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Thinking the Faith, Praying the Faith, Living the Faith is written by the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship.

Thinking, praying, and living the faith is at the core of ministry in the Office of Theology and Worship. In the following videos, learn more about what thinking, praying, and living the faith means to the leadership of the Office of Theology and Worship. Discover why it matters and what difference it makes in our lives, work, and worship.  

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April 27, 2011

Scientists in Congregations

We generally don't do promos on this blog, but I'll make an exception for Scientists in Congregations.  This is a really exciting opportunity for congregations to deal substantively with issues around science and faith.  We are partnering with a new initiative, Scientists in Congregations, to help engage congregations (including PCUSA congregations) in working through issues of science and faith.  Here is a message from the Co-Project Leader, Greg Cootsona.


“Scientists in Congregations” ( is a grant program funded by the John Templeton Foundation designed to give up to $30,000 to help congregations develop the dialogue of science and theology.

The essential design for this grant is this: For a scientist in a church congregation to team with a pastor and create ideas for sermons, designs for education classes, or any number of other projects. The funds could offer release time to a scientists, historian or philosopher of science so that she could take time away. It might pay for retreats with you and a scientist or several scientists to create materials for your church.

 The grant is funded by the John Templeton Foundation “serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. It encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.”

As Eugene Peterson commented on this program: “A surprisingly innovative strategy to bridge and maybe close the gap between science and faith. And in a congregation of all places.”

They have streamlined the proposal so that it’s reasonably easy—just six brief items: proposal cover letter, information form, co-director’s qualifications, budget, contact info, and a brief description of your congregation. The deadline is July 1. So you have enough time.


Contact Greg Cootsona if you have any questions.  This is a great opportunity.



Categories: Faith, Spirituality , Theology