The discussion of science, ethics, and religion may date back to ancient Greece, but the specific topics on which the conversation dwells change with time and scientific advancements. Similarly, DoSER's projects respond to the rising themes and trends in the scientific and religious communities. Learn more about our current projects below.
Many people seek guidance on scientific subjects from their religious leaders, so it is important that quality science resources are made available to those leaders. DoSER is supporting seminaries in their efforts to incorporate forefront science into their core curricula and prepare future clergy to address questions of science, ethics and religion with their congregations.
This pilot project builds on the Science for Seminaries project by fostering a science program in rabbinic education, thereby broadening the scope of religious communities reached by the project. Partnering with Sinai and Synapses, DoSER is working with three Jewish educational institutions that are exploring science and Judaism by developing elective courses for rabbinical students, a continuing education e-course, a webinar/workshop series for rabbis, and an event featuring premier scientists and Jewish leaders. This project will create curricular resources, equip Jewish leaders to nurture productive dialogue and community engagement with science, and build momentum for increased involvement at the science-Judaism interface at Jewish institutions. AAAS is also consulting on a related project, Scientists in Synagogues, that is administered by Sinai and Synapses.
The nation's religion reporters are often tasked with interpreting science advances in light of religious values, but may lack the technical proficiency in science and technology to do so effectively. This one-year pilot project offered two science enrichment opportunities to this pool of journalists. First, DoSER hosted an exciting one-day seminar in August 2015 to highlight current topics in science and technology for these journalists. Second, DoSER offered eight religion reporters awards to attend the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. For more information, visit the DoSER Journalism Award website.
Regardless of whether they spend their days in the classroom or at the lab bench, scientists interact with the public in some capacity. DoSER is developing resources to help scientists address the religious and ethical questions related to their work as these questions arise. This project officially launches June 2016.
The Evangelical Christian community comprises a significant portion of the U.S. population, so it is important that this community maintain a healthy dialogue with the scientific community. In March 2015, DoSER completed a three-year project investigating perceptions that scientific and religious communities (especially Evangelicals) have about one another in order to increase understanding between these communities.
Launching in 2016
- Engaging Scientists
- Science Engagement in Rabbinic Training
- Science for Seminaries instructional video series