First Congregational Church of Berkeley and the United Church of Christ have a long-standing commitment to an open and fruitful dialog between religion and science.
Our congregation is blessed with many scientists, including the Rev. Dr. Robert Russell, who is a member of our church and also the director the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences at the Graduate Theological Union. Bob is in a Four-Way Ministerial Convenant with First Congregational which means that we honor and support his work as a minister in this special setting. Bob founded CTNS in 1981.
In the summer of 2016, Bob delivered three presentations on the work of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Charles Townes who did important work on science and religion, called "Exploring the Convergence of Science and Religion: Following in the Footsteps of Charlie Townes". You can also watch the three videos of the presentations.
Bob preached at First Congregational on June 8, 2008 and did a wonderful children?s sermon with Senior Minister Patricia de Jong.
Find out more about the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.
Read a statement put out by the United Church of Christ called "A Pastoral Letter on Faith Engaging Science and Technology."