Thursday, March 30, 2006

Evolution Press Release

KANSAS CHURCH TO TEACH EVOLUTION

Overland Park, KS, March 13, 2006 — The Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church will offer classes on the science of evolution during the month of April. The classes will be taught by biology professors and science teachers and will be held on Thursday evenings, April 6, 13, and 20 at 7:00 p.m. at 7725 W. 87th Street in Overland Park. Admission is free and open to the community.

Guest teachers and speakers will include: Dr. Dick Wilson, former Biology Department Chair at Rockhurst University, Dr. Leonard Krishtalka, Director of the KU Museum of Natural History, and Jack Krebs, President of Kansas Citizens for Science and a member of the Kansas Science Standards Writing Committee. The classes will conclude with a special guided tour of the KU Museum of Natural History at a later date.

“We are excited to offer these classes on the science of evolution as a ministry to the community,” says Rev. Thom Belote, minister at Shawnee Mission UU. “We hear a lot about evolution in the news, but most of us haven’t taken a biology class in 10, 20, or even 50 years. Whether you are a high school student getting ready for a test or someone who could use a refresher, this class will help you be more informed about evolution.”

The classes will give an overview of the theory of evolution, paying special attention to the evidence on which evolutionary science is based. The classes will also cover possible responses to critics of evolution. Please join us on Thursday evenings in April at 7:00 for this informative series of classes.

For additional information, Contact: Rev. Thom Belote at the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church in Overland Park. 913-381-3336, minister@smuuchurch.org.

Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church is a religious community of people engaged in worship and the celebration of life, personal and intellectual growth, caring and supportive fellowship, humanitarian service, and social action. We affirm individual freedom of belief, encourage each person's unique religious quest, and include people of diverse views and backgrounds. A Member Congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, we are located on 87th Street between Metcalf and Antioch in Overland Park.