Synodical Task Force on Science and Religion
East Central Synod of Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
This project is designed as a prototype format with the aim of serving as a “consultant, presenter, and model” for the other 64 ELCA Synods. The society promotes “literacy” in modern issues in science and religion at all levels and ages within the Synod. Their plan focuses on an in-depth examination of four major areas of concern in the science and religion dialogue: its definition, history, future, and value. The group’s activities include preparing a diverse set of educational materials and teaching tools for clergy and congregational use that lend themselves to updating as scientific progress dictates. The society plans to become an important voice within the Synod at conferences and retreats, as well as to provide consultation in bringing the dialogue to congregants. Additional activities include public forums; the establishment of a science/religion library of books, videos, and other materials; production of a newsletter; and a web site for sharing information widely. Additionally, a plan for broad outreach to the community includes making use of radio, television, newspapers for publicizing the dialogue. Matching funds are provided by the Siebert Lutheran Foundation and the East Central Synod of Wisconsin Endowment Fund.