In The Creation Story, we hope creates as sense of awe and wonder in the hearts of the viewers. It shows us that although the Genesis story is not meant to tell us how God created the universe, it does indeed communicate truth about our Creator. This poetic comparison is set in one of the most beautiful locations on the islands, Waikane Congregational Church, which is one of the oldest churches in Oahu. I would like to thank the following for making this film possible. Kamden Hillard and Hannah Matsunaga whose amazing performances powerfully portray the beauty of creation’s birth. Dr. Paul Price, Princeton University for helping me with the astronomy of the scientific narrative Dr. Karl Giberson and Francis Collins whose book, The Language of Science and Faith, inspired this script Jim Denny, whose videography of the meteor shower from his corner of Kauai was breathtaking And of course my team, David Kusumoto, Kelsey Matsu and Joshua Hayashi May students be blessed by and grow closer to our Creator when watching this film. Diane https://vimeo.com/85016695
I have been learning a lot about Design Thinking. This is a way to discover novel solutions to problems. Many think this is process is revolutionizing education and business. A simple summary of the process is Empathy- design -ideate-prototype-test
It is the empathy step that interests me the most. In order to solve a problem, especially ”wicked problems” (very complex, long-standing problems that no one has effectively solved) you need to put yourself in the shoes of those who struggle with the problem. For instance, if you want to solve homelessness, you need to understand the problem by fully empathizing not only with homeless individuals but with business owners, park users, etc who are affected by the problem.
I think that God has been taking me though this process when I seek to help young people navigate the evolution/ creation controversy. It would be no good to come in as an evolutionary creationist and preach to those who believe in a literal 6 day creation, telling them that they are being silly and the science is rock solid. God has been putting creationists in my life – as my friends, my siblings, my students and my pastors to help me develop true empathy. I don’t see Young Earth Creationists as uneducated hard-headed numbskulls as many of my colleagues do. I see them mostly as people in love with the Lord, wanting to see the Bible as his perfect, inerrant, living word. Their faith, which is willing to dismiss all of man’s knowledge if they find it to be in conflict with God’s Word, is enviable in many ways.
The second stage is define. We needed to define the problem as clearly as we could when we wrote the very extensive grant proposal to Biologos. We were able to define just what the problem was and just how we proposed to go about addressing it.
The third stage is ideate. This is usually done in a group or with a partner. God has blessed me with Josh Hayashi, who has become a wonderful friend and brother in Christ. He and I put our heads together and brainstorm with dry erase markers blazing on whiteboards. How will we create a video study series to capture the hearts and minds of teens helping them to think and pray about the issue and grow even closer to Jesus? In the end, we decided, it has to be about discipleship. It must be vividly beautiful and it has to include young people’s voices.
The fourth step is prototype. We created two short films and set out to show them to as many pastors as we could find willing to watch them. We got great feedback about what we are doing right and what can be done more effectively. We learned that we have to be honest and straightforward. We need to be unafraid and make it very clear that we love Jesus.
The last step is testing. Here is the most difficult part of all. We have found many pastors who love our program, but are reluctant to try it with their youth. They are afraid of parental reactions or concerns by the senior pastor or elders. And yet so far we have had almost 3000 people visit our website and our films have been seen by at least 600 viewers from all over the world. People are watching and God willing, they are thinking and praying about the possibility that the God of Creation just might be bigger than the box that a literal reading of Genesis allows him. If Design Thinking has helped us create a product that allows the Holy Spirit to draw young people closer and into a stronger, more resilient faith in our awesome, eternal creator, who holds all things together then it may indeed be a powerful tool to tackle the “wicked problems” of the world.