Date: October 5, 2021
Yesterday, I had the first meeting with our AAAS science advisors. AAAS is the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the program was the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion. Thanks to an imaginative grant application to the “Science for Seminaries Seed Grant” initiative, written by Dr. John Allan Knight, the Seminary had been approved for a program of rich conversations around the inclusion of science in the Masters’ and Doctoral Programs.
Several Board members have been urging the Seminary to confront more imaginatively the culture of anti-religious secularism in the United States. A key factor in this culture is the perception that science is opposed to faith. Therefore, we are searching for ways to increase scientific literacy, not simply among seminarians but also among the congregations that many of our alums serve. Dr. Knight, Dr. Ross Kane, and I met with the three scientific advisors to think through the best way to implement this grant.
These are exciting moments for the Seminary. These grants provide the resources to help us extend our reach into new and important conversations.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President