FASTLY - Faith & Science Teaching

Training Materials: Training Session 2: Introduction to Thinking FASTly

Training Session 2: Introduction to Thinking FASTly

: 75 minutes

The teachFASTly resources are about making richer connections between faith and science in the classroom that move beyond a narrow focus on a few controversial issues. This session is intended to introduce participants to the process of making these connections. It includes a series of interactive group activities, with presentation resources and handouts provided. This leader guide includes the information needed to lead the session.


  • Participants will see the potential for multiple kinds of connections between faith and science.
  • Participants will explore examples of different kinds of connections between faith and science.
  • Participants will understand how to use in a way that attends to the multiple connections between faith and science.

Preparing the Session

Before leading this session, it is strongly recommended that you read at least the following brief pages from

Teaching FASTly?

Seeing, Engaging, Reshaping

Discovering Multiple Intersections

The short articles in the Insights section of the site will broaden your understanding of the thinking behind the resources. The three articles linked above are a minimal starting point and explain the key concepts informing the site. Browse a selection of the FASTly teaching activities, noticing that different Activity Maps have different emphases and strategies, and avoid basing your sense of the site only on quick impressions.

You will need: the presentation slides in Introduction to thinking FASTly, a copy for each participant of Science, Technology and Motivations, and a copy for each group of three participants of Bible Class and Science Class and Aspects of Faith and Teaching (with the second page cut up into a set of cards). You can also download a script and session outline to use with these activities.

If you have more time you can pause at any time for more whole-group discussion. If you have less time you can select among the activities below as long as you cover the main points and participants receive What is Teaching FASTly. You could also use each of the three main activities below as a standalone department meeting, with more time to work together on practical follow through.