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    May 03, 2015 6:32 PM GMT
    Science, Faith, and Belief in God

    13 Week Series, April 26 – July 19, 2015

    Rev. Walt Marcum, Dr. Thom McFaul, & Dr. Al Brunsting

    The first seven weeks will be presented by Walt Marcum. It will include an introduction to science, faith, and the historic relationship between the two. It will also cover recent developments in science that are relevant to the science-faith dialogue, including: Einstein’s theories of relativity, cosmology and the Big Bang, the anthropic principle and quantum physics.

    The second seven weeks will be presented by Dr. Thom McFaul and Dr. Al Brunsting. Drs. Thomas R. McFaul and Al Brunsting have a unique partnership. McFaul brings to their relationship a background in religion, ethics, social sciences, and futures studies. He has written many articles and six books, including The Future of God in the Global Village. Brunsting is a physicist who holds fifteen US and more than fifty foreign patents. He is an international winner of the Bayer Corporation’s award for technical achievement and author of many scientific articles.

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    May 03, 2015 6:43 PM GMT
    Who's birthday was it recently?
    Answer: Hubble (25 years)

    We've learned more about the universe with Hubble in the last 25 years than what we've learned without it with other scientific tools before.
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    May 03, 2015 6:44 PM GMT
    We know there are trillions not billions of galaxies, thanks to Hubble.
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    May 03, 2015 7:10 PM GMT
    Christianity was created in the science of the day: Ptolemaic Science

    Genesis 1 is pre-Ptolemaic

    Newtonian Science replaced Ptolemaic Science

    Newtonian Science is somewhat replaced by Quantum Science
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    May 03, 2015 7:26 PM GMT
    United Methodist Church General Conference (every 4 years)


    More than a dozen U.S. annual conferences are petitioning General Conference on the church’s stance and statements on homosexuality.

    More than half urge delegates either to remove discriminatory language from or add inclusive language to the Social Principles. Others propose removing bans on clergy performing same-gender marriage or civil unions or holding those ceremonies at United Methodist churches. Some would remove prohibitions against practicing homosexuals being certified as clergy candidates, ordained or appointed in the church.

    At least one annual conference seeks to uphold the current language regarding homosexuality.

    The General Board of Church and Society is petitioning to strike two statements from the Social Principles: “The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching;” and “Although all persons are sexual beings whether or not they are married, sexual relations are affirmed only with the covenant of monogamous, heterosexual marriage.” The petition seeks to add the statement, “As a denomination, we are conflicted regarding homosexual expressions of human sexuality.”

    Since 1972, the subject of homosexuality has been debated and discussed at every General Conference. While delegates have consistently voted to keep the Discipline’s stance against the practice of homosexuality and the candidacy, ordination and appointment of self-avowed practicing homosexuals, disagreement about the issue continues.

    In mid-2011, at least 900 active and retired United Methodist clergy around the United States signed pledges affirming their willingness to perform same-sex unions. At the same time, 33 retired United Methodist bishops, including two from central conferences, called on the church to remove its ban on homosexual clergy. In response, more than 2,500 United Methodist clergy and 12,000 laity signed letters urging the Council of Bishops to take a public stand supporting the denomination’s position. In November, following the council meeting, the bishops issued a statement declaring their commitment to their covenant “to uphold The Book of Discipline as established by General Conference.” The statement also acknowledges the denomination’s “deep disagreements over homosexuality.”

    In June 2011, the church wrestled with the issue in a public church trial for the seventh time in 20 years. The Rev. Amy DeLong, a lesbian clergy member of the Wisconsin Annual Conference, was charged with violating the church’s ban on non-celibate, gay clergy and its prohibition against clergy officiating at same-sex unions. Acquitted of being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual,” DeLong was found guilty of celebrating a same-gender union. The trial court suspended her from ministerial functions for 20 days and sentenced her to a yearlong process to “restore the broken clergy covenant relationship.”

    The sentence marked the first time in 20 years in which a United Methodist elder was not stripped of his or her clergy credentials or placed on indefinite suspension. Although the Rev. Greg Dell was initially suspended indefinitely in 1999, the North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals later amended the suspension to one year. Observers said DeLong’s sentence is indicative of the division over the issue.

    The 2008 General Conference rejected language acknowledging the church’s disagreement on homosexuality and retained language describing homosexual practice as incompatible with Christian teaching.

    Delegates in 2008 also adopted wording stating “all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God” and calling United Methodists to “seek to live together in Christian community, welcoming, forgiving and loving one another, as Christ has loved and accepted us.”

    Delegates retained statements asking “families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends” and approved a resolution to oppose homophobia and heterosexism, saying the church opposes “all forms of violence or discrimination based on gender, gender identity, sexual practice or sexual orientation.”
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    May 03, 2015 7:30 PM GMT
    Quantum Computing News

    1 May 2015