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Faith in a science town

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By Katy Korkos

“You can’t talk about culture without talking about faith,” the Rev. Chuck McCollough said Friday.On a weekend where the faithful take to the streets, with hundreds of local people making a pilgrimage to Chimayó, and thousands involved in church services, McCollough took the time to speak the Leadership Los Alamos class of 2008 when the class gathered Friday in Bandelier to learn about culture. Talks on the history and the arts were the order of the day, which ended with a hike through Bandelier, combined with the experience of cultural awareness.“When people pass their beliefs and ethical values on to their children, they are participating in the warp and woof of culture,” said McCollough, who serves as pastor of White Rock Baptist Church.“Faith in a science town” was the title of his talk, delivered in the historic setting of a stone building built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Frijoles Canyon.From the earliest days of the Manhattan Project, the people who were living in Los Alamos wanted a place to worship, and petitioned the Army to have a Sunday school on the secret Army base. When their wish was granted, more than 100 people of varying religious backgrounds attended the first gathering in 1943.