Connections, not contradictions: Educators examine faith and science

Educators examine faith and science

In Catholic schools, our faith and scientific study connect with each other, rather than contradict – and educators spent a recent summer day learning ways of helping students see those connections.

Science and theology teachers from around the Diocese of Grand Rapids gathered at Aquinas College on June 14 to learn from Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, and Dr. Daniel Wagner. They discussed the beauty of God’s world and our ability to explore it through science. Teachers also collaborated with each other, examining curriculum standards and sharing best practices.

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The faith and science conference was just one opportunity for Catholic school educators to continue their professional development, even after students have gone home for the summer. See photos from the conference in the tweets embedded below.

Dr Daniel Wagner @AquinasCollege reminds us: “Students are starving for truth... They want to think about the world.” We explored: What is nature? #DOGRCathEd

— Jill Annable (@JillAnnable) June 14, 2018

Sr Damien Marie Savino: “God had given us the intellect to see the patterns of the world & interpret these patterns of reality.” @AquinasCollege @dogrschools

— Jill Annable (@JillAnnable) June 14, 2018

Jill Annable and Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, planned and conducted an excellent day of learning and workshop with Religion and Science teachers collaborating on the long friendship the Church had between Faith and Science.

— David Faber (@dfaber7) June 15, 2018


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