New Zealand Christians in Science/Ngā Karaitiana Kimi Matū celebrates the interface between the natural sciences and Christian theology. It resources and supports the church, students and the wider community on issues of faith and science. NZCIS mediates between the worlds of the working scientist and that of the Church and faith.
NZCIS holds a full programme of lectures, webinars, seminars, and conferences.
These happen both nationally, online, and in various locations around the country.
Since Covid we have collaborated with ISCAST (the Australian organisation in Science and Theology) to host two series of Conversations a year. Several groups around the country use these short Conversations as a basis for discussion.
In 2023 we are piloting a mentoring program. We are taking around 15 young theologians and scientists on a one-year guided reading project.
NZCIS has partnered with Otago University to teach a course in Christian Theology and Science.
Churches and Schools
Rev’d Greg and Rev’d Emily Holmes are developing a popular Schools and Churches program for introducing Theology and Science themes into schools and congregational life
NZCIS was founded with a grant from the Templeton World Charity in 2017, following on from a number of previous more local groups. The future of NZCIS, however, depends on you and your future participation. Let us know how you would like to contribute, and what kinds of events you would find helpful.
NZCIS celebrates the interface between the natural sciences and Christian theology.
It supports and promotes a holistic, evolutionary understanding of cosmic and biological history, in dialogue with and informed by Christian faith. Within those parameters we seek lively dialogue and wide-ranging investigation of the sciences and theology. We invite open dialogue and partnership with Mātauranga Maori and those of other faiths. And we seek to partner with all those working to heal the earth and to live more lightly on it.
In both the academy and the Churches science and theology are discussed appreciatively and respectfully. Science and faith are discussed in numerous venues and young scientists and theological students seek out these conversations at least in part in dialogue with Mātauranga Māori.
Our Values are grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and expressed in this unique setting.
We seek to enter into these discussions as faithful followers of Christ.
We value rigour in scientific research and openness to the findings of science about God’s creation.
Respecting the Treaty
We are committed to live as tangata Tiriti in Aotearoa and we are open to the journey this will take us on.
Individual members hold a variety of positions. We promote vigorous discussion between members characterised by grace, humility and love as we seek the truth, and an expanding vision of the gospel and the cosmos.
We remain open to the new paths exploration will take us on, committed to the truth but allowing for diverse exploratory pathways.
We will support Christians who work in the fields of science, defined here as biological sciences, physics and cosmology, psychology, medicine, engineering, technology and mathematics.
Encourage discussion on matters of faith and science within universities, theological colleges and churches by:
- Educating and mentoring students and professionals in issues of intersection between the Christian faith and science
- Working actively with university and seminary students, to promote integrative reflection and study
Engage the public on issues of theology and its interplay with science by:
- Promoting dialogue between Christians and scientists within New Zealand society
- Promoting the integration of science and faith to the Christian churches of New Zealand
Templeton World Charity
A Philanthropic organization that supports scientific and theological research on a range of topics and encourages informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians.
A New Zealand foundation established to support faith-based organizations working towards making a positive impact on local communities.
The Maclaurin-Goodfellow Board donated Maclaurin Chapel to the University of Auckland and oversees and funds the chaplaincy work at Maclaurin Chapel.
Our International Partners
NZCIS is partnered with similar organisations around the world on an informal basis.
The Australian Science and Theology Institute.
The American Institute for Science and Theology engagement founded by Francis Collins.
Christians in Science (UK)
A CIS in the UK.
The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion
A United Kingdom society focusing on academic discussions around faith and science.
The American Scientific Affiliation
An US-based, international network for Christians in the sciences.
The European Society for the Study of Science and Theology.
Our New Zealand Partners
The InterChurch Bioethics Council
An Ethics Advisory team representing Methodist, Anglican and Presbyterian churches.
A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand
ARANZ is a Christian Environmental Organisation.
Science Engaged Theological Women
A network of women engaged in theology and science.
Otago University Theology Department
NZCIS has partnered with Otago to teach a Summer School course in Science and Theology.
St John's Willis Street
A Presbyterian Church in the Centre of Wellington.