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05 February 2016

Science and faith research grants launched

Science and faith research grants launched

Grants of up to £10,000 are being made available to church projects fostering understanding between science and faith.

The Scientists in Congregations programme is aimed at inspiring discussion about the relationship between faith and science.

Applicants should build on existing links between church leaders and science specialists in their congregations.

Danny Webster, advocacy programme manager at the Evangelical Alliance, said: "Churches should be places where scientists are supported, equipped and given space to show how their faith and their work interact.

"We need Christians in leadership in all parts of society and hopefully this programme can help people see how faith and science can go together hand in hand."

The programme is open to all mainstream Christian churches, including Evangelical Alliance member churches.

The Rev Dr Kathryn Pritchard, Scientists in Congregations project leader, said: "There is a huge public appetite for discussion about the science-faith relationship and previous projects have attracted high levels of interest, not only from regular church members, but also from the wider community."

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 3 May 2016.

The science professionals can have an expertise in areas from physics, chemistry and biology to medicine, psychology and social scientific approaches to questions of human nature, culture and theology.

The Scientists in Congregations programme is part of Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science, a three-year Durham University project run in partnership with the Church of England.

You can find out more about Scientists in Congregations here, and about Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science here.