Workshop for Recipients of “Evolution and Christian Faith” Grants
The first of our three Evolution & Christian Faith summer workshops took place June 24-27 at Gordon College, gathering together 65 grantees from 34 of our ECF grants. The program centered around the question, “Why does evolution matter to Christians?” A series of plenary talks addressed the importance of the question to biblical studies (John Walton, Wheaton College), to science (Jeff Schloss, BioLogos senior scholar), to contemporary culture (Tim Dalrymple, Patheos.com), to the college campus (Jeff Hardin, University of Wisconsin-Madison), and to the church (Daniel Harrell, Colonial Church of Edina, MN). The week also included a panel discussion on issues related to the historical Adam and original sin, featuring three of our grantees and responses from four other scholars and ministers.
The gathering also included times of sharing and networking between the grantees, including three small group sessions, where grantees were split by topic to discuss their project plans, and two poster sessions where each team shared their projects to others. Tying it all together were times of worship and fellowship among the attendees.
It was a wonderful time for all involved. “It was truly gratifying, after many months of email correspondence, for the BioLogos staff to finally meet the grantees in person and hear their passion for their work,” says Kathryn Applegate, program director for BioLogos and an event organizer. “These leaders will be making an impact on pastors and churches, high schools and colleges, the media and the arts, and in key scholarly areas of philosophy, science, and religion.”
According to one attendee, “All aspects [of the event] were so well done, providing great content, opportunity to network, and wonderful God-glorifying and inspiring worship.” Another added, “I appreciated the good combination of academic input, networking and worship. The most helpful aspects were the academic input on areas with which I am less familiar myself (particularly Jeff Schloss) and the building of relationships with those who are working on similar projects (particularly the grantee contact sessions).”
We're excited to see what our grantees will produce in the coming year. Keep following the newsletter and the blog for the latest from these grant projects!