INTRODUCTION

Church and science can seem like separate worlds, but scientists appear in pews and pulpits across the UK. At ECLAS, we affirm the work of these faithful scientists and all who bring their vocation in science to the church, both as members and active friends of congregations. We want to help them create spaces of engagement, build confidence and competence around scientific issues, and foster thoughtful, prayerful communities working in the world.

ECLAS is delighted to be funding 22 projects that are working to creatively change the conversation between the church and the scientific world; projects that develop a deeper engagement with scientists, theologically, pastorally, or in mission. Building on previous rounds at ECLAS as well as successful programmes in North America and Scotland and supported by a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, we are providing a total of £400,000 to congregations and organisations to host these projects and shepherd follow-up projects for one or more additional congregations. Projects are taking place between 2021-2.

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PROJECT CRITERIA

What Kind of Projects?

Scientists in Congregations projects utilise an established relationship between a local church leader and a professional scientist. The latter may be a member of the congregation, a colleague, or even a friend, but is someone who has already engaged in conversation around faith and science.

The programme is set up to work with a strategic church that has strong ties with local communities. Up to £10,000 supports a primary activity at that location. Up to £10,000 more supports a follow-on project, which might reproduce the activity in another congregation, adapt it for a different context, train leaders for similar activities, or develop resources for broader engagement.

Scientists in Congregations projects draw on networks already in place, including understanding of the local context and support from senior leadership in the congregation and denomination. They reach out to a wider community making new connections and fostering creative approaches grounded in scientific and theological expertise.

 

APPLICATIONS

We regret that applications for the 2021-2 round of Scientists in Congregations funding have now closed.

FUNDED PROJECTS

The following projects have been funded by our Scientists in Congregations awards scheme.

2021
hidden text Educational Encounters in Schools

Great St Mary's, Cambridge

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hidden text Messy Church Goes Wild

The Bible Reading Fellowship

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hidden text Gaia Installation

St Peter Mancroft, Norwich

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hidden text Three Days in January

St Mary and St Eanswythe, Folkestone

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hidden text Xplore! Goes to Church

St Mark’s Church, Caia Park, Wrexham

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hidden text Science, Faith and Creation Care

St Lawrence Church, Gloucester

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hidden text A Green Pilgrimage

St German's Cathedral, Isle of Man

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hidden text Earth@Trinity Gaia Exhibition

St George's Church, Leeds

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hidden text Does God Want Me to Take the Covid-19 Vaccine?

Wembley Family Church

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hidden text Riding Lights Theatre Company LEARN MORE
hidden text Building Bridges and Sharing Stories

St Andrew's Church, Great Yeldham

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hidden text Elijah, The Tishbite – Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Redeemed Christian Church of God, Royal City, Sevenoaks

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hidden text Faith Journeys in Science 

Radio Maria England

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hidden text The Faith Experiment

New Hope Baptist Church, Coseley

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hidden text Fly Me to the Moon

Liverpool Cathedral

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hidden text Alive in Hope

Lichfield Cathedral

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hidden text Gaia Installation

Hull Minster

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hidden text Believing Science

Holy Trinity and Christchurch, Stalybridge

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hidden text Renewable Energy Exhibit

Great Yarmouth Minster

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hidden text The Implications of Climate Science

Exeter Cathedral

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hidden text Science and Faith in the City

ChaplaincyPlus, Birmingham

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hidden text Life on the Edge

Cornerstone Methodist Church, Wadebridge and Tubestation, Polzeath

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hidden text Amazing Light

Chester Cathedral

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2019
hidden text Granta Park – Science-Faith Lectures

Abington Church, Ely, Cambridgeshire

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hidden text Science-Faith Related Videos for Café Church

Amberly Baptist Church, Bristol

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hidden text Genesis for the 21st Century

Chester Cathedral

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hidden text MES-AI Church

Croxley Green Baptist Church, Hertfordshire

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hidden text Connect@Tiviot Dale

Stockport, Manchester

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hidden text The Sky’s the Limit!

Ely Cathedral Science Festival 2019

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hidden text “Our Fragile Earth”

Churches in Sidmouth, Devon

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hidden text “Science and the Language of Prayer”

Bramhall Methodist Church, Manchester

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hidden text The Sacrament of Science? Comprehending the wonder, mystery and awe of science in an Anglo-Catholic congregation

St. Thomas' Church, Exeter, Devon

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2018
hidden text Living With and Loving Machines

Manchester Cathedral

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2017
hidden text Messy Church Science

Bible Reading Fellowship

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hidden text Church Scientific

Baptist churches, Leeds

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hidden text Crossing the Gap

St. Matthew’s Church, Harwell and All Saints’ Church, Chilton

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hidden text ‘From Dinosaurs to DNA’

Ely Cathedral, Science Festival

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hidden text Water of Life: Our Faith and a Changing Climate

Parish of Honley with Brockholes, West Yorkshire, in partnership with the University of Huddersfield

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hidden text Sing of God and Science

All Saints, Teversham, Cambridge

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hidden text Science and Theology: Walking Through Nature

Trinity church, Lewes

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hidden text Re:Think Worcester

Encouraging Scientists in Congregations to Engage in the Science and Faith Debate

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hidden text From Enlightenment to Entanglement

Derby Cathedral project in partnership with University of Derby

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hidden text Faith, Technology and Tomorrow

St Mary’s Church Longfleet, Poole, Dorset

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hidden text Faith in the Questions: Counting the Clouds

Riding Lights Theatre Company, St Michael le Belfrey, York

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hidden text Saddleworth Science Faith Festival

Saddleworth Churches

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hidden text Messy Church Does Science: Bible Reading Fellowship LEARN MORE
hidden text Duw a’r Glec Fawr – God and The Big Bang

South Wales

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hidden text Faith in the Questions: Counting the Clouds

Riding Lights Theatre Company, UK Tour

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hidden text Debunking the Myth: Empowering Young People to be Christians in Science

St Andrew’s Church, Bishopthorpe and the Archbishop of York Youth Trust

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hidden text Exploring Science and Christian Faith in a Rural Setting

Tyne Valley, west of Newcastle and Gateshead

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hidden text On Common Ground

Exeter Cathedral, Lent Course

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hidden text Science and Christianity: Bridging the Imaginary Divide

Christians in Science, South West

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2016
hidden text Cathedral Isle of Man LEARN MORE
hidden text Grace Church, Truro LEARN MORE
hidden text Confident Christian Engagement with Science

St John’s, Lindow, Wilmslow, Cheshire

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hidden text Take Your Vicar to the Lab

St Albans Diocese

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CONTACT US

For more information email Despina Katsidou on sciencein.congregation@durham.ac.uk

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