Project Overview

project overview

The Catalyst Project uses storytelling as a medium through which students can both explore their own approaches to integrating science and faith and learn from and be inspired by their peers who are also wrestling with large and complex theological and vocational questions. This project provides Gustavus students with opportunities to think deeply about their faith and their passion for science in the context of vocation.

Many students who identify as religious also pursue scientific majors and vocations. However, these students often have rarely had an opportunity to think deeply about how to integrate their faith and their passion for science. This can lead to students thinking that they must choose between their faith and a future career in science or healthcare. The Catalyst Project is intended to give students a space in which they can explore their beliefs and values and learn from and support their peers.

The Questions We Ask

  1. How did you get interested in science and/or math?
  2. What do you hope to do with your degree/interest in science?
  3. What talents and gifts do you have?
  4. Who are the most influential people in your life? How have they influenced you?
  5. What beliefs define you?
  6. What beliefs are common in your discipline?
  7. What scientific issues scare you (as a Christian)?
  8. What biblical teachings or personal faith issues scare you as you pursue science?
  9. How have your beliefs changed as you pursue your vocation?
  10. How is your pursuit of your vocation informed by your faith?

This project was made possible through the support of an award from the Science and Theology for Emerging Adult Ministries project at Fuller Theological Seminary. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Fuller or the STEAM project.