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Kenya

Dialogue in Religion and Science Group (DRS)

Moi University
Eldoret

This society has assembled a core group of participants, both professors and students, from the academic community of Moi University, Maseno University, and Western University of Science and Technology, representing the disciplines of religion, anthropology, botany, physics, chemistry, sociology, and language, to promote the public understanding of the critical value for a science and faith dialogue in Africa. The group comes together to explore topics such as the integration of science-religion and its relation to development and sustainability, holistic healthcare techniques of indigenous practitioners, and the challenge to traditional healers and Western-trained medical scientists to do collaborative work. Beginning with basic overviews of meaning, purpose, and methods in science and in religion, public offerings address the roles that each have played in Africa, and explore the potential for a contemporary interface for the future. Broadly advertised and promoted events are held at various locations each month to support extensive outreach to the public-at-large, scholars, medical doctors, and traditional healers, both within and outside of the university community. DRS supports collaborative public lectures with other institutions, increasing participation and membership by inviting others to participate in society events. An annual national conference also promotes membership development and outreach. DRS sponsors an essay competition for secondary and university students. A bi-monthly newsletter and conference proceedings are published to disseminate local and international news and activities in science and religion.

Nigeria

Association for the Study of the Interplay between Religion and Science (ASIRS)

University of Maiduguri
Maiduguri, Borno State

This group of scholars, representing four educational institutions in northeastern Nigeria, brings together academics with expertise in Islamic studies, education, science, and chaplaincy to this advanced regional outreach and engagement project. Focused on promoting science and religion dialogue on a broad and participatory level, core members come together to present seminars and workshops within educational, medical and religious institutions in the region. Presentations provide an opportunity to promote ASIRS, enrich and refine programming, and identify and attract new members. Monthly society meetings focus on readings and discussion of specific topics such as religion and health, the environment, and information technology. Quarterly talks – well publicized and open to the public –invite members of institutions at which the society has made presentations to come together with other members of the community. ASIRS also sponsors a newsletter and publication of conference proceedings and contributed works of members. Members also have access to office and library facilities at the University of Maiduguri. Another major initiative of ASIRS is the promotion and establishment of science and religion clubs in post-primary and secondary schools throughout the region. The society also hosts an annual conference which commissions papers from scholarly leadership and competitive presentations by students themselves.

Exploring Contemporary Issues in Science, Religion and the Environment in an African Context

Nigerian Association for the Study and Teaching of Religion and the Natural Sciences (NASTRENS)
University of Ilorin
Ilorin

With a core planning group of six members and a larger base of over thirty scholars representing over twenty disciplines, this society convenes monthly to explore a wide range of topics. These topics include the history of science, evolution, science and religion dialogue in an African context, Western science and religion in Africa, environmental concerns related to the science-faith discussion in Africa, African cosmology and evolution, science and African cultural beliefs, and much more. In addition to local advertising, the group invites participation from surrounding institutions representing multi-faith perspectives. To involve students, the society offers courses, fieldtrips, and an essay competition. Support for this society is provided by NASTRENS and the University of Ilorin.

Uganda

Science, Spirituality and Healing

Religion and Scientific Promoters Among the Youth in Uganda (RSPYU)
Scripture Union of Uganda
Kampala, Busia and Bigiri Districts

This initiative calls upon the expertise of core contributing members from the departments of religious studies and social science of Makerere University, the Institute of Public Health and the local medical school, Islamic University in Uganda, Mbara University of Science and Technology, and Mukono Christian University to provide facilitated discussion and presentation to twenty colleges, academies, and high schools in the Busia and Bigiri districts of Uganda. The primary focus of the effort is concentrated on exploring the principles of belief in spirituality and healing that are relevant to the African/Ugandan culture and to promoting interest amongst high school and college students in the pursuit of a deeper understanding of religion and science. Presentations and discussions, facilitated by members, will explore topics in spiritual and traditional-herbalist and scientific models of healing in an Africa context; contributions of religion and science to Ugandan society; and concepts and perspectives in African traditional medicine and modern scientific medical models. Activities include a combination of conferences, symposia, competitions, and camps for selected students and teachers. A major part of this effort includes networking with other emerging science-faith efforts in Uganda to exchange facilitators, speakers, and students. The publication of booklets and pamphlets for use in high schools, teacher training colleges, seminaries, and other institutions assist in outreach to locate other contributors.

African Areopagus Society

Uganda Christian University
Mukono

This society establishes a permanent presence in the campus and community, inviting membership from the faculties of theology and the sciences, students, chaplains, medical practitioners, and administrators. The society is reaching out to teachers and students in area colleges, schools, and religious institutions, government agencies, and NGOs in the region. Integrating a range of scientific views, the society explores issues in ethics, earth and environment, physics and metaphysics, life and health, and the human being. Monthly meetings of the society culminate in three major free public workshops; regular lectures, conferences, and debates; and sponsorship of related cultural and religious events throughout the year. Outreach to promote activities and increase membership includes flyers, newspaper advertisements, and personal invitations. A website, e-newsletter, and a phone-in program on the University’s radio station will support continued communication and activity between meetings. Additionally, the Society is promoting the development of a satellite center in Kabale, Uganda, and bring the two groups together once yearly. Matching funds are provided by Uganda Christian University.

African Centre of Religion and Science (ACRS)

ILASH: Institute of Leadership, Applied Science and Human Security
Kampala

Founded in 2001, the program of ACRS began with the development of courses in science and religion at Makerere University and the production of a basic reader entitled Understanding Religion and Science in the African Context. Current core members represent the fields of theology, interdisciplinary studies, peace and conflict studies, religious studies, education, public health, agriculture, development, and zoology. The expansion of LSI into ACRS seeks to understand African indigenous knowledge in relation to modern science and faith through hosting workshops, seminars, and discussion forums for students, scholars, and teachers in secondary and higher education. Some of the topics to be explore include health and spirituality; integrative education; and science, faith and African religious traditions. Open events will be publicized and broadcast through national radio and television. To enhance networking and collaboration between LSI groups in East Africa, ACRS will also host an Inter-University Symposium on science and religion, inviting members of LSI groups, civil society organizations, and the public. A newsletter, additional volumes of the established Religion and Science Series, and the African Journal of Health and Spirituality will provide resources for current and future leaders in the field. Matching funds are provided by the Institute of Leadership, Applied Science and Human Security.

Department of Dialogue in Religion and Science

United Religious Initiative
Kampala

The United Religious Initiative in Uganda is comprised of a group of individuals representing a diversity of religious, academic, and spiritual backgrounds to “promote interfaith dialogue and a culture of peace and respect.” The Department promotes this same approach to the science-faith discussion through the establishment of Religion and Science Clubs in Ugandan High Schools, Seminaries, Colleges, Universities, and congregations. Through club activities, the group hopes to promote the consideration of religion and science in the context of African culture; development of an African hermeneutic methodology that will critically address science and faith issues; empowerment of students and clergy in their knowledge and consideration of relevant issues; and promote interdisciplinary exploration and the forging of a new challenge in contemporary education. These clubs encourage members to publish findings and proceedings in the African Journal of Religion and Science of Makerere University. Workshops and seminars are also organized to bring together members and leaders of the various clubs to explore current topics and theories in science and religion in relation to African culture and theology. Members, collectively, are also involved in producing pamphlets and discussion materials for use during meetings.