The Science and Faith Project opens a new round of funding for churches

Forensic archaeologists investigate relics found at the Church of St Mary and St Enswyth, Folkestone.

The Equipping Christian Leadership in the Age of Science (ECLAS) Scholars in Congregations program will offer grants of up to £10,000 each to eight churches who will run a science project that will benefit their congregation and the wider community. Until 30 April, applications are open to churches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland of any Christian denomination, and ECLAS welcomes applications from a wide range of theological perspectives and scholarly fields.

Professor David Wilkinson, ECLAC Project Director, said: “It is the scientists in the clusters
Very important because it recognizes the importance of churches valuing and working with scholars
In their communities. We've seen over a number of years in this program that this
Interaction between church leaders and scholars in local churches leads to creativity and fruitfulness
Mission and service – in ways that go far beyond our expectations.

This is the sixth round of Scholars Consortium funding and was made possible by A
A generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Churches will participate with a
A professional scholar already known to the congregation or church leaders: former
Projects are categorized in theme from environmental engagement to mental health awareness,
Forensic archeology to artificial intelligence. They took the form of plays and art
Installations, workshops and more. Some are projects that have been ongoing for over a year or more, e.g
Believe in Wonder Science Days for Kids, run by Holy Trinity and Christchurch,
Stalybridge, and some are one-offs, like Does God Want Me to Take the Vaccine?
Webinar led by Pastor Alton Bell at Wembley Family Church. Scientists in groups
The program looks for strategic churches that have strong relationships with local communities.

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“Science and faith,” said ECLAS Co-Director of Global Engagement, Rev. Steve Muniza
They have often, and incorrectly, been presented as mutually exclusive or competing approaches
knowledge. Through its many programs, ECLAS aims to equip church leaders
The right skills and tools to navigate these tensions and the questions they raise
Their interests and the interests of those they serve.”

The ECLAS project looks forward to seeing a range of creative submissions that seek this
Deepen the conversation about science and faith. Applications are open starting March 4
Until April 30, 2024. For more details on eligibility and criteria, please visit the website

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