Evolution of the Cosmos

Grace Wolf-Chase


McCormick Theological Seminary, recipient of a grant from the “Science for Seminaries” project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) Program, is proud to announce its inaugural Science Event.

The universe displays an amazing web of interactive processes. What can we know of its origins, its evolution, and the prospects of life beyond planet Earth? We continually make new discoveries of planets in other star systems that may be habitable for life as we know it. Is there life out there? What will happen when we find it or when it finds us? And how do we think about these prospects as people of faith?

Please join us for “Stars, Planets, and Prospects for Extraterrestrial Life in our Interactive Cosmos” presented by Grace Wolf-Chase, Astronomer, Adler Planetarium. Grace Wolf-Chase is an Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium, an Associate at the University of Chicago, an Affiliated Faculty member of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, and Vice President of the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science (CASIRAS). Her position at the Adler integrates academic research in her field of expertise (star formation) with public education, particularly through engaging people around the world in “citizen science”. Wolf-Chase holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Arizona. A life-long Lutheran, she resides in Naperville, IL with her spouse, and she has 3 adult children.


February 28
Reception: 5:30
Public Presentation 6:30 to 8:00

This event is free and open to the public, though reservations are required. RSVP to Thehil Singh, tsingh@mccormick.edu or 773-947-6317.

Please also save the date for our second Science Event!

April 25, 2019
The Human Future: Technologies of Human Enhancement, Theological and Ethical Issues
Presenter: Ron Cole-Turner, Professor of Ethics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Learn more about the "Science for Seminaries" project

About AAAS
The Science for Seminaries project was made possible through the support of AAAS and a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.