Reports

April 2017 (January-Mars)

The progress of the project is continuing with several events in the dioceses of Gothenburg and Lund, well as in the Mälardalen area in Central Sweden. A seminar was held during the Winterconference of the Unting Church on January 9-12. A conference in Lund on faith and science with a focus on young people was held on January 27. A stream during the Theology Festival in Uppsala in February 24-26 attracted many participants. A special edition of the journal Religion och livsfrågor (Religion and questions of life, issued by the Ass. of Teachers in Religion) on science and religion has been published. A manuscript with an updated version of the BAR-report, analyses on Swedish theology and models of science and religion has been accepted for publication by Wipf and Stock/ Pickwick Publishers and will be submitted on May 1.

Among upcoming events, a conference on God and the Big Bang (on April 26 in Umeå), as well as a national conference on learning in the diocese of Lund (on May 18-19). The project is active with activities during the science festival in Gothenburg (May 10-14), where a film on science and religion will be released. Moreover, two seminars in Almedalen (July 3) are in preparation as well as a national conference on free will (by Agora for Biosystems, June 26-28).

Output 1: Manuscript to be delivered to Pickwick Publishers for publication on May 1. Output 2: The webpage is frequently visited (on average approx. 40 visitors/day and 300 visits/day. During September: 20 000 visits, 1 500 visitors). Three Newsletter has been distributed during the period. Output 3: Conferences, seminars etc. on a national level are on schedule. Output 4: The academic course for the fall 2016 has been initiated at the Department of theology, Uppsala university. A translation of Philip Clayton’s ”Religion and Science: the Basics” has been published. A new course is in preparation for the fall of 2017. Output 5 and 6. Activities in the dioceses of Gothenburg and Lund are on schedule. the film on Science and religion will be released on May 11. Output 7: Events arranged by Agora for Biosystems, Ibn Rushd´s one day-seminar, symposium by Stockholm School of Theology and event by the Uniting Church in Sweden are on schedule. 10-week course in cooperation with Ibn Rushd is postponed due to practical difficulties for participants. Discussion with Ibn Rushs to solve the problem is continuing. Output 8: Science communicators are active with new seminars in Uppsala (march 26 and April 6) and producing more blogg entries and podcasts. Output 9. A beta-version of the Interactive book wis working its way into the market. Metting with Verbum publishers had been helt to increase the marketing efforts.

At this stage of the project it is not possible to make a reliable estimation of outcomes, but there is positive evidence of the impact of the projects activities (for example the numbers of attendees at public events and the numbers of visits at the website). The preparations for an evaluation of the project will be initiated as planned in December.

Recent and upcoming events (until June 2017):

* Seminar on science and religion at the winter conference of the Uniting Church of Sweden on January 12-15.
* “Among dung beetles, evolution and faith.” Conference in Lund on faith and science with a focus on meeting with young people on January 27.
* A stream of events on science and religion at the Theology Festival in Uppsala in February 2017.
* Publication of a special edition of the journal Religion och livsfrågor (Religion and questions of life, published by the Association of Teachers in Religion) on science and religion.
* Continuing education for confirmation candidate teachers in Lund on the January 27.
* Conference on God and the Big Bang on April 26 in Umeå for religious leaders in the diocese of Luleå.
• Continuing education for religious leaders in connection to the Science Festival in Gothenburg on May 10-14. Film on science and religion to be released May 11.
* Conference on Science, wisdom and worldview arranged by Agora for Biosystems in Sigtuna on May 6.
* Conference by Stockholm School of Theology on AI in May 11.
* National conference on education in the diocese of Lund on May 18-19. * Two seminars in Almedalen June 3.
* National conference on free will in Sigtuna on June 26-28.

 

Progress Report for 2016

October 2016 (July-September)

Highlights during the period have been events i connection with the Science Festival in Gothenburg (lecture by Simon Martin Conway followed by a panel discussion) and a scientific symposium with professor Conway and archbishop Antje Jackelén in Stockholm on April 19th. Courses initiated during the previous period have been concluded. Parish-lectures and seminars in the dioceses of Gothenburg and in the Diocese of Lund. Seminar at the National Conference of the Uniting Church of Sweden and in Uppsala. The steering group met in Gothenburg on the 15th of April and the presidium on June 8th in Uppsala. Meetings have been held at Sigtuna Foundation with Agora for Biosystemens. Significant progress has been made with the Interactive Book, the Baseline Assessment Report (estimated conclusion September 1st) and a communication plan. The project leaders met the leaders of a similar project in Durham and a joint presentation is prepared at AAR on Nov. 18th, 2016. Philip Clayton´s recent book on science and religion has been translated and academic courses during the fall of 2016 have met with great interest.

