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.

We are delighted to open a new round of seed grants for Science for Seminaries.

We are offering grants of up to £10,000 to UK seminaries to organise science-faith events in 2022-23. The deadline for applications is 5pm, 3 June 2022.

This round builds on a previous round at ECLAS, which awarded grants of up to £60,000 each to nine courses or colleges to develop or refine at least one core class and host a wider-reaching science-religion activity. These projects are currently underway. It is inspired by a similar programme in North America, and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust.

Do you have a creative idea for a science-faith event? We encourage you to contact Revd Dr Lucas Mix at science.forseminaries@durham.ac.uk by 30 April for an initial discussion. Suitable ideas will be invited to submit a full proposal.

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CURRENT PROJECTS

OUR 2021-22 COHORT

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RESOURCES & LESSON PLANS

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HOW TO APPLY

Applications

The deadline for seed grant applications is 5pm on 3 June 2022.

To arrange an initial conversation and request an application form, please contact Revd Dr Lucas Mix at science.forseminaries@durham.ac.uk

Proposals will be evaluated by ECLAS team members. Awards will be announced on 1 July. 

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SELECTION CRITERIA

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.

Award recipients will be asked to attend a pre-project online meeting on 14-15 July and a post-event meeting with other recipients from 5-8 September to help plan for their events. Please note that ECLAS does not cover travel costs to and from the events, though accommodation and meals at the events are provided. Award recipients will also be asked to submit status reports, including a final report (up to 1000 words) at the end of their project.

In this round, we are offering grants of up to £10,000 for projects:

  • Anchored in an institution for theological education
  • Geared primarily for students training for ministry (nominally pastors and priests, but including deacons, preachers, chaplains...)
  • Engaging with contemporary science (e.g., Gene-Editing, Artificial Intelligence, Climatology)
  • Applied to concrete pastoral and theological questions
  • Occurring between July 2022 and June 2023

2021-22 Projects

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Science and Theological Ethics

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Libri duo: Scientific Insight for Theological Formation

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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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The Full(er) Gospel: Pentecostalism and Science

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Creation Matters: Bringing Theology and Science into Dialogue

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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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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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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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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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