Jan 11-12, 2017

St Edmund's College

Aim of Course

This professional workshop is designed for church leaders, lay or ordained, and those in training. Come and explore a wide range of science and faith issues and think about their relevance in the context of the local church. A team of leading speakers will address key scientific areas such as cosmology, evolutionary biology, genetics, ecology and neuroscience. There will be plenty of opportunity for group discussion as well as input on practical and pastoral application and examples of imaginative church resources.

The workshop will run from 9.30am on Wednesday 11 Jan 2017 to 5pm on Thursday 12 Jan 2017 and there will be no evening sessions. The cost of this two day workshop is only £50 which includes tea & coffee breaks, a sandwich lunch on both days and all workshop materials. Places are limited to 50.

NB: delegates will be responsible for their own overnight accommodation and evening meals. There are many places to eat within walking distance and a list of accommodation will be provided on request.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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  • Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles : Pastoral issues in neurological and psychiatric illness
  • Keith Fox : Genetics and faith
  • Revd Dr Dave Gregory : Science and religion with children and young people.
  • Lizzie Henderson : Science and faith for children and young people
  • Revd Dr Rodney Holder : Is the universe designed? Cosmology and faith
  • Revd Dr Victoria Johnson : Science and mission in local congregations
  • Rt Revd Dr David Thomson (Bishop of Huntingdon) : Building Better Bridges – science and faith working together historically, nationally and locally.
  • Dr Ruth Valerio : Why care for creation?
  • John Wyatt : Ethical issues at the start and end of life

Venue

The course will be held in the Garden Room of St Edmund’s College.

Course Schedule

Wednesday January 11
9.30 am Welcome and Introductions
10.00 am Rt Revd Dr David Thomson (Bishop of Huntingdon): Building Better Bridges science and faith working together historically, nationally and locally
11.15 am Coffee Break
11.45 am Revd Dr Rodney Holder: Is the universe designed?
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Revd Dr Dave Gregory,  Lizzie Henderson: Science and religion with children and young people
3.15 pm Coffee Break
3.45 pm Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles: Pastoral issues arising from neurological and psychiatric illness
5.00 pm End of Day
 

Thursday January 12

8.30 am Morning Prayer at St Edmund’s Chapel
9.00 am Prof. Keith Fox: God, DNA and genetics
10.15 am Coffee Break
10.45 am Revd Dr Victoria Johnson: Science and mission in local congregations
12.00 pm Group Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Dr Ruth Valerio: Why care for creation?
3.15 pm Coffee Break
3.45 pm Prof. John Wyatt: Matters of life and death
5.00 pm Any Questions?

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