Most projected events are on schedule except the Interactive Book and the BAR-report. Output 1: In a revised plan for the whole project the aims of the BAR-report have been extended (according to the revised plan for the project approved by JTF). Report is projected to be delivered by September 1st. Output 2: The webpage (cousins.se) is continually updated and frequently visited (approx. 40 visitors/day and 300 visits/day). Three Newletters have been distributed during the period. Output 3: Conferences, seminars etc. at a national level are on schedule. Continuing education for teachers is being prepared Output 4: Academic courses for the fall of 2016 and 2017 are on schedule. Translation of Philip Clayton´s ”Religion and Science; the Basics” has been concluded and is under publication. Output 5 and 6: Activities in the dioceses of Gothenburg and Lund are on schedule. A film on Science and Religion is being prepared (according to the revised plan for the project approved by JTF). Output 7. Courses by Agora has been concluded, new course on What is life? for fall 2016 in preparation as well as seminars. Output 8: New science communicators have been recruited and a new communication plan for the project is being prepared. Output 9: The first version of the Interactive Book will be released in September and marketed at the national Book Fair in Gothenburg.At this stage of the project it is not possible to make a reliable estimation of outcomes, but there is positive evidence of the impact of the projects activities (for example the numbers of attendees at public events and the numbers of visits at the website. Special efforts of attract members of the primary group to courses are being under attention.

Some recent and upcoming events:

Diocese of Gothenburg (mainly activities by Sara Blom):
* August 24th: Seminar on confirmation
* August 25th: Continuing education in physics
* August 31th and October 26th: homiletical seminars
* September 21st: Continuing education for Lundby-parish.
* September 22th: Seminar at the National Book Fair in Gothenburg
* October 1st: Lecture at Mikaelskyrkan, Gothenburg.
* October 11th: Discussion on Bible and Science

Diocese of Lund (mainly activities of Sara Blom):
* July 17th: Lecture at the Fair of Kivik
* September 13th: Continuing Education
* September 20th: Homiletical Education
* October 2nd: Lecture in Kvistofta-parish
* October 19th: Regional meeting
* October 20th: Regional meeting

Other parts of Sweden:
* July 4th: Panel discussions in Almedalen, Visby
* Fall 2016: Academic course at Uppsala University
* September 18th: Seminar on time by Paul Davies and Antje Jackelén
* September 22nd: Lecture on the nature of consciousness.
* October 5th-6th: National Conference in Sigtuna
* October 6th: Public Conference on What is life?
* October 19th: Beginning of Course on the Way of Life
* October 30th: Continuing education for teachers
* August 30th and October 15th: Regional meetings within the Uniting Church

July 2016 (April-June)

Highlights during the period have been events i connection with the Science Festival in Gothenburg (lecture by Simon Martin Conway followed by a panel discussion, April 16th) and a scientific symposium with professor Conway and archbishop Antje Jackelén in Stockholm on April 19th. Courses initiated during the previous period have been concluded. Parish-lectures and seminars in the dioceses of Gothenburg and in the Diocese of Lund. Seminar at the National Conference of the Uniting Church of Sweden and in Uppsala. The steering group met in Gothenburg on the 15th of April and the presidium on June 8th in Uppsala. Meetings have been held at Sigtuna Foundation with Agora for Biosystemens. Significant progress has been made with the Interactive Book, the Baseline Assessment Report (estimated conclusion September 1st) and a communication plan. The project leaders met the leaders of a similar project in Durham and a joint presentation is prepared at AAR on Nov. 18th, 2016. Philip Clayton´s recent book on science and religion has been translated and academic courses during the fall of 2016 have met with great interest.

