Curriculum/congregational resources

These resources may prove useful in organizing or facilitating discussions regarding Christian faith and science. Most of the web links connect to other sites. Inclusion of any items in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by either the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science, and Technology, or the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

A Cosmic Adventure through Science & Faith – This is a brand-new curriculum featuring astrophysicist Paul Wallace. It is free for download and is aimed at confirmation-aged youth.

Faith Intersections — This site offers an unique series of curriculum for young adults to be used in a parochial setting. The course work, developed by a Christian educator in the Lutheran church, seeks to engage youth on topics such as creation and evolution, theological and scientific methods and the connection between mind, body and spirit.

ELCA materials — Here users can find past essays and reflections from previous Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology publications on a wide range of topics. Also included are youth curriculum with a faith and science orientation.

Biologos — The Biologos Foundation has created a website to showcase the harmony of faith and science with blogs from both scientists and theologians.  Lots of additional resources.

Scientists in Congregations –  Scientists in Congregations is a $2 million grant program, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, created to catalyze the dialogue of theology and science in local congregations. In 2011, grants were awarded to thirty-five congregations in the United States (representing twenty-five states), as well as one in Canada and one in France. These grant recipients produced a wide range of projects on topics in theology and science that enhanced their congregational life. This website has gathered many of those projects as a way of resourcing additional churches that would like to explore their engagement with the insights of science. The programs hope is that you will use these resources as guides for leading your own discussions and classes, or as inspiration to craft new material specifically tailored to your congregation.

The Ministry Theorem – This project seeks to remind pastors and other leaders in the church that an appreciation of science lies deep within the Reformed tradition as well as within the Christian tradition generally. From a biblical-theological standpoint, Christians rightly view science as a partner in the preaching and teaching ministry of the church, increasing our wonder over God’s works and so enhancing our worship of this Creator God.  Developed by the Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary and the Science Division of Calvin College, The Ministry Theorem serves to promote an enhanced awareness of contemporary science and to provide resources and encouragement for engaging science in the ministries of congregations everywhere. The resources will be of help to preaching pastors, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, worship planners, and others in the leadership of congregations.

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