Thanking God for ASA 2016 and A Grant to Expand in 2017


Students working on a webcomic at a breakfast gathering with American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) Council member Johnny Lin. Image courtesy of Tom Grosh.

This was my first time at the ASA meeting and it is easily one of the highlights of my adult life. Being able to connect with other Christians who take science and faith seriously is an invaluable source of encouragement when returning to contexts that are suspicious about science-faith interaction (be it in the church or in the academy). – Mark, Student/Early Career Participant

Around 45 students and early career scientists gathered at the ASA 2016 Annual Meeting, which also celebrated the 75th anniversary of the organization. In collaboration with ASA, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) was delighted to offer a pilot student track, a great discussion of webcomics with Johnny Lin (at 7 am breakfast!), and a reception with the keynote speakers.

It was wonderful to meet so many student and early career participants connecting with each other, meeting more experienced ASA members, and giving talks. We thank you for your prayers, and we thank God for blessing this opportunity.

We’re also delighted to announce that we have received grant funding through Fuller Seminary’s Science and Theology for Emerging Adult Ministry (STEAM) program. This will let us expand to a larger student/early career track at ASA’s 2017 meeting in Colorado (see pdf description here), publish a science/faith curriculum here at the blog leading up to the event, facilitate InterVarsity GFM small groups interacting with the curriculum, and publish a booklet version in 2017. Stay tuned for more on all of that, and let us know if you’re interested in being involved. And please join us in thanking God for these great opportunities. To God be the glory!

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