Most projected events are on schedule except the Interactive Book and the BAR-report. Output 1: In a revised plan for the whole project the aims of the BAR-report have been extended (according to the revised plan for the project approved by JTF). Report is projected to be delivered by September 1st. Output 2: The webpage (cousins.se) is continually updated and frequently visited (approx. 40 visitors/day and 300 visits/day). Three Newletters have been distributed during the period. Output 3: Conferences, seminars etc. at a national level are on schedule. Continuing education for teachers is being prepared Output 4: Academic courses for the fall of 2016 and 2017 are on schedule. Translation of Philip Clayton´s ”Religion and Science; the Basics” has been concluded and is under publication. Output 5 and 6: Activities in the dioceses of Gothenburg and Lund are on schedule. A film on Science and Religion is being prepared (according to the revised plan for the project approved by JTF). Output 7. Courses by Agora has been concluded, new course on What is life? for fall 2016 in preparation as well as seminars. Output 8: New science communicators have been recruited and a new communication plan for the project is being prepared. Output 9: The first version of the Interactive Book will be released in September and marketed at the national Book Fair in Gothenburg. At this stage of the project it is not possible to make a reliable estimation of outcomes, but there is positive evidence of the impact of the projects activities (for example the numbers of attendees at public events and the numbers of visits at the website. Special efforts of attract members of the primary group to courses are being under attention.

Some recent and upcoming events:

Diocese of Gothenburg (mainly activities by Sara Blom):
* August 24th: Seminar on confirmation
* August 25th: Continuing education in physics
* August 31th and October 26th: homiletical seminars
* September 21st: Continuing education for Lundby-parish.
* September 22th: Seminar at the National Book Fair in Gothenburg
* October 1st: Lecture at Mikaelskyrkan, Gothenburg.
* October 11th: Discussion on Bible and Science

Diocese of Lund (mainly activities of Sara Blom):
* July 17th: Lecture at the Fair of Kivik
* September 13th: Continuing Education
* September 20th: Homiletical Education
* October 2nd: Lecture in Kvistofta-parish
* October 19th: Regional meeting
* October 20th: Regional meeting

Other parts of Sweden:
* July 4th: Panel discussions in Almedalen, Visby
* Fall 2016: Academic course at Uppsala University
* September 18th: Seminar on time by Paul Davies and Antje Jackelén
* September 22nd: Lecture on the nature of consciousness.
* October 5th-6th: National Conference in Sigtuna
* October 6th: Public Conference on What is life?
* October 19th: Beginning of Course on the Way of Life
* October 30th: Continuing education for teachers
* August 30th and October 15th: Regional meetings within the Uniting Church

April 2016 (January-Mars)

Several lectures and seminars have occurred at the parish level in the Dioceses of Gothenburg and Lund (January 13th, 18th, 19th, 26th and 28th, Febr. 14th, 17th, and 18th, and March 8th, 11th and 15th). A course on theory and history of science has been arranged the Sigtuna Foundation (Febr. 17th, March 2nd and 16th). An academic course on Cognitive Science and the Sunday Service is up and running at the Stockholm School of Theology (SST) and regional meetings on science and religion arranged within the Uniting Church of Sweden (UCS, February 23rd and March 10th).

Articles about the project have been published in Sändaren (nr. 6, 2016; Journal of UCS), Kyrkans tidning (The Church Times of CS), Svensk Pastoraltidskrift (nr. 6, 2016; Pastoral Journal for ministers in CS), Göteborgsposten (Febr. 14th; Newspaper) and Lundby församlingsblad (nr. 1, 2016; Parish Journal, 35 000 copies).

The presidium has met twice (Febr. 4th and March 10). Meetings for preparation of activities has held with representatives of Agora/Sigtuna Foundation (Febr. 24th), Ibn Rushd (March 16th) and Verbum (Publishing House, March 16th). Similar meetings have been held by the participating partners of the project. Events in the dioceses of Skara, Karlstad, Luleå and Stockholm have been prepared.

