The Logos and Cosmos Initiative builds on the Big Issues in the University Project (2017-18), which aimed to identify big issues that IFES groups were grappling with around the world, and to identify what resources were needed to address them. Regional consultations brought together staff, academics and students from different countries to share and learn about the issues and questions facing Christians in their universities. In the process, participants also learnt how to better integrate their Christian and academic lives and reflected on how to effectively engage the whole university.
In order to help address the issues and opportunities raised by the Big Issues in the University Project, IFES made an application to the John Templeton Foundation (JTF) for funding a project to increase the engagement of the sciences with theology amongst university students. Eventually, funding was received for a five-year project starting in September 2020, which focuses on mentoring and building the capacity of a new generation of young leaders, called ‘Catalysts’. We have called this the Logos and Cosmos Initiative (LCI).
Initially, the LCI will focus on the IFES regions of Latin America and Francophone Africa. Please pray with us as we see Catalysts take Theology and Science conversations in directions that are particularly relevant to Majority World contexts.