Origins: a grace-filled conversation for followers of Christ
As followers of Jesus, what do we experience when we hear the words “faith and science”? For many of us, we may feel a tension—as if these terms were contradictory. Others of us may bristle as we recall the decades-long “battles” surrounding the origins debate. In fact, some of us may be tempted to avoid the subject altogether because we fear that it may create division among Christians.
The problem, however, is that (on origins and a host of other social issues) the seeds of division have already been sown. Not only that, they have sprouted, grown large, and choked out much of the Church’s witness to the wider world. As followers of Christ, we can no longer ignore this.
What we need is a new conversation. Could we imagine a new way of pursuing truth together that transforms us to love God and one another more? Could we have a faith and science conversation that builds community, expands our knowledge, and deepens our faith? And could we do this even if we don’t agree on every issue?
On January 27, 2017, Front Range Christian School (FRCS) will host a symposium sponsored by the Colossian Forum and the Veritas et Caritas Institute (VCI). We will come together to join in a new conversation on the topic of origins with two eminent scientists and followers of Christ, Dr. Todd Wood and Dr. Darrel Falk. The public forum runs 6:30-8:30pm in the performing arts center of the school. A short reception will follow the forum.
Our hope is that this event will help churches and schools across the Front Range to better understand not only issues of faith and science, but also the unity that can be found among a people convinced that “all things hold together in Christ.” (Colossians 1:17)
This symposium also features a daytime event for students (also on January 27). You can learn more about the student event and our speakers on our web page. If you would like to learn more about bringing your students to the daytime symposium, please contact Dr. Kevin Taylor, Director of the Veritas et Caritas Institute, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a minimum age requirement or ID needed to enter the event?
No. You do not really even need to bring your tickets, as registration is more for the event organizers to plan for the appropriate number of guests than a requirement for entry. There is no minimum age for this event, though it is designed for older students (secondary school and higher) and adults. It may be best to find a sitter for younger children. Childcare is not provided for this event.
Where should I park for the event?
There is plenty of parking at Front Range Christian School. We recommend entering via the "Main Entrance to Parking Lot" (see map below), as the bulk of the parking is there. You will then enter the junior/senior high through the west doors of that east wing. There will be signs to guide you.
What can I bring into the event?
You are not required to bring anything to this forum except an open mind ready to engage in a grace-filled conversation. However, please note the following:
- Food and beverages are not permitted within the performing arts center.
- For the benefit of all in attendance, we encourage you to turn off your mobile phones and devices for this event.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
If you have questions about this event, please contact Dr. Kevin Taylor, the director of the Veritas et Caritas Institute at Front Range Christian School: email@example.com.
What is the reception?
The reception is provided to continue the conversation begun during the symposium. Both speakers will be available to meet, and light desserts and coffee will be served. There is no fee for the reception.