Pittsburgh Theological Seminary RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is one of four schools to receive funding from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)—the world’s largest general scientific society—and Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) for a “Science for Continuing Education for Pastors” series. The goal of this project is to identify and develop continuing education curricula to highlight current scientific and technological advancements relevant to contemporary pastoral ministry.

Pittsburgh Seminary’s Continuing Education Office will offer a number of classes addressing faith and science. The six-part “Science! Conversations and Community Series” begins in October 2017 and addresses such topics as “The Science of Language,” “Creation, Intelligent Design, and the Evolutionary Process,” and “Genetic Engineering,” among others. In January 2018, we’ll offer the online course “A Big Bang, A Bunch of Particles, and Building the Universe.” Additionally, the February 2018 workshop and public lecture will explore “Holy Curiosity! Science, Wonder, and the Desire to Know.”

The Seminary’s continuing education program offers an extensive array of programming infrastructure, which attracts pastors representing more than 20 different denominational traditions. Additionally, PTS faculty members serve as advisors to the AAAS Science for Seminaries initiative.

Funding for the “Science for Continuing Education for Pastors” project is provided by the John Templeton Foundation and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Other partners in the project include Andover Newton Theological School (Boston, Mass.), Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, Ga.), and Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, Mo.).