2016-18 Roundtables on Science & Religion, a project of The Leadership Connection; David Thom, Project Director; [email protected], cambridgeroundtable.org, 617-258-7333 3 Mt. Lebanon Street, Pepperell MA 01463, cell: 413-259-1083 Science & religion (S&R) are the two strongest and at times most volatile rival forces world-wide and yet our leading U.S. universities are not known for conducting research that intersects the two together. With 18 Roundtables (RTs) having been conducted over the last year, we have proven that our Coordinators produce an experience with S&R investigation that is personally satisfying and professionally stimulating to America’s faculty at its top universities. Ground-breaking leaders as we are, these results are low-hanging fruit. Our Aim and Purpose in extending our partnership is to move participants past expressions of interest in exploration of S&R toward expressions of collaborative research and the routing of partnering participants toward applications for funding in S&R research. The momentum that has been created in these five groundbreaking convocation of scholars needs at the very least an unbroken sequence of semesterly rallying points to build on confidences in the program sponsorship, its inter-magisterial leadership, and the growing comfort of its inter-disciplinary community. Our first grant’s Outcomes had expectations of RT participants gaining new insights in S&R and of exploring S&R intersections with other participants. Another stated Outcome “doubles-down” on these results: “In the 3 years following this project, we look forward to seeing participants at each location conducting public explorations of S&R in the classroom or in other public settings together with other participants.” In keeping with the sound thinking behind Templeton’s substantial initial investment, follow-up investment must immediately be made in the training of a layer of Local Roundtable Leaders (LRLs) whose mandate is the catalyzing of relationships that will lead to the routing of diverse partners toward united applications for funding in S&R research: an imperative requiring deft in coaching, guidance and leadership. “Meeting and greeting” is fleeting, but “dating and relating” can be grating. Dramatic research results aren’t drawn from easy homogenous thinking - instead it grows from a team of rivals. Coordinators on the brink of urging forth uninterrupted Templeton sponsorship risk losing LRL volunteer investment that is so critical to forming a team approach in guiding grant applicants in overcoming the polarizing differences in S&R advocacy. The very human concern for the guiding of scholars that one day move institutions is a fitting Templeton investment.