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. Keep reading to learn more about our current projects.
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 launched in June 2016 and is a collaborative effort with the AAAS Center for Public Engagement.
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 supporting Jewish educational institutions as they work to nurture productive dialogue and community engagement with science, and build momentum for increased involvement at the science-Judaism interface at Jewish institutions.
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 project offers two science enrichment opportunities to this pool of journalists. First, DoSER hosts public conversations about forefront science in conjunction with the Religion News Association's annual meeting. Second, DoSER offers support to a select group of religion reporters to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting.
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 embarked on a 3-year project that supported 10 seminaries in their efforts to incorporate forefront science into their core curricula and to prepare future clergy to address questions of science, ethics, and religion with their congregations. The pilot project closed in November 2016. Science for Seminaries Phase II builds on the lessons of the pilot project and will support 32 additional seminaries in the science integration efforts.
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.