Covalence for May - Supporting science in society and in the seminary

Over the years, a number of high-profile efforts have long sought to give more attention to faith and science dialogue in local congregations.

As we find out this month, AAAS and its DoSER program have continued to promote efforts to educate not only the public about science through its annual meeting, but also clergy as part of an ongoing effort at the Washington-based organization.

Stephen Kolderup writes, that AAAS has been “developing models that explore common ground between church leaders and researchers, and training scientists in effective listening and communication.”

It is of course no small task, but the effort has been gaining more momentum as another round of grants have just been awarded to nine seminaries, including Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, which is an ELCA school. This year’s seminaries included one in Canada and even a Baptist seminary.

The AAAS DoSER program has tapped the seminaries in partnership with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the five-year initiative seeks to prepare future faith leaders to engage their congregants in dialogues on science and technology issues.

It is one of many projects focused on issues at the intersection of religion and science, and it is an approach to watch closely to assess its immediate and long-term impacts.

Susan Barreto
Editor, Covalence

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