This is an old site holding some of Jason's resources for celebrating the story of evolution as part of the Christian story. We linked to it because some of it may still be new and useful for people celebrating Evolution Sunday in 2020. It is Jason's work, not the work of Uniting Earth per se.
Worship resources for Evolution Sunday/Weekend, for groups or individuals.
Congregations are invited to participate in early February each year.
You can find a history of the project, a collection of letters by different denominations supporting the weekend, and various sermons hosted at the original site, where you can also sign on to let them know you are participating.
My PhD was in evolutionary biology's implications for the Christian story, writing as a minister within the Uniting Church in Australia. So I've included some resources below which I've prepared in the past in my role as an ecominister.
There are as mix of resources: some for congregations or Christians where evolution is simply assumed, and others where it is still a somewhat contested idea.
You can also read my PhD or the free book based on it, which includes the liturgy and reflections we used to explore
evolution for six weeks at the Adelaide Ecofaith Community
" Animals inside." A very basic introduction to the idea that our brains are comprised of elements of simpler animal brains, which still influence us, in helpful and unhelpful ways.
Paul's "Body of death" and other Christians' belief in demons inside us are now better explained by the metaphor of "animals inside"
This started as a kids talk but got a bit complicated. It has some deadpan moments (I had to hold still so I could do the animations later), but if this information is new to people, it would probably still be interesting.
It was originally filmed for Animal Sunday in the Season of Creation, so I should re-film the first 30s. But life is short.
Evolution and Genesis: mixed audience
What does it mean to be a human being? This reflection offers four possibilities, based on Genesis 1; Genesis 2; Jesus' thoughts on being a neighbour; and the evolutionary story which imagines us as family: perhaps the prodigal son.
An expansion on the evolution component of the above reflection: what it means to be human according to the story of our origins found in the theory of biological evolution.
For example, Genesis says that humans caused pain and death (literally or metaphorically), evolution says that pain and death have always existed, and are part of the processes that created humanity.
Christianity after Darwin radio interview (html/mp3)
An interview with Rachel Kohn on ABC's Spirit of things.
Who are we: Genesis 1, Genesis 2, Evolution html/ppt
A talk (audio and powerpoint) given at Adelaide University's Climate Futures Seminar in 2007.
Written to speak, so not the best grammar! Jesus' ministry is full of reminders that God's actions on earth are limited, something the triumphalist church often forgets with its insistence that God is in control. The evolution of life, instead of its special divine creation, emphasises the limitations of God's power to interact with the world in the short term, as does Jesus' healing of the leper, inability to do miracles at home, and crucifixion. Over the long term, God may still be drawing things to good.
Jesus treated women as equals, as did Paul, but the early church soon drifted back into patriarchy, as seen in some letters in the Bible. Their condemnation of women is rooted in a historical reading of Genesis, which Darwin helpfully undermined for us, helping us return to Jesus' original vision. Includes a brief kids talk too.
A poetic version of the story of life, including God's connection with it, echoing the rhythm of Genesis 1. I have written about five versions of this over the years: it keeps evolving I guess!
extra resources: music
"Ashes to Ashes"
Rev Dr Andrew Dutney, the new president of the Uniting Church wrote this song back in the 80s. Not specifically evolutionary, but sings about kinship we share with the Earth's creatures.
It ends with the question, "Where are the visions of hope for the Earth?"
This liturgy was based on water, and had both evolutionary and traditional elements in it. Sadly the final version is no longer on the UnitingJustice website, and this pdf has some images missing, but the text is ok. There's a ppt because that's all I had to write it with back in 2003, I've included it in case you want any of the slides.