Summer 2015 Series begins June 3!

The Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum is pleased to announce our second summer discussion series. We will use the book Origins by Deborah and Loren Haarsma as a starting point for our discussions – the origin of the universe, of life, and of humanity. Members of the forum will lead the discussions each week in June and July. In August, the Haarsmas will visit and give three keynote lectures and have a chance to meet with members of the community. Our hope is that these lectures and discussions will be interesting and accessible to all members of the community interested in faith and science, no matter what religion or scientific background. Talks will be aimed at a general audience.

The summer series begins on June 3 and continues every Wednesday through the end of July at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill. Dinner will be provided at 6 pm, with a presentation at 6:30 and discussion at 7pm, ending around 8 pm. Deborah and Loren Haarsma will visit the first week of August and give presentations the evenings of August 4 – 6 using rented space at PEEC. All are welcome.

About the book:
When it comes to the history of the universe, many believe that science and faith are mutually exclusive. In the book “Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design”, physics professors Deborah and Loren Haarsma explore what God’s Word AND God’s world teach us about creation, evolution, and intelligent design. Clearly explaining the science, the authors focus on areas where Christians agree. They also present the strengths and weaknesses of areas where Christians differ.
“Origins” helps develop a deeper understanding of the origins of the universe and sort out views on faith and science. More information is available online at

About the Haarsmas:

Deborah & Loren Haarsma are professors in the Physics & Astronomy Department at Calvin College. Deborah (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology) researches galaxies and cosmology; Loren (Ph.D., Harvard University) studies electrical activity of nerve cells. Deborah is also the director of the Biologos Foundation (founded by Francis Collins). Together, they have explored the science and theology of origins, speaking at numerous conferences, colleges, and churches.

All posts relating to this summer series can be found through the Summer 2015 tag.



The Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum (LAF&SF) is an incorporated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to “invite people to join in exploring together the mysteries of faith and science by looking deeply into both”.

We are pleased to announce our fourth summer series, starting on Wednesday, May 31, 6:00-8:00pm at the Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Church in Los Alamos. The theme for this summer is “Hope: Science, Religion and the Future”. A light dinner will be served at 6pm, a presentation at 6:30pm, large group discussion, and then small group discussions.

Our guest speaker this summer is distinguished theologian John Haught of Georgetown University who will present two lectures on Thursday June 22 and Friday June 23. His lectures are titled “Science, Religion, and Cosmic Purpose” and “Evolution and Faith: What Is at Stake”.

Our summer 2017 series is below. Please join us!

  • Hope, Hopelessness and the Future on May 31, Nels Hoffman
  • Science of Hope on June 7, Gerry Wood
  • Evolution and Hope on June 14, Morrie Pongratz
  • Science, Religion and Cosmic Purpose at 7pm, June 22 at Fuller Lodge, John Haught
  • Evolution and Faith: What is at Stake? at 7pm, June 23 at Fuller Lodge, John Haught
  • Hopelessness on June 28, Bob Reinovsky
  • Looking into the Future on July 12, Dan Winske
  • Technology and Hope on July 19, Chick Keller
  • Religions and Hope on July 26, Rabbi Jack Shlachter and Pr. Nicole’ Ferry

All are welcome to our summer 2017 series.