The project was initiated two months later than expected, and adjustments had to be made. Everything is on schedule expect for two activities (Interactive Book and Work of Science Communicator). Output 1: A first version of the Baseline Assessment Report (BAR) is somewhat delayed, but underway with an extended theological analysis. BAR projected to be ready for delivery in the end of April. Output 2: The webpage (cusanus.se) is working as planned and continually updated. Two Newsletters published and distributed during period. Output 3: Conferences, seminars etc. at a national level are on schedule. Continuing education for teachers is being prepared for the fall of 2016. Output 4: Academic courses for the fall of 2016 and 2017 are on schedule. Translation of ”Religion and Science; the Basics” by Philip Clayton (2012) is in the making. Output 5 and 6: Activities in the dioceses of Gothenburg and Lund dioceses are on schedule. A film project might be added (pending approval of JTF). Output 7: Course by Agora on schedule and seminars in preparation. Seminar with Ibn Rushd prepared and course changed into two local events in Malmö and Umeå. Activities at SST on schedule as well as activities in the UCS. Output 8: The work of science communicator has partly been realized, but the work will be restarted with new personnel resources. Output 9: The Interactive Book has been delayed because of technical problems. A first edition of the product in the beginning of summer 2016 and make special marketing efforts at the National Book Fair in Gothenburg (Sept. 2016). At this stage of the project it is not possible to make a reliable estimation of outcomes, but there is positive anecdotal evidence of the impact of the project´s activities.

Some recent and upcoming events:

Diocese of Gothenburg:
* April 8th-9th: Events at the Festival of Science
* April 11th: On Jewry and Christendom
* April 12th: Lecture
* April 13th-17th: Participation in the Program for the General Public
* April 19th: Open evening
* April 20th: Regional Meeting
* May 26th: National meeting for Diocesan Theologians
* June 3rd: Regional Meeting
* June 30th: Parish Meeting

Diocese of Lund:
* April 21st: Regional Meeting
* April 26th-27th: Lecture at Conference on Society and Existence.
* May 18th: Meeting with Regional Consultants
* May 24th: Regional Meeting * May 25th: Regional Meeting
* June 5th: Guest Sermon in Malmö

Other parts of Sweden:
* April 7th: Meeting with science communicators in Uppsala.
* April 14th: Parish-lecture
* April 15th: Steering committee (with lecture by Simon Martin Conway)
* April 19th: Conference with Antje Jackelén and Simon Martin Conway
* May 5th-7th: Seminar at National Conference of UCS
* May 7th: Dialogue at Imam-conference in Gothenburg
* May 12th: Regional meeting of UCS
* July 4th: Events in Almedalen

International:
* April: 10th-12th: Meeting with David Wilkinson and Conference in Durham

Progress Report for the period March 1 to December 31 2015.

October 2015 (July-September)

The project was initated March 1st 2015, is moving forward as planned and gaining increasing attention. All activities from July until October have been realised according to the activities planned in the application.

The presidium has had meetings once a month and the steering-committee was assembled in Sigtuna on the October, 6th followed by a larger meeting attending to various aspects of the study of science and religion. The empirical survey is being analysed and the results will be presented in the Baseline Assessment Report (planned to be delivered in the beginning of 2016). The web-platform (www.cusanus.se) is up and running and two newsletters have been produced.

A lot of events have been realised during September and October in the dioceses of Gothenburg and Lund as well as the diocese of Västerås, which has arranged two out of three three-day seminars for their ministers. A conference for religious leaders in the Muslim community is in preparation.

A preliminary version of the interactive book has been presented. Several other events are upcoming during the next months.

The leaders of the project has sought cooperation with similar projects abroad and been in contact with professor David Wilkinson in Durham and the Abraham Kuypers Institute in Amsterdam.

Some recent and upcoming events:The project was initiated two months later than expected, and we had to make some adjustments in our planning. The project in now on schedule. Output 1 – the web-based questionnaire and interview-study – is under analysis and the results of the analysis will incorporated in the BAR. Output 2 – the web-platform – is continually updated throughout the period. One important part is recommendations for literature on science and religion. A special resource for teachers is in the making. Output 3 has been being realised by two-day conference in Sigtuna (6th-7th of October) as well as the national conference for the general public arranged by Agora for Biosystems (7th of October). Output 4 – academic courses – are being prepared for the autumn 2016 and the autumn 2017. Output 5 and 6 – activities in Gothenburg and Lund – have been realised according to plan and scheduled events for the next months are being prepared. Output 7 is also being prepared by a. Agora for Biosystems and b. Stockholm School of Theology and the c. Uniting Church (partly in collaboration).The diocese of Västerås has realised two of the three three three-day seminars for their ministers. Output 8 – the activity of the science journalist – has been realised by writing a summary from the two day conference in Sigtuna to be published in church media. Output 9 – the interactive book – is in preparation and was presented at the meeting of the steering committee in October.

