World Space Week is the largest space event on Earth. More than 5,000 events in over 80 countries celebrated the theme “Space Unites the World” in 2018. The 2019 theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.”
“The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition”
UN General Assembly resolution, 6 December 1999
Humanity’s robots have visited every planet in the solar system; and fifty years ago humans even walked on the Moon. The contrast between “the World” and “the Cosmos” is becoming blurred, even as we are learning just how big the Cosmos is. We need to understand that all those other planets are real places, part of the same universe created by God and redeemed by the Incarnation. This presents a glorious opportunity for us to come to grips with what it means to be a creature, and what it means to be redeemed… and to truly appreciate the words of the Psalmist: When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.
A one hour event in Glasgow University Memorial Chapel with potentially the most diverse audience of the week: university students, Catholic trainee teachers, Christians from Glasgow Diocese and Glasgow Presbytery as well as senior students from local schools. They will come to hear from an interesting person who knows interesting things and will communicate them in an interesting way!
Session one: Creation and Genesis 1 (half hour)
Genesis does not tell us the science of how the universe was created. Rather, and more importantly, it tells us why we should care.
Session two: Talking Faith and Science (half hour)
How can a person of faith and science talk about either, in a way that can reach those who are skeptical of either (or both)? And what do we learn about our own faith and our own science, when we describe either to others?
Session three: Extended Q&A