Science, Theology, and Religion Initiatives

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Science and Theology for Emerging Adult Ministries

Funded by: The John Templeton Foundation

A three-year, $2 million movement within young adult ministries activating leaders to engage the sciences with Christian life and theology

Team

Greg Cootsona: Project Leader
Dave Navarra: Co-Project Leader
Drew Rick-Miller: Web Curator
Justin Barrett: Senior Consultant
Rebecca Sok: Project Coach
Sarey Martin: Project Facilitator
Zach Ellis: Research Assistant
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TheoPsych: Bringing Theology to Mind

Funded by: The John Templeton Foundation

This program will train 60 scholars in psychological science with relevant theological inquiry, generating valuable educational resources

Team

Justin Barrett: Project Leader
Rebecca Sok: Managing Leader
Oliver Crisp: Seminar Convener and Curricular Consultant
Kutter Callaway: Key Academic Contributor
Allison Wiltshire: Project Administrator

Current Projects

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Conversations in Community

Funded by: The TBF Foundation

This project aims to change our approach to faith and science work from isolated events to engaging an entire community in conversation over time. It provides support for four colleges to develop and enter into a year-long set of strategic activities sparking, sustaining, and normalizing conversation around faith and science in their campus communities. This process will generate resources, including a guidebook of lessons learned, for other institutions to benefit from the insights yielded by this pilot project.

Project Goals: Equip Campus Leadership

This project seeks to equip college campus leadership for conversations around faith and science both during the project’s life and beyond its conclusion. As part of the year-long series of strategic activities at the four colleges, leaders at those campuses will be equipped with customized resources to increase the impact of their events, including:

  • Coaching curriculum for both one-on-one and small group campus discussions
  • Training for leaders and student-life professionals on utilizing coaching methods for faith and science conversations

These campus activities will yield more resources that will increase the project’s impact beyond its initial audience, including a guidebook of insights from this pilot project for distribution to other institutions, with suggested best practices based on feedback from the four colleges.

Project Team

Rebecca Sok

Rebecca Sok

Project Leader

Rebecca Sok holds a master’s degree in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA and has a background in student development. She has developed a coaching curriculum to support student exploration of their social context, identity, and intellectual questions on faith and science.

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Laird Edman

Academic Contributor

Laird Edman specializes in the cognitive science of religion, emotional intelligence, and teaching and assessing critical thinking. He holds a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota as well as two master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame.

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Justin Barrett

Project Consultant
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Kristen Capodanno

Project Facilitator
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Taelor Lamansky

Research Assistant

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Completed Projects

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Psychological Science Serving Ministry

Funded By: The John Templeton Foundation

This project moved beyond academic conversation to make a practical impact in the day-to-day use of psychological science in ministry settings. Throughout the two-year program, the team created service opportunities by establishing steps in training psychological scientists in more effective ministry-oriented disseminations, as well as engaging ministry professionals in collaborative and relevant practice. As these resources and relationships developed, we sought to bring the best of psychology to the service of ministry.

Project Team

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Cynthia Ericksson

Project Leader
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Brad D. Strawn

Project Co-Leader
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Justin L. Barrett

Senior Consultant
Rebecca Sok

Rebecca Sok

Project Coach
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Brandi Weaber

Project Facilitator
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Kristen Capodanno

Project Facilitator
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Jaime Camphouse

Research Assistant
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Gianna Kozel

Research Assistant

Resources

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PLPIT: The Sermon Hub

Funded By: The John Templeton Foundation

PLPIT: The Sermon Hub was a two-year project focused on a series of three sermon award contests to facilitate preacher engagement with scientific and theological research concerning gratitude, purpose, and the cosmos. This project increased the accessibility of research in these areas by developing sermon resources, conducting contests for outstanding examples of sermons that effectively incorporated new research findings into their messages, and developing a network of preachers using science in sermons.

Project Team

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Justin L. Barrett

Project Leader
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Gerry Pickett

Project Co-Leader
Rebecca Sok

Rebecca Sok

Project Coach
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Brandi Weaber

Project Facilitator
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Zach Ellis

Research Assistant
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Michael Wiltshire

Research Assistant

Resources

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Recruiting Field Data for Cognitive Science of Religion Questions

Funded By: The John Templeton Foundation

Focusing on collecting research on religious rituals and local concepts of spirits and gods from around the world, this two-year project was concerned with answering two questions: (1) Is there a natural structure to thought concerning religious rituals that is common across all cultures, and (2) does local physical geography impact the distribution of religious beliefs about gods among people?

Project Team

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Justin L. Barrett

Project Leader
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R. Daniel Shaw

Project Co-Leader
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Brandi Weaber

Project Facilitator
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Jonathan Grimes

Research Assistant
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Joseph Pfeiffer

Research Assistant
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This three-year, $2 million grant focused on prayer, divine love, and human origins through the lens of analytic theology.

Project Team

Oliver Crisp

Oliver Crisp

Project Leader
Rebecca Sok

Rebecca Sok

Project Coach
Allison Wiltshire

Allison Wiltshire

Project Facilitator
James Arcadi

James Arcadi

Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Jordan Wessling

Jordan Wessling

Post-doctoral Research Fellow
JT Turner

J. T. Turner

Post-doctoral Research Associate
Jesse Gentile

Jesse Gentile

PhD Student in Analytic Theology
Chris Woznicki

Christopher Woznicki

PhD Student in Analytic Theology

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Contact Info
STAR Team

Justin Barrett

Chief Project Developer
staroffice@fuller.edu

Allison Wiltshire

Project Facilitator
allisonwiltshire@fuller.edu

Sarey Martin

Project Facilitator
sareymartin@fuller.edu

Rebecca Sok

Managing Director and Project Coach
rsok@fuller.edu

Kristen Capodanno

Grant Operations Manager
kristencapodanno@fuller.edu

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