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Professional Workshop: Science and Faith in the Local Church

Garden Room, Library Building: Jan 10-11, 2018

Deadline for applications: December 13, 2017

Aim of Course

A professional workshop aimed at church leaders, lay or ordained, and those in training. The workshop will include lectures by leading experts on key issues at the intersection of science and Christian faith such as cosmology, evolutionary biology, genetics, ecology and neuroscience. There will be plenty of opportunity for group discussion and practical application to local church contexts.

The workshop will run from 9.30am on Wednesday 10 Jan 2018 to 5pm on Thursday 11 Jan 2018 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

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 Garden Room is on the ground floor of the Library Building which is located in the far left-hand corner as you enter the College grounds. The free buffet lunch is served there.

Application Form

Course Schedule

Wednesday January 10
9.30 amRegistration
9.50 amWelcome and Introductions
10.00 amDr Ruth Bancewicz: Why every Christian should wish they were a scientist
11.15 amCoffee Break
11.45 amDr Hilary Marlow: All creation worships God - the theology of creation care
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Prof. Alasdair Coles: Brain science and the Church
3.15 pmTea Break
3.45 pm Lizzie Henderson: Raising the next generation of scientists
5.00 pmEnd of Day
Thursday January 11
8.30 amMorning Prayer at St Edmund's Chapel
9.10 amProf. Keith Fox: Getting to grips with bioethics
10.25 amCoffee