“The most beautiful and deepest experience a [person] can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as of all serious endeavor in art and in science …” – Albert Einstein
Awe and wonder have powerfully affected me in so many ways. They add a lens through which I understand my faith more deeply and they inspire my love of science, especially astronomy. I believe that awe is a vital dimension of life, but one that is sadly lacking in many people’s experience. Without awe, life becomes flat; without wonder, people become hollow.
My goal is to help people stop long enough to discover experiences that elicit awe and wonder in them, and use their experiences to enrich and deepen everyday life. On this website, you will find resources I have found meaningful as well as some materials I have written.
– Bruce Booher
At this scale, the next nearest star, Alpha Centauri, would be 6260 miles from the Sun! Also, at this scale, the Moon would be about 4 inches from the earth and would be a tiny ball about 1/32 of an inch in diameter. This scale model provides a powerful witness to the immense size of God’s creation.
The advances of biology have revolutionized the view we have of ourselves and our significance in the world. Many myths have had to be abandoned. But mystery remains, more profound and more beautiful than ever before, a reality almost inaccessible to our feeble human means.
The trouble with most of us isn’t active or deliberate wickedness; it’s lethargy, absence of caring, lack of involvement in life. To keep our bodies comfortable and well-fed and entertained seems to be all that matters.
Because I love to share these vital and life-deepening experiences, I offer retreats, presentations and star parties. My goal is to help people stop long enough to discover experiences that elicit awe and wonder in them, and use their experiences to enrich and deepen everyday life.
My favorite church memory is attending a faith and science retreat led by ELCA pastor Bruce Booher with several members of my congregation. The sheer wonder of creation is sadly often lost in day-to-day life.