Connie Bertka

Connie Bertka

Dr. Connie Bertka, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)
Unitarian Universalist
Independent Consultant,
Science and Society Resources
Visiting Professor
Wesley Theological Seminary
Washington DC

Personal Statement:

Unitarian Universalism is a religion with no creed. We UUs span a broad spectrum, which includes atheist, agnostic, Buddhist, Humanist, Christian and more. We share a historical lineage with Protestant Christianity but now celebrate the reality that our individual beliefs draw from many religious traditions. We choose to define our communities instead by our shared values. A favorite of mine is our commitment to a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”  For me this commitment encourages a worldview that embraces both religious and secular opportunities for greater understanding, yet acknowledges the challenge of living, always, with incomplete understanding.

As a scientist, and a theist, I find in Unitarian Universalism a tradition that at its best encourages an ongoing conversation between science and theology. Like most, if not all, Unitarian Universalists I not only accept an evolutionary origin of all living things, but also celebrate the awareness it can awaken in us that we are part of “an interdependent web of existence.” We are not alone, even when we think otherwise. As a theist in the UU tradition I am free to draw insights from the reality of evolution for my/our always incomplete understanding of God. I find in that exploration both challenges, particularly around notions of human uniqueness, as well as reasons to rejoice - if I dare to ponder the possibilities inherent in a creation that is not defined only by past events, but by its very nature is ongoing with yet to be revealed potential.