Figure from a paper I wrote in chemistry graduate school. Today, after a year in seminary I wrote out a very brief statement of purpose in the form of a letter to the Simple Way in Philadelphia. I wonder, what Christian ministries exist for teaching science and math to underprivileged youth?
Dear Simple Way,
I am a Princeton Seminary student who is interested in learning more about intentional Christian communities. My original profession is in the field of chemistry. I obtained a Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Berkeley where I worked in a field known as structural biology. In this area, scientists study the shapes of biological molecules. It was here that I became amazed by the beauty of the natural world and grew to adopt a religious awe of the natural order. I left the field of chemistry to obtain a deeper understanding of the Christian faith in an academic setting by attending seminary. I am interested in striving to implement simple living as an avenue to provide affordable science education to youth who might not have the opportunity to obtain such knowledge. It is my long term goal to participate in educational ministries to reach such youth. Unfortunately, at the moment, I am lacking knowledge in how to begin this path. I have some experience with intentional Christian communities having volunteered some at the Open Door Community in Atlanta, Georgia. I seek your help in knowing more about the ministries of the Simple Way to learn about modern monastic practices. If possible, I would be happy to speak to anyone at the Simple Way. I am willing to travel down from Princeton to Philadelphia to visit the ministry. I am grateful for any help that you can provide.
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