INTRODUCTION

In the twenty-first century, science is always part of the vernacular. From banner issues – such as evolution, neuroscience, and reproductive technologies – to daily questions about medicine and public policy, ministers need a grounding in science to preach persuasively, pastor responsively, and spread the gospel.

ECLAS is currently working with 12 theological colleges.

The first round is underway, with nine courses and colleges awarded grants of up to £60,000. They are developing or refining at least one core class and hosting a wider-reaching science-religion activity. It is inspired by a similar programme in North America, and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust.

The second round has awarded smaller ‘seed grants’ to three colleges, to explore hosting events and learning activities that introduce science-engaged theology to the curriculum. These awards were made in July 2022.

Currently, there are no further grant opportunities available. To receive an update when applications open again, sign up to the ECLAS newsletter or contact Revd Dr Lucas Mix at science.forseminaries@durham.ac.uk.

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CURRENT PROJECTS

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RESOURCES & LESSON PLANS

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HOW TO APPLY

There are no current grant opportunities. Please check back regularly for more information.

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WHAT ARE OUR PROJECTS UP TO?

Events organised as part of the previous round of Science for Seminaries include a podcast series on science and theology, study days on theology and ecology, workshops on preaching for people with specific learning difficulties and a CPD course for clergy on mental health, theology and science.

 

2021-22 Projects

2022
hidden text Anscombe Bioethics Centre with St Mary’s College, Oscott

Science-Engaged Bioethics in Pastoral Ministry

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hidden text St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth

Divine Action and the Sacraments

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hidden text Union Theological College

Bioethics and Emerging Technologies: Engaging Science, Education and the Church

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2021
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Science and Theological Ethics

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hidden text Wycliffe Hall

Libri duo: Scientific Insight for Theological Formation

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hidden text The University of Aberdeen School of Divinity

Theology, Health and Healing: An integrative model of healing for church and society

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Equipping Ministers to Interpret Science for the Practice of Ministry in Contemporary Society

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Faith in Science: A Curriculum-Wide Initiative

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hidden text Regents Theological College

The Full(er) Gospel: Pentecostalism and Science

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hidden text London School of Theology

Creation Matters: Bringing Theology and Science into Dialogue

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hidden text Ripon College Cuddesdon

Saints, Sinners and Scientists: Teaching a Science-Engaged Soteriology

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From Conflict to Confidence: Science and Faith – Changing the Narrative

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RESOURCES

These pages contain a range of suggestions for how theology can take science seriously within the context of the Common Awards, for those who are interested in theology, mission and ministry.

They come from a variety of leading voices in the science-theology academic world but are earthed in local church ministry.

They can be used as self-contained sessions within themselves or parts of them can be used – not only in specific science theology teaching but across the range of modules in various theological disciplines across the Common Awards.

The lesson plans can also be used in conjunction with our ‘Short Answers to Big Questions’ series.

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Science and Theology at Nazarene Theological College

Visiting Lecturer Dr Gavin Merrifield gives a taster of what ordinands at Nazarene Theological College have covered in their Science for Seminaries-funded course.

by Helen Billam
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Cranmer Hall – Life on Earth lecture

Cranmer Hall received an ECLAS Science for Seminaries grant in 2021. Here, course director Revd Dr Paul Regan talks through one of the lectures he gave as part of the course, focusing on life on...

by Helen Billam
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Three Minute Theology: Why do Christians need eco-theology?

Dr Jeremy Kidwell explores the value and importance of eco-theology. This video from Nazarene Theological College was supported by an ECLAS Science for Seminaries grant.

by Helen Billam
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Exploring Religion and Moral Psychology

A conversation between Dr Tobias Tanton and Revd Jennifer Brown from Ripon College Cuddesdon. Cuddesdon received an ECLAS Science for Seminaries award in 2021 to redevelop a core module on soteriology, currently taught to all...

by Helen Billam
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Preaching for Specific Learning Difficulties

    A three-part workshop on preaching for and with specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia, dyscalculia and ADHD. Part of a Science for Seminaries-funded project at Ripon College Cuddesdon.

by Helen Billam
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What role does science play in theological formation?

For our Science for Seminaries retreat in April 2021, we asked some of the UK’s leading theologians about the role that science plays in theological formation.

by Helen Billam
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Cranmer Hall – Introduction to ‘A History of Science and Faith’ module

Cranmer Hall was a recipient of a 2021 Science for Seminaries grant from ECLAS. Here, Revd Dr Paul Regan gives a short overview of the module and why science and faith have a historical precedent...

by Helen Billam
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Teaching Notes

Outline teaching notes for three 30-minute snippets on introducing science into preaching. Aim: To show how scientific subjects can be introduced into preaching.

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Biblical Creation Texts

Outline notes for two sessions on the biblical creation texts. Aim: to give students an understanding of the range and significance of OT creation texts.

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Teaching On Theology Of Science

Outline Notes for a Teaching Block on a Theology of science. Aim: to introduce the idea of a theology of science, a framing of the human relationship with nature, of science as God’s gift, and...

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Engaging With Creationist Worldviews In The Classroom And Congregation

Outline Notes for a Teaching Block on Engaging with creationist worldviews in the classroom and congregation. Aim: To help students engage with creationist worldviews, whether expressed in the classroom or congregation

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Teaching Block On Natural Evil In The Light Of Science

Outline Notes for a Teaching Block on natural evil in the light of science. Aim: to introduce and evaluate the concept of natural evil, and to suggest how such ‘evil’ might be thought compatible with...

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Teaching On The Conflict Thesis

Outline Notes for a Teaching Block on The Conflict Thesis in Science and Religion as an illustration of the range of understanding of science-religion interactions. Aim: to introduce the ‘Conflict thesis’ and assess its use...

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Deserts beyond deserts: Beyond the wilderness with the Perseverance rover, with the Revd. Dr...

Revd Dr Pamela Conrad joined our Science for Seminaries retreat to talk about her work exploring hostile environments and designing the Mars rover, Perseverance.

by Helen Billam
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