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3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

Founder of The Clergy Letter Project

to discuss evolution at Manchester on Oct. 11

Biologist and author Michael Zimmerman, who founded The Clergy Letter Project to promote teaching evolution in public schools, will lecture Thursday, Oct. 11 at Manchester University. The public is welcome at the free 3:30 p.m. convocation in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester Campus.

“The Clergy Letter Project is an endeavor designed to demonstrate that religion and science can be compatible and to elevate the quality of the debate of this issue,” says Zimmerman on the Project’s website. The project has gathered more than 13,000 signatures from Christian, Jewish and Unitarian Universalist clergy in support of teaching evolution.

“I wanted to let the public know that numerous clergy from most denominations have tremendous respect for evolutionary theory and have embraced it as a core component of human knowledge, fully harmonious with religious faith,” says Zimmerman, vice president of academic affairs and provost for The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

Zimmerman is author of Science, Nonscience, and Nonsense: Approaching Environmental Literacy. His articles have been published on editorial pages of newspapers across the nation, and his research in ecology has the support of the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture and the American Philosophical Society.

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