7 December 2022 |
This week, Gerald Winslow considers the Creator’s invitation to wonder about creation. With the Galapagos Islands as the backdrop, Dr. Winslow develops the thesis that creation is God’s gift to be celebrated, not debated—that we have spent too much time arguing about the how and when of creation, and not enough about the why. The hope is that in approaching creation with wonder, we may be liberated from some of the more tiresome debates about “creationism.”
Our discussion will focus on two kinds of wondering: amazement at the complexity of what we can observe in creation, and puzzlement about how creation continues to unfold.
As we approach the Christmas season, the gift of the Word of God that “shines in the darkness” may lighten our way more brightly through wonder. We’ll be invited to recall those places, experiences, books, teachers, or other resources that have most awakened both kinds of wonder – wondering at creation and wondering about creation.
Three things to read in preparation for this class:
Gerald R. Winslow is research professor of Religion at Loma Linda University (LLU) and founding director of the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership. He received his B.A. from Walla Walla University and M.A. from Andrews University. He then earned his PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Beyond his current roles at LLU, he has worked at Cambridge University, University of Virginia, and the University of Tübingen as a visiting scholar. Academically, Dr. Winslow has published multiple books, including Triage and Justice with the University of California Press and Facing Limits (edited also by James Walters) with Westview Press. His articles have appeared in academic journals such as the Western Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Pediatrics, the Hastings Center Report, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and General Dentistry. His expertise in biomedical ethics has been appreciated in lectures throughout North America, Australia, Europe, Russia, Africa, and Asia. He has also been consulted by major healthcare systems, pharmaceutical companies, and advisory boards.
Gina Jett is a retired attorney from Sacramento.
How to join:
One-click link Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82526066220
Passcode: The book of the Bible that records the creation of the world. SEVEN CHARACTERS, ALL CAPS.
ATSS starting time depends on where you are. If you’re on the west coast of the United States, it’ll be 10:30 AM. On the east coast, 1:30 PM. Please double-check the correct time where you live.
Times around the world:
- Reykjavík: 5:30 PM
- College Place: 10:30 AM
- Lincoln: 12:30 PM
- Denver: 11:30 AM
- Bracknell: 6:30 PM
- Berrien Springs: 1:30 PM
- Loma Linda: 10:30 AM
- Nairobi: 8:30 PM
- Gackle: 12:30 PM
- Hosur: 11:00 PM
- Waco: 12:30 PM
- Keene: 12:30 PM
- Helsinki: 8:30 PM
- Stockholm: 7:30 PM
- Hamburg: 7:30 PM
- Cape Town: 7:30 PM
- Madrid: 7:30 PM
- Paris: 7:30 PM
- Honolulu: 7:30 AM
- India (all): 12:00 PM (Sunday)
- Cooranbong: 5:30 AM (Sunday)
- Perth: 2:30 AM (Sunday)
The class is intended to last about 2 hours, though the conversation often continues to 4 PM (Eastern time).
About our class:
- The AT Sabbath Seminar is intended to be a courteous forum. We discuss and ask questions politely. We don’t accuse, get angry, or put people down.
- Stick to the topic in both comments and chat discussion.
- Make your comments and questions short—don’t dominate.
- Keep your microphones muted unless you are called upon to make your comment or ask your question.
- Indicate your interest in speaking by raising your electronic hand—under the “reactions” button.
- Please use your name when you sign in! Not your phone number, not your initials. This will help us differentiate you from unwelcome guests who want to disrupt us. You can set your name after signing on by clicking on the 3 dots next to your picture, which drops down a menu.
We look forward to getting acquainted with you!
- Jon Paulien
- Bill Knott
- Bryan Ness
- Tom deBruin
- Olive Hemmings
- Pilira Zapita
- Bill Cork
- Reinder Bruinsma