While ECLAS has made great strides in the past decade, we realised that we needed to do more work to understand how context shapes how we equip Christian leadership in an age of science. Therefore, over the next four years, we will build on our past decade of work on science-faith dialogue by partnering with ecumenical higher education institutions internationally to explore this work in different contexts across the world.
Our new international partners are:
- St Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya
- Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland
- Singapore Bible College, Singapore
- United Theological College, Bengaluru, India
The new ECLAS hubs are not simply the export of our existing model, but are designed to be adapted to the specific contexts of our partners. We aim to form a global community of enquiry and practice so that we can understand both the opportunities and challenges that context gives to equipping Christian leadership in an age of science. Context such as cultural and historical setting; theological and denominational setting; political, geographical and national setting. As we learn about these different contexts, we will each learn more about the limitations and insights of our own.
While research will be focused on local scholars and institutions, we will undertake collaborative enquiry into how church leaders view science and how stories and narratives in different contexts shape the way that they relate science to theology. The hubs will explore the impact of cultural, historical, theological, denominational, geographical and national contexts on shaping the narrative surrounding science and its relationship with faith. Strategic collaboration with academic institutions worldwide will anchor the research in local perspectives and practices whilst maintaining communication with the broader Church and society.
Each partner will receive allocated funds to distribute awards within the Scientists in Congregations and Science for Seminaries programmes. Hubs will operate independently and oversee their programmes, collaborating with ECLAS to address local challenges and instigate cultural change within the Church at various levels.
As a mutual community, we will reflect together on what the opportunities and challenges are in different contexts of equipping Christian leadership in an age of science.
Our partners are spread across key strategic regions. Click below to watch messages from our hub leaders and to find links to our partner institutions.