The Adult Religious Exploration group studies a variety of topics both religious and secular. Join us every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. for an informative lecture and a lively discussion. Childcare is available upon request. Contact Frank Ruf, 316-650-3842, FDRUF93@hotmail.com.
Beginning August 14, the Adult RE group will view and discuss “The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence.” The series will follow the origin of the solar system, with its central Sun and eight major planets, from a swirling nebula of dust and gas 4.567 billion years ago. The course also explores how and why other planets differ from Earth. For the past 4 billion years, life and minerals have coevolved in astonishing ways. This course tours the epic, intertwined sweep of life and rocks, with such dramatic innovations as the rise of algae that produce oxygen by photosynthesis, the evolution of complex cells with nuclei, the near extinction of life during episodes of extreme cold, the emergence of multicellular animals and plants, the gradual transformation of the land to an emerald planet, and ultimately to the modern world that is being shaped in part by human activities.