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Science for Seminaries award winners announced

We are delighted to announce that we have awarded grants to nine theological colleges in the UK through our Science for Seminaries programme, with the aim of promoting science-engaged theology. The colleges have each received sums

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Our New Blog Series: Science-Engaged Worship

At ECLAS we talk a lot about science-engaged theology. But how do we engage with science in our worship? Scientific language and ideas pervade our daily lives, so it makes sense to engage them in our

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Hymns and Arias of Science

By Iwan Rhys Morus This is the second post in our series on Science-Engaged Worship. There are few more stirring sounds (if you’re Welsh) than the Millennium Stadium crowd belting out ‘Bread of Heaven’ as Wales

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Stewarding Creation as a Congregation

By Kaley Casenhiser, Creation Care Collective. This is the third post in our series on Science-Engaged Worship. See the rest here. Creation Care Collective runs a free programme called Growing Together designed for churches to engage congregations in

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Viral Science and Public Theology: Talking about Nature and Neighbour in a post-Covid World

Online

PAST CONFERENCE December 1
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AI and Robotics: the science, opportunities, and challenges (all levels of clergy)

University of York

PAST CONFERENCE September 9
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Becoming Human: Evolution, Beginning and End of Life

St John’s College, Durham University

PAST CONFERENCE March 27
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Our New Series Exploring Science-Engaged Theology and Coronavirus

ECLAS has launched a new seven-part blog series on theological and scientific narrative approaches to coronavirus, titled ‘Making Sense of Coronavirus with Reason and Faith’.

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Launch of Scientists in Congregations 2020/1

Churches can now apply for grants totalling £400,000 to engage with scientific topics and affirm the role of scientists within their communities.

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Professor Tom McLeish to deliver 2021 Boyle Lecture

Professor Tom McLeish, Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of York and Co-Project Director of ECLAS, will give the 2021 Boyle Lecture on Wednesday 3 February. His topic is ‘The Rediscovery of Contemplation Through Science’.

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ABOUT ECLAS

ECLAS was born from the conviction that science is a gift from God, but that too often Christian leaders lack the confidence and tools to engage with scientific questions. In an age when faith is often portrayed in opposition to science, we want to create opportunities for church leaders to connect with world-class science and scientists, to develop well-informed, theologically grounded, practical knowledge about the world and our place in it.

Original Research

Research forms the basis of ECLAS’ work to drive culture change within the church. Through surveys and in-depth interviews, we explore current attitudes towards science within the church and suggest evidence-based ways to engage more deeply with science. Our research informs our policy work, resource development, and senior leaders’ conferences.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

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Scientists in Congregations Webinar – Putting Together a Strong Application

This webinar from 16 March 2021 contains information about ECLAS’ Scientists in Congregations grants. Featuring tips on how to submit a strong application, potential benefits for churches, an exploration of impact, and case studies from three

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Viral Science and Public Theology session 2 with Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP

In the second session of our online retreat, ECLAS researcher Dr Amanda Rees interviews the Rt Hon Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central, about his experiences at DEFRA managing outbreaks of foot and mouth disease and bovine TB, and how he views the government’s handling of today’s public health messaging. Prof Tom McLeish and Dr Franziska Kohlt offer a theological reflection.

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Viral Science and Public Theology session 3 with Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS

This is the third session from our Viral Science and Public Theology retreat, which took place virtually on 1-2 December 2020. Bishop Richard Cheetham interviews Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, Chief Executive of UKRI, on narratives around coronavirus and trust in science. This is followed by a reflection from ECLAS team members Dr Z Thoko Kamwendo and Dr Alex Fry. Reverend Professor David Wilkinson contributes his concluding thoughts.

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