Professional Development & Research
Templeton Religion Trust has awarded SCIO...Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford, a subsidary of the CCCU, a grant of £1 million to carry out an enhanced set of summer seminars aimed at developing interdisciplinary skills among faculty in the disciplines of science and religion. The seminars, to be held in Oxford in July 2015 and 2016, will provide a significant opportunity for 25 faculty from member institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities across the globe. Alister McGrath will join as the academic director for the project. He will be joined by Drs Stan Rosenberg, Michael Burdett, and John Roche who will manage this exciting new project.
Building on the study Balancing Perspectives: Science and Religion Research and Teaching within the Member Institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, commissioned by The John Templeton Foundation, SCIO will hold a two-summer research seminar in Oxford (2015 and 2016) for a cohort of 25 faculty from CCCU institutions including its members in Africa and South America. The seminar will focus on the need to develop the interdisciplinary skills and understanding central to the field of science and religion by allowing participants to explore the interdisciplinary issues relating science and religion within the unique setting of Oxford. Theologians, historians, philosophers, and social and natural scientists will explore seminal and contemporary science and religion issues guided by eminent scholars. The seminars will train new generations of leaders in science and religion on Christian campuses both in North America and in the Global South. Participants and those they influence will benefit from the superb resources in Oxford, the UK and Europe. This will allow for the benefits of cross-pollination, enable the participants to work with leading scholars in the UK who approach the issues from their differing contexts, and present the benefits of Oxford’s significant learning environment.
Enhancing a broader campus-culture conducive to producing deep impact, the multi-tiered /audience approach of this project is highly integrative. Beyond focusing on faculty research and teaching, the co-curricular aspects will shape the reception of science and religion on the home campus by developing young scholars as research assistants, working with the wider student body through the creation and expansion of science and religion clubs on campus, and working with campus leadership with a concluding short conference for the academic leaders from the institutions. Together these interlinking project pieces will deeply shape the participants and their institutions in order to achieve long-term, sustainable impact.
For more information, please visit the Bridging the Two Cultures project page on the SCIO website.