The second round of the innovative ‘Scientists in Congregations’ scheme is now open, with a deadline for applications of November 11th 2016. The awards are part of the programme ‘Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science”, hosted by Durham University. They are inviting churches across England to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects fostering a better understanding of the interrelationship of science and religion.
If you are a scientist (broadly understood) in a congregation looking to build up your partnership with local clergy – or vice versa – and seed some good thinking into your local situation, this scheme could be ideal for you.
This scheme is designed to bring the conversation about science and theology into the learning and worshipping lives of congregations. It is looking for creative and context-friendly proposals that could be valuable for large or small congregations, all-age or for specific groups, in rural as well as urban areas as well as groups of churches.
Nigel Cooper reminds us that projects with a focus on climate change, ecology or biodiversity, energy, carbon footprinting, engagement with congregations on lifestyles could fit well here alongside many other ideas.
For more details of the criteria and application process, see: http://community.dur.ac.uk/christianleadership.science/the-project/scientists-in-congregations/