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Faith and Science for everyone - a short course for Christian leaders

St Edmund's College, Cambridge: Jan 10-11, 2020

Deadline for applications: December 10, 2019

Aim of Course

Join us in Cambridge for our professional workshop aimed at church leaders, lay or ordained, and those in training. The workshop will cover contemporary hot topics in the dialogue between Science and Religion as well as how to engage with Science and Faith in the local Church. Open to all church leaders; no scientific background required. 

In recent years as the UK has become more secularised Science is no longer perceived as a religious activity. Further, for many the Church is looked at as a community who no longer value the role of science. The course will address those tensions and equip church leaders to engage with science in a helpful way.

Cost: £50 for both days, £30 for one day, £10 for both days for those in training for Christian ministry.

Please indicate in the 'reasons for application' box as to whether you are applying for one (Fri or Sat) or both days.

Price includes lunch but not accommodation.

Further information

Faith and Science for Everyone poster

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

See multimedia items for this course or click on specific talk title in the course schedule to see available resources for that talk.

Click on a speaker's name to obtain brief biographical details.


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

Application Form

Course Schedule

Friday January 10
9.30 amRegistration
9.50 amWelcome
10.00 amDr Ruth Bancewicz: Where are we going? Engaging with science well in a church context
10.40 amGroup Discussion
11.00 amCoffee Break
11.30 am Nick Spencer: Science and religion – the culture war
12.10 pmGroup Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmProf. Keith Fox: Bioethical challenges for Christian leaders
2.10 pmGroup Discussion
2.30 pmDr Michael Burdett: AI, Technology and the Future
3.10 pmGroup Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmRevd Dave Bookless: 'God so loved the' Environmental care as a Christian priority.
4.40 pmGroup Discussion
5.15 pmGroup Discussion
Saturday January 11
8.30 amMorning Prayer at St Edmund's Chapel
9.00 amProf. Andrew Halestrap: Supporting and Making Use of Scientists in Congregations
9.40 amGroup Discussion
10.00 am Lizzie Henderson,  Steph Bryant: Presenting life’s big questions to children and young people
10.40 amGroup Discussion
11.00 amCoffee Break
11.30 amGroup Discussion
12.15 pmLunch
1.15 pmDr David Randall: Matters of life and death
2.00 pmGroup Discussion
2.15 pmDr Amy Unsworth: Responding to Creationism in UK Churches
3.00 pmGroup Discussion
3.15 pmTea Break
3.30 pmDr Roger Bretherton: Character and Wellbeing – a workshop
5.00 pmEnd of Day