The Center for Biblical and Theological Education (CBTE) strives to become an international center for the development of biblical fluency and theological articulacy in the world today. To further this goal, the CBTE will provide three different types of grants to empower eligible faculty and staff to receive and conduct biblical and theological education (BTE), to explore BTE’s intersections with specific academic disciplines, and to enable related consultations. These grants will enable SPU’s five professional schools and the four divisions within the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as student- focused institutional units, to pursue BTE for themselves and the people with whom they live and work.
All proposals will include biblical/theological elements and address one or more of our stakeholders (SPU students, SPU faculty, SPU staff, and the broader church & community). The objective of developing a vision and curricular program that appropriately reflects SPU’s signature commitment to BTE (SPU Signature Commitment #2: “Seattle Pacific University will be a place that embraces the Christian story, becoming biblically and theologically educated”) will be central to this work. Faculty or academic units may examine how the biblical text and broader theological implications affect or may be applied to their discipline, curriculum, or research. Awards will also be made for further research into biblical and theological illiteracy in the Christian university, church and community and for creative programs that address this problem.
Grants up to a total of $50,000 will be awarded annually, beginning in August of 2010 (see schedule information). Individual faculty members can request up to $5,000 for compensation, travel, books, and other materials, project development and/or research expenses. Academic units or institutional departments can request up to $10,000 to support consultations, curriculum development, scholarly or discipline-specific projects, or programs supporting biblical and theological education.