09 May

Science for Seminaries Faculty Enrichment Retreat Application

09 May 2018 through 06 Jun 2018
9:00 am to 11:59 pm

Retreat Location 

August 6 – 9, 2018 (Mon-Thurs)
The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Maryland

Applications are Open

To prepare future religious leaders for conversations at the intersection of faith and science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), through its Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program, in consultation with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), invites applications for seminary faculty members to attend the 2018 Science for Seminaries Summer Faculty Enrichment Retreat. The retreat will provide opportunities for faculty to engage the learning outcomes gleaned from past and current participants in the AAAS Science for Seminaries project. Through their participation, they will be able to impart to their students an appreciation for science, which will enrich teaching and service as seminary graduates minister to their congregations.  

Retreat Location 

August 6 – 9, 2018 (Mon-Thurs)
The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Maryland


AAAS/DoSER launched Phase I of the Science for Seminaries pilot project in 2014 and is now embarking on Phase II. As part of this five year effort, AAAS/DoSER is awarding grants to a diverse group of seminaries to support them in their efforts to integrate science into their core curricula. The project aims to foster a vibrant and expanding community of theologians and religious leaders who are adept at contemplating the role of such disciplines as genetics, neuroscience, human origins and technologies, thereby exploring life’s big questions and generating a wealth of new insights. Within each school, faculty specializing in the disciplines of Pastoral Theology, Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, or Church History have worked with highly qualified mentors and science advisors to design core curriculum courses that will enrich future theological education with forefront science. One of the objectives is the creation of a set of natural science resources to be disseminated throughout these seminaries and to the broader seminary community. To augment the coursework, seminaries also held campus-wide events to expand the classroom conversation to the broader community. 


These faculty enrichment retreats will showcase the work of each project seminary. Designed to be intimate workshops with seminary peers, mentors, and scientist advisors, the retreat will guide invited attendees in gathering new ideas for enriching theological education with forefront science into their own curriculum design. Working in an ecclesial family group setting, each gathering will balance plenary presentations, workshops, and small group discussions with time for reflection.


  • Provide opportunities to develop new pedagogical skills, while critically reflecting and exploring approaches to integrating science into their core curriculum
  • Learn from current project faculty best practices on the integration of science into core curricula
  • Create relationships and networks for partnerships and mentorships within the seminary and scientific communities
  • Learn how to find, evaluate, and utilize scientific resources
  • Contribute to building capacity for the broader seminary community to have positive dialogue on issues at the intersection of religion and science.  


Open to faculty from ATS-accredited or associated institution who teaches core curriculum course(s) at their seminary or divinity school (e.g. Biblical Studies, Church History, Pastoral Theology, and Systematic Theology). Eligible faculty include tenured or tenure-track, term-track faculty, and administrative staff (Deans and Provosts) as long as they have substantial teaching duties.

No more than one applicant from the same seminary or divinity school will be selected to attend the retreat. Faculty from past and current AAAS Science for Seminaries grant-funded seminaries are not eligible to apply. Employees of AAAS or The John Templeton Foundation, or their affiliates, subsidiaries, and their immediate family members or persons living in the same household are not eligible.