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February 2017

“Our Cosmos, God’s Creation”

February 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Lutheran Chruch of the Ascension, 7607 Garden Gate Drive
Citrus Heights, CA United States
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From the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago through star and planet formation to the beginning of life on Earth 4.5 billion years ago, our cosmic story looks big. Really big! Our Milky Way Galaxy with 400 billion stars and perhaps even more planets is but one of billions of galaxies in a universe that may stretch 94 billion light years across. Why does God create on such a grand scale? Just what can little ol' Earth mean in this…

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March 2017

The Fruits of 50 Years of the Catholic-Lutheran Dialogue

March 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
St Paul Lutheran Church, 1100 Indian School Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Conference on The Fruits of 50 Years of the Catholic-Lutheran Dialogue Featured Speakers Reverend Brian Kachelmeier, M. Div. Pastor, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod Reverend Ted Peters, PhD. Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary Jakob Rinderknecht, PhD. Director of the Pastoral Institute University of the Incarnate Word The Conference fee is $25.00 per person. Checks made payable to: ASF Ecumenical and Interreligious Office and mail to…

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April 2017

“Astrotheology: Theological Speculation on Extraterrestrial Life”

April 23 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Drive
Oakland, CA 94611 United States
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Outer space vibrates with spiritual meaning within the human soul. Astrobiology and related space sciences thrill us with expectations and even hopes. This paper sets an agenda for the field of Astrotheology, asking: (1) Will confirmation of ETI cause terrestrial religion to collapse? (2) Can the scope of God’s creation include the entire cosmos? (3) What can we expect when we encounter ETI? (4) How can religious leaders prepare theologically and ethically to greet our new space neighbors? Our thesis…

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What’s All the Fuss over CRISPR/Cas9?

April 23 @ 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 1455 E Yosemite Ave
Merced, CA 95340 United States
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Geneticists are now using an efficient and inexpensive method of gene editing called CRISPR/Cas9. It has become routine to snip out an unwanted gene or insert a desirable gene. The day of the genetically engineered child is just about to dawn, as is the day for modifying or eliminating entire species such as mosquitoes. The US National Academy of Sciences is giving an entire year to study the ethical implications. What is the fuss? Why might this be important for…

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Astrotheology: Life & Intelligence

April 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Phoenix Marriott Mesa, 200 North Centennial Way / Arizona Ballroom E-G
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
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Ted Peters' scientific paper on: "Where's There's Life There Is Intelligence: Replacing ETI (Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life) with ETT (Extraterrestrial Technological Life)." AbSciCon (Astrobiology Science Conference) Origin and Evolution of Life:  Theory/Fundamental Questions

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May 2017

Luther & Copernicus: From Reformation to Revolution

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 20080 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546 United States
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2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses; we recall the hammer and nails of 1517 that sparked the Protestant Reformation. In 1543 Nicolaus Copernicus published his theory that the Earth orbits the Sun; and this sparked the Copernican Revolution. Are they connected? This is a historical mystery. Lutherans today love natural science. Could Copernicus be the reason? Host: Joshua Warfield: jwarfield@ses.gtu.edu

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July 2017

Rest for the Weary in a Weary Land

July 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Diamond Point Community Church, 842 Diamond Point Road at Highway 9N
Diamond Point, 12824 United States
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Ted Peters will be giving a Sermon titled "Rest for the Weary in a Weary Land" at Diamond Point Community Church.

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Created, Justified, and Sanctified: The Future of the Imago Dei in an Age of Technological Transformation.

July 19 - July 22
St Anne’s College Oxford, 56 Woodstock Rd
Oxford, OX2 6HS United Kingdom
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Ted's presentations: "Created, Justified, and Sanctified: The Future of the Imago Dei in an Age of Technological Transformation." Joint Conference on Biology and Religion Organized with the Ian Ramsey Centre on Science and Religion 19-22 July 2017 at St Anne’s College Oxford, UK

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October 2017

God and Human Suffering: Conversations on 21st Century Genetics and Our Shared Future

October 6 - October 7
Episcopal Conference Center of Utah, 75 South 700 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84102 United States
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A Faith and Science Workshop on Ethical Issues in Human Germ-line Editing Co-Sponsored by the University of Utah, Divisions of Medical Ethics & Humanities and Medical Genetics, Mount Tabor Lutheran Church of Salt Lake and the Episcopal Diocese of Utah Contact: Rev. David Nichols Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, ELCA www.mttaborslc.org  

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Homo Deus or Imago Dei? When do we creatures become gods?

October 16 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive
Lafayette, CA 94549 United States
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Can the human race use technology to elevate us from creatures into gods? "Having raised humanity above the beastly level of survival struggles, we will now aim to upgrade humans into gods, and turn Homo sapiens into Homo deus." 1 Yuval Noah Harari, among others, thinks deification is just around the technological corner. So also do transhumanists in the worldwide movement known as Humanity + or H+. Transhumanists are trying to craft together AI (Artificial Intelligence), IA (Intelligence Amplification), bio-nano-…

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