The outcomes of these outputs among the project´s audiences are hard to evaluate at the present stage of the project. The webpage shows an increasing number of visitors (on average 100 per day with peaks of about 250). Two newsletters have been delivered in September and October to about 800 recipients.

Some recent and upcoming events:

Diocese of Gothenburg:
* Panel at the National Book Fair
* Conference on human consciousness with public event
* Islam and natural science. Lectures for religious leaders and the public
* Continuing education for minsters
* Open conference for the public on science and religion

Diocese of Lund:
* Continuing education for professional groups in the Church of Sweden
* Continuing education in homiletics for minsters in the diocese of Lund
* Seminar with ministers with doctoral degree (September 9th)
* Regional meeting with the Royal Academy of Sciences for teachers

Other parts of Sweden:
* Lecture in Strängnäs
* Service on national radio
* Three seminars for minsters in the diocese of Västerås
* Conference for Muslim leaders. In Stockholm
* Seminar on the brain. In Uppsala
* Symposium on human development

July 2015 (Mars-June)

The project Science and Faith – A Platform for dialogue and Education in Sweden – was initated March 1st 2015. The project was branded Cusanus after the famous 15the Century forerunner Nicolaus Cusanus.

Most of the planned activities activities have been realised. The steering-committee was assembled in Uppsala in May and the presidium has had meetings once a month. An empirical survey with a representative group of ministers and pastors accomplished in March-April and an Interview-study realised in May-June. A Baseline Assessment Report on Swedish theological thinking on science and religion is in the making. The web-platform (www.cusanus.se) is up and running.

A seminar with church leaders and scientists was arranged in Almedalen (a Swedish media event ) and attracted larger than anticipated interest. A lot of work is devoted to the preparations of events during the fall 2015. Several programs are in the making in the dioceses of Gothenburg and Lund. The diocese of Västerås has issued an invitation to three three-day seminars are planned for their ministers. A conference for religious leaders in the Muslim community is being prepared and a preliminary version of the interactive book will be presented at the meeting of the steering group in October.

The project was initiated two months later than expected, and we had to make some adjustments in our planning. The programme at the science festival in Gothenburg in April had to be canceled and the public launching of the project was realised at Almedalen (a Swedish media event) in June with a well-visited seminar with the participation of religious leaders (for example, the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden, Antje Jackelén) and scientists. Output 1 (web-based questionnaire and interview-study) has been delivered and the documentation is under way. Output 2 – the web-platform is realised. Output 3 is being planned for the fall 2015 and program for the two-day conference in Sigtuna as well as a national conference for the general public arranged by Agora for Biosystems. Output 4 – academic course in 2016 are being prepared. Output 5 and 6 (activities in the dioceses of Gothenburg and Lund is being prepared. Output 7 is also being prepared by Agora for Biosystems and Stockholm School of theology and the Equmenia Church in collaboration.The diocese of Västerås has issued an invitation to three three-day seminars in September-November are planned for their ministers. Output 8 – the activity of the science journalist – is already realised in conjunction with the meeting of the steering committee in May. Output 9 – the interactive book – is in preparation and a preliminary version of the interactive book will be presented at the meeting of the steering group in October. The outcomes of these outputs among the primary, secondary and tertiary audiences are hard to evaluate at the present stage of the project. A press-release from Uppsala university made an important impact and the seminar in Almedalen was well-visited. The webpage shows an increasing number of visitors.

Recent events:
* Public seminar i Almedalen (June, 29th) with the participation of archbishop Antje Jackelen, rabbi Ute Steyer, professors Mohammad Fazlashemi, Jan Blomgren and Torbjörn Fagerström (Moderator: Lotta Knutsson Bråkenhielm)

Some upcoming events at the Sigtuna foundation:
* Meeting with the steering committee in October with academic lectures .
* Public conference arranged by Agora for Biosystems

Some upcoming events in the diocese of Gothenburg:
* Panelconversation at the Book fair
* Regional meetings
* Islam and natural science. Lecture
* Continuing education for minsters

Some upcoming events in the diocese of Lund:
* Continuing education for professional groups in the Church of Sweden
* Continuing education in homiletics for minsters
* Regional activities
Some upcoming events in other dioceses:
* Lecture in Strängnäs
* Three three-day seminars for minsters in the diocese of Västerås

* Conference for Muslim leaders

Carl Reinhold Bråkenhielm, Project Leader

 

 

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