Thursday, July 9, 2009

Society of Ordained Scientists

As of this morning I am officially The Rev'd. Amelia Hagen, SOSc. It was really quite wonderful being with this group of men and women whose interests span both science and theology. The fields of science, medicine and technology that are represented are quite varied. There were five of us who became members this morning. We need to renew our commitment in a year. At that point we can commit for three years and after that we can commit for life. The Rule of the Society is:
  1. To pray daily for the aims of the Society and for its members.
  2. To remember the Society and its members regularly at public worship. (when appropriate)
  3. To endeavor to attend the annual gathering and retreat of the Society.
The aims are:
  1. To offer to God in our ordained role the work of science and technology in the exploration and stewardship of creation.
  2. To express both the commitment of the Church to the scientific and technological enterprise and our concern for its impact on the world.
  3. To develop a fellowship of prayer for ordained scientists by the following of a common rule.
  4. To support each other in our vocation.
  5. To serve the Church in its relation to science and technology.
I had wanted to join this fellowship after I was first ordained, but the time commitment of my work as an interim made this nearly impossible. Attending the annual meetings just wasn't on. Now I feel that by doing part-time interims, I will have time and energy to commit to the Society.

13 comments:

Brian R said...

Congratulations

motheramelia said...

Thank you. I've not been able to do much to update my blog since then. My connection is spotty. Guess it will have to wait till I get home.

Doorman-Priest said...

Good for you. There's not enough of this. Science and religion have been placed in a false war by fundamentalists.

motheramelia said...

The war was real enough after Newton. In a deterministic world you can make the case that if there is a God, she just started the whole thing going and let it be. With quantum physics, people realize that the cosmos is far more surprising that we could imagine and its character seems to leave room for God's action.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

God is more surprising than we could imagine...

mamabicki said...

Amelia+ (SOSc!!), I'm enjoying your posts with much interest.

motheramelia said...

Yes, Goran and I expect that God will continue to have more surprises in store for us. mamabicki, thank you for reading them.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Congratulations, Amelia Hagen, SOSc. It sounds like a wonderful organization. I'm pleased that you're finally "in".

motheramelia said...

Mimi, I'm pleased also. Next year's meeting will be near Whitby, so I'll get to see some of the country you visited on your last trip. I also hope I'll get to see a friend in Scotland. We couldn't get together this year. She had originally planned on coming to Vienna, but she's also in the middle of moving.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Amelia, don't fail to work in a visit to Whitby and the Abbey.

motheramelia said...

I definitely plan on doing that.

IT said...

The war is still real alas.

Glad such an organization exists.

IT, scientist.

motheramelia said...

IT, One of the things I've promised is to serve the church in its relation to science and technology. Trying to figure out how I'm going to do this.