The General Conference Faith and Science Committee and the North American Division Office of Education presented an 8-day conference of “Affirming Creation”, July 6-14, 2017 in St. George Utah.
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New documentary by Compass Cinema.
How can we savor the gift of creation if we don’t take time to celebrate it? Every year, the General Conference @TheAdventistChurch designates a Sabbath in October as “Creation Sabbath,” when churches and individuals are encouraged to live a special worship experience with an emphasis on creation and the Creator. This year, Creation Sabbath falls on October 22, and this month our FB posts @GeoscienecResearchInstitute will offer links and suggestions in preparation for this day. Most excitingly, we will be releasing a new GRI production on the eve of Creation Sabbath. Keep us posted on your initiatives for this special day using the hashtag #CreationSabbath.
When studying nature, our inquisitive minds are very active in generating questions. How does this system work? Why do such phenomena occur? When did that feature form? Questions are at the heart of research and discovery. However, in the pursuit of answers it is sometimes possible to grow tired and discouraged when realizing our limitations. What is the best attitude when facing the unknown? This month we will discuss the subject of the search for answers, taking inspiration from some biblical passages.
Caption “the GRI team ready for a new adventure”
Cenozoic “fossil forests.” One of the sites where GRI was involved in scientific research happens to be in Cenozoic strata! You might have heard of the Yellowstone fossils forests, in Wyoming (USA). Here, several layers containing erect petrified tree stumps are found stacked above each other. A traditional model, envisaging cyclical slow growth and sudden in place burial of successive forests, was challenged by our research. An alternative model of formation was developed, involving mass-transport or flotation of the logs during or after catastrophic events. You can see a direct account of this fascinating study in the words of the late Harold Coffin, one of the main GRI investigators in this project.
The great Christmas Bird Count (CBC) story – Once upon a time, people would go out in teams on Christmas day and hunt as many birds and animals as they could. The team with the highest number won. However, in 1900 Frank Chapman an officer of the early Audubon Society noticed a decline in bird populations and suggested that instead of hunting the birds, people should count them. Thus began the CBC. That first year, 25 counts were done with a total of 89 species counted.
Interested in seeing what birds were counted? You can see the list at the link below: