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.

In the 2021-22 academic year, ECLAS will provide funds and resources for the integration of cutting-edge science into the core curriculum of UK seminaries. Inspired by a similar programme in North America and supported by a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, we have awarded up to £60,000 each to nine courses or colleges developing or refining at least one core class and hosting a wider-reaching science-religion activity.

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OUR 2021-22 COHORT

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We are delighted to share the recipients of the Science for Seminaries awards 2021-2.

The successful recipients are Cranmer Hall, the London School of Theology, Nazarene Theological College, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Regents Theological College, St Augustine’s College of Theology, Sarum College, Wycliffe Hall, and the University of Aberdeen’s School of Divinity.

The Revd Prof David Wilkinson, ECLAS Co-Director and Principal of St John’s College, Durham University, said:

“Science and theology can be brought into rich dialogue if we only take opportunities to do so. We are delighted to award our Science for Seminaries grants to the successful colleges, all of whom have creative ideas for engaging science with theology in their training for ordinands. Through these awards we will see future generations of church leaders given a grounding in science that will help them to preach persuasively, pastor responsively, and take delight in creation.”

View the full announcement here.

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  • One or more staff members teaching core courses who are committed to achieving the project’s goals in cooperation with other schools
  • Ability to integrate science into one or more existing courses in the core curriculum, such as systematics, ethics, missiology, apologetics, or pastoral ministry
  • The creation of one science theology activity within the life of the College or course; this could be a series of specially invited lectures, a podcast series or an art, drama or music production
  • Institutional capacity to implement the grant including a willingness to use ECLAS materials and create new resources
  • Commitment to sustainability beyond the length of the project
  • Demonstrated institutional commitment to cultural engagement
Exceptional proposals will also do one or more of the following:
  • Contribute to public understanding of the issue
  • Engage with previously under-represented groups
  • Explore a novel yet academically rigorous approach to the material
  • Fill a concrete need for a specific community (i.e., produce theological resources or activities for hospital chaplains dealing with theodicy and Covid-19).
  • We are also dedicated to engaging cultural, geographic, and theological breadth.

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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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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