Science Education from the Church


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.

Thank you,
Kaya Erbil

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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