Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:40 PM

The State of Science 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:40 PM
Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:40 PM

I was in the grocery store the other day searching for an item that Judy asked me to get. Trust me, it is never an easy item like milk, cheese or cereal. No! She asked me to find candied pecans and whole cranberries in a can!

As I was looking for something that most people never use, I got distracted. I ran across a magazine cover that caught my eye Discover: The State of Science 2019 – Top Stories in Medicine, Archeology, Tech, Genetics, Space, and more.

I bought the magazine and I wanted to share a couple of things with you that I found to be of interest.

Plastics and the use of plastics has become a major part of our everyday lives. However, as one stated about plastic: “They’ve also become a persistent pollutant. Some 18 billion pounds of the stuff winds up in the world’s oceans each year.”

Cities and nations around the world are beginning to take action to address this issue but we have to continue to be proactive in recycling efforts.

It seems that globally, frogs are being wiped out by a fungus known as “Bd”.  As you might guess, there are also many concerns over climate change. Some scientific practices are raising questions. How do we use genetic technology in a safe and responsible way? How do we continue to interact and connect with artificial intelligence in a moral and ethical way?
If you are interested these issues and others are addressed in the Social Concerns section of The Book of Discipline of the UMC.

The magazine did not just focus on bad news. The smallest fly ever recorded measures less than 2/100 of an inch was found in Brazil. Two new giant penguin colonies have been discovered. A rhino population on the brink of extinction has rebounded in Kenya. There is continued exploration deeper into the solar system and faraway galaxies. The New Horizon space probe that flew by Pluto in 2018 is travelling a billion more miles toward another planetary body nicknamed Ultimus Thistle.
Medical technology continues to make advancements. A potential HIV vaccine is on the horizon. Researchers are looking at Biosensor capsules to detect gastric bleeding and possibly detect presence of diseases. Sadly, the medical field is still struggling to find ways to battle Alzheimers.

The future is always filled with excitement and anxiety. There are things that we look forward to and other things that we dread even fear.
In our own Methodist Church we are possibly facing changes in February. No one really knows what to expect. Yet, I lean into 2019 resting on the faithfulness of God and trusting in God’s guidance. As God states in Isaiah 41:10; “So do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and uphold you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

I lean into the new year with great hope and anticipation of all that God is going to do through the membership of First-Centenary as we continue, together, to seek to make disciples for the transformation of the world.
– Mark Gooden

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