By Msgr. Laurence R. Bronkiewicz, S.T.D.
Pastor, Saint Mary Parish
October 9, 2013 (Ridgefield, Conn.) -- St. Mary’s Parish of Ridgefield (www.stmarysridgefield.org) will host “God and the Big Bang: Faith and Science Look at Cosmic Origins,” on Friday, November 8 from 7 - 9:30 pm. The event includes the viewing of the film, “Cosmic Origins,” and a discussion will follow. It will be held at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 183 High Ridge Avenue, Ridgefield. The event is co-sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi of Weston and St. Rose of Lima of Newtown. All are welcome, wine and cheese will be served and the suggested donation is $10 per person.
The post-film discussion will be led by two area experts -- astronomer and physicist, Brother Robert Novak, Ph.D. of Iona College, and Fairfield University’s Dr. Nancy Dallavalle.
Brother Novak is the Physics Department Chair, while Dr. Dallavalle is an Associate Professor and Religious Studies Chair. Both will offer brief reflections on the film and topic, after which there will be a question and answer session.
The speakers will delve into what science claims about our beginnings vs. what faith tells us. Attendees will also contemplate the contributions both science and faith have made to the search for truth about our universe and who we are. The moderator will be Dr. Glenn Sauer, the Biology and Biochemistry Chair at Fairfield University. Dr. Sauer is also the Director of the Templeton Foundation Project, “God and Modern Biology.”
For more information on “God and the Big Bang,” e-mail email@example.com or call St. Mary’s Parish office at (203) 438-6538.