Most of us, one advanced degree (or perhaps two in the same field) in hand, conclude our formal academic career. Some of us are more adventurous. In Win Some, Lose Some, Julie describes her adventuresome and highly successful foray into chemistry, and takes note of the conflict some folks see between religion and science.
Continuing the science and religion theme, chemistry professor, retreat leader, and spiritual writer Michelle Francl of Quantum Theology describes what happened when one of her students created an artificial intelligence version of her, interviewed her about her contemplative practice and science, and put the interview into a story tree algorithm. Unlike Julie, I tried to take a basic chemistry course three times post-college and could never get past the first week, so I sometimes have no idea what Michelle is talking about. The possibilities for connecting science and faith are nevertheless endlessly fascinating.
And while we’re on the subject, I don’t think that Margaret Blackie is a RevGal, but she’s another chemist and spiritual writer, as well as spiritual director, so you might like to get acquainted with her blog.
Science, poetry, prayer? Mary McKibben Dana of The Blue Room offers us a Mary Oliver poem on snow.
And finally . . .oh my . . . since I was playing around with science, which led me to snow, and since it is, after all, Advent, which for some of us is a difficult season indeed, I was led to this most marvelous post on incarnation by Deborah of Snow Day. How can we not be stopped by this sentence? “Death reminds us that bodies are the only way we know one another, the only medium we have for encounter.” It’s a beautiful post – yes, about grief, but also about that for which we wait.