an incredibly rich and
diverse set of video resources related to the science and religion
discussion. Contributors such as Ian Barbour, David Chalmers,
Paul Davies, Owen Gingerich, John Polkinghorne… this list goes
on and on, provide interviews on such subjects as “Did the
Universe Have a Beginning?”, “Does God Make Sense?”, and
“Did God Create Evil?”.
As it says on its web site, “Closer to Truth explores fundamental issues of universe, brain/mind,
religion, meaning and purpose through intimate, candid conversations with leading scientists,
philosophers, scholars, theologians and creative thinkers of all kinds. The shows are a rich visual
experience, shot entirely on location in high definition with multiple cameras generating rich production
values. The visual lushness of the high definition, on-location productions, combined with the
intriguing titles of the shows, builds audiences already interested in mankind's greatest questions.” To
check out Closer to Truth yourself, click here.
One final thing – if you have read this far, it signals that you are interested in our work and have
some appreciation of what we are attempting. In 2013, we hope to upgrade our website and provide
the capability for interactive communication, perhaps even a discussion thread in a forum on pertinent
topics. That requires resources beyond what we have available to us. WesleyNexus has been approved
by the IRS as a charitable, educational entity (EIN # 27-1087193). We make it easy for you to donate
as you consider your end-of-year philanthropy. Just go to our web page (www.wesnex.org) and look
at the upper left menu – you’ll see a donate button through the secure services of PayPal. You don’t
even have to be a PayPal member – you can contribute as a guest and sign up later if you’d like. We
are operating on a very frugal budget under $10,000, supplied mostly by our Board members and
occasional events. So we are greatly appreciative of the help we can receive from participants in our
network – LIKE YOU. All contributions will be acknowledged in writing. Thank you for every
consideration you can give to this opportunity.
Again, have a wonderful holiday season.
Rick Barr, Secretary, WesleyNexus
|December 20, 2012