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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 141 - January 2018


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December 2017 Newsletter No. 141
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him (Matthew 2:10-11) 

Team Faraday thank you for your support over the last year and all of us join in wishing you a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Course: Disasters, Faith, and Resilience

Westminster College (Cambridge)

13-15 April 2018

This course explores the causes and effects of disasters on those caught up in them, and the role that religious faith has on those affected. We cover disasters with undoubted human causes, including the Lockerbie air crash murders and epidemics, and so-called ‘natural disasters’, such as the New Orleans hurricane and the Haiti earthquake, which killed 230,000 people. It transpires that ‘natural’ disasters often owe their major impact to human factors. An international panel of expert speakers will address theological aspects thrown up by our experience of disasters and suffering; scientific causes and possible responses to disasters; and the practical ways in which we might respond as individuals and as communities to disasters both at home and abroad. The weekend will be enriched by personal testimonies from those who have been through deep disasters in Haiti, New Orleans, Lockerbie and Africa.

Deadline for applications: 26 March 2018
Watch the second film in the series "Friend in the Machine" 
Faraday "Out & About " - What have we been up to? 
Peter Robinson travelled to Vancouver for the “Spiritualties of Human Enhancement and Artificial Intelligence” International Conference at The Saskatchewan Centre for Science and Religion.

Denis Alexander and Andrew Jackson spent a week in Hong Kong, which included speaking at Hong Kong University, City University, Shatin Anglican Church, Union Church and St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. A Faraday Course is being planned for Hong Kong for 4-5 May 2018.

Roger Abbott has been in the Philippines for the last six weeks conducting research for the “Life in the pressure Cooker” research project exploring natural disasters. Some of research will be presented at the April Course and our Science Festival Event in March.

Hilary Marlow attended the
Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion in Boston. While there she took part in a day’s workshop organised by the Scriptural Reasoning in the University group, presented an academic paper on the Book of Amos and participated in events organised by the International Society for Science and Religion.
Can't make our events in person, don't worry, all of our seminars, talks, lectures and public festivals are available on the Multimedia part of our website. We have over 600 talks for you to watch or listen to at your convenience. 
Research Seminar Series 
Seminars for the Lent term will start again on the 23 January 2018

23 January
Science and religion: The context for debate
Prof. Grace Davie (University of Exeter)
6 February
Conceptions of sin and the nature of social life: Anthropology and the theology of atonement
Prof. Joel Robbins
(University of Cambridge)

20 February
Resisting blind chance and 'senseless' cosmos: Historical perspectives on science, ethics and nature
Dr Louise Hickman
(Newman University, Birmingham)

6 March
The search for meaning amidst cosmic annihilation, transhumanism and the last judgement
Dr Michael S Burdett
(University of Oxford)

Our seminars are held at 13:00 on alternate Tuesdays during full term in St Edmund’s College. A free sandwich lunch and drinks are served from 12:00 onwards. All are welcome.

Day Course Southampton
3 February 2018
National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton.

Frontiers in Science and Society: Christian Perspectives. Speakers: Prof. Neil Messer, Prof John Byant, Prof. Meric Srokosz, Dr Hilary Marlow, Prof. Keith Fox
More information and book here.

Day Course in Plymouth
24 February 
St Andrew's Church, Plymouth.
Science: Exploring God's Creation

Speakers: Revd Dr Ernest Lucas, Dr Cherryl Hunt and Prof. Keith Fox.
For further information contact Dr David Huntley

Day Course in Derby
10:00 - 16:00 24 February 
Engaging with faith in Science

for more information please contact
Canon Elizabeth Thompson
Click here to read a blog on an edited volume by advisory board member Eric Priest
In this video Prof. Meric Srokosz, co-author of 'Blue Planet, Blue God', discusses the impetus to create a book exploring both the biblical and scientific aspects of the oceans. A unique collaboration between oceanographer Meric Srokosz and biblical scholar Rebecca Watson, 'Blue Planet, Blue God' offers not only ecological insights into the ocean, but also broader issues around spirituality, economics, chaos, and our place in the world.
Click here to buy the new book "Blue Planet,Blue God"
Upcoming Events
Public Lecture
17:30 - 19:00 15 February 2018 
Queen's Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Prof. John Wyatt and Prof. Peter Robinson
God, AI and humans - could robots replace humans made in the image of God?

Followed by a drinks reception. 

Day Conference: Extending Life at Any Cost?
10:30 -16:30 Thursday 15 February 2018
The Shasha Conference Suite
The Woolf Building, Cambridge
On the 15
 February 2018 the Faraday Institute and the Wolf Institute will jointly host a one-day conference entitled ‘Extending life at any cost?’. The conference will explore the issues surrounding end of life palliative care, including the role hospices, hospitals and communities of faith play in understanding what constitutes a ‘good death’, technology related to extending life and the implications of AI for human dignity when life is extended through transhumanism.

Cambridge Science Festival 2018
How do we make sense of the world in times of adversity?
14 March 2018 19:00 – 20:30 Old Divinity School (St .John's)

Ever wondered what we do in times of adversity? Why do disasters strike? Why are some people more resilient than others? How do we make sense of it all? Interviews & Q&A with researchers in a range of fields dealing with disasters, health and scientific advances.
Doors open at 18:30 and refreshments finish at 21:15
In addition there will also be an exhibition showcasing the Faraday Institute's big research projects “ The Science of Human Flourishing” 
Call for Papers
"Reading is believing? Sacred Texts in a Scientific Age"
We invite abstracts for short papers from any academic discipline for this multi-disciplinary academic colloquium that forms part of Faraday’s research project “Science and Scripture in Christianity and Islam”. The Colloquium will take place on 23-24 March 2018 at Clare College, Cambridge. Registration is now open, full details  of booking for the event and paper submissions can be found here.

Abstracts can be submitted until the deadline of 31 December.
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