Ambrose Seminary

Ambrose Seminary is embedded in Ambrose University and located in Calgary, Alberta. Calgary’s economy is largely based on oil and gas production. Thus, the questions associated with climate change and ecological justice are uniquely poised in this context where Seminary students may be actively working with congregations in the oil and gas industry and/or that are directly impacted by this industry, and/or who are wishing to mobilize the community related issues or actions. Ambrose University offers an opportunity for the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to collaborate on adapting existing Seminary courses and to develop new Seminary courses that integrate climate change science into their curriculum.

The Engaging Climate Change in Seminary Curriculum grant at Ambrose Seminary has allowed Ambrose to build on existing points of collaboration and develop new avenues between the Seminary and its Theology faculty and the University and its Science faculty. This has included recruiting Dr. Stephen Jeans, an Earth and Space Science lecturer at Ambrose University, as a science advisor. Dr. Jeans is also a public educator around climate science. Our project entitled “Climate Change, Biblical Justice, and A Theology of the Earth” integrated climate science into two of our Seminary courses and hosted three events for the entire Ambrose University (and Seminary), which were open to the public. In total, these activities engaged roughly 550 people and sparked excitement among students, faculty, staff, and community partners about future work towards climate efforts at Ambrose and in our communities across Calgary and Alberta. Ambrose’s location makes teaching about climate change unique because Calgary’s economy is largely based on oil and gas production. Thus, the questions associated with climate change and ecological justice are uniquely poised in this context where Seminary students may be actively working with congregations in the oil and gas industry and/or that are directly impacted by this industry, and/or who are wishing to mobilize the community around these issues. In the Spring 2022, Dr. Beth Stovell integrated climate science education into her BT 601 Biblical Theology of Justice Seminary course. Dr. Jeans joined the class for two sessions, helping student navigate the key beliefs and questions associated with climate change and ecological justice.

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In furtherance of the AAAS mission of advancing science in service to society, AAAS|DoSER’s role in the Science for Seminaries project is to support efforts to integrate science into seminary education. AAAS|DoSER does not advise on or endorse the theological content of the participating seminaries.