It should come as no surprise there are no Lassen, Modoc or Plumas county churches participating in the upcoming Evolution Sunday event on 12 February 2006 to discuss the compatibility of science and religion. It could simply be that north state pastors are unaware of the event; however, I doubt the editors at the Lassen County Times will be advertising it with any enthusiasm. From the Evolution Sunday webpage:
On 12 February 2006 hundreds of Christian churches from all portions of the country and a host of denominations will come together to discuss the compatibility of religion and science. For far too long, strident voices, in the name of Christianity, have been claiming that people must choose between religion and modern science. More than 10,000 Christian clergy have already signed The Clergy Letter demonstrating that this is a false dichotomy. Now, on the 197th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, many of these leaders will bring this message to their congregations through sermons and/or discussion groups. Together, participating religious leaders will be making the statement that religion and science are not adversaries. And, together, they will be elevating the quality of the national debate on this topic.
If your church would like to join this national event, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your participation.
As noted, this is part of a broader effort called The Clergy Letter Project. Anti-evolutionists will be able to cite with glee the 400+ "scientists" who recently signed a letter stating their opposition to Darwinian evolution. These same people are ignoring the 10,000+ pastors, priests, deacons, and ministers who signed the Clergy Letter voicing their opinion that evolution is a "foundational scientific truth" that does not jeopardize Christian faith.