This website is the work of Bruce Booher.I am an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), and serve as Pastor of First Lutheran Church of Plano, Illinois.I studied astronomy and physics as an undergraduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.This website is one of the ways I share with others my interest in the role of mystery, awe and wonder in faith and science.

 

I serve on the Steering Committee of the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology. I encourage you to visit the website of the Alliance - http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/Social-Issues/Faith-Science-and-Technology.aspx

 

I am also part of chr-astro, an email list for professional astronomers who are Christians. (Although I am not a professional astronomer, I have been allowed to be part of this group.)I encourage you to check out the Resources page of their website -http://www.calvin.edu/~dhaarsma/chr-astro/resources.html

 

I give presentations and lead workshops, courses and retreats on faith and science, focusing especially on the role of mystery, awe and wonder.To learn more about these events or to inquire about having me come and speak to your group, please email me at starpastor@alum.mit.edu

 

I have given presentations on faith and science in the following settings:

 

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Beaumont, TX

Faith Lutheran Church, Dickinson, TX

First Lutheran Church, Plano, IL

House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Houston, TX

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Yorkville, IL

Lakeside Lutheran Church, League City, TX

Peace Lutheran Church, Pasadena, TX

St. Timothy Lutheran Church (Menís Retreat), Naperville, IL

Trinity Lutheran Church, Liberty, TX

Trinity Lutheran Church, Orange, TX

Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, Columbus, OH

Calder Baptist Church, Beaumont, TX

First Christian Church, Woodward, OK

First Christian Church, Valdosta, GA

St. Stephen Episcopal Church, Beaumont, TX

First Presbyterian Church, Fairbanks, AK

Temple Emmanuel Synagogue, Beaumont, TX

Youth Science Club, with parents, Moody Church, Chicago, IL

ELCA Churchwide Offices, Brown Bag Lunch Group

Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Science and Theology Discussion Group

Houston Science and Religion Discussion Group, Melanchthon Institute

Kiwanis Club, Beaumont, TX

Rotary Club, Plano, IL

Congregational Resourcing Event of the Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA (four times)

 

I presented 4 week courses on Standing in Awe for the Melanchthon Institute at:

 

Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, TX

Living Word Lutheran Church, Katy, TX

House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Houston, TX

 

I also presented this course at Peace Lutheran Church, Pasadena, TX (in cooperation with the Melanchthon Institute)

 

I have presented workshops at:

 

Rediscovering Cosmos Conference, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza

TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod Assembly

TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod Sr. High Gathering (Awareness Speaker)

TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod Jr. High Gathering

ELCA Global Mission Events in: ††††† Atlanta, GA

Seguin, TX

Denver, CO

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hickory, NC

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bozeman, MT

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Baltimore, MD

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Columbus, Ohio

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† La Crosse, Wisconsin

 

I have led Weekend of Wonder retreats at Camp Lutherhill, LaGrange TX (five times); Caroline Furnace Camp, Fort Valley, VA; and Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center, Oregon, IL (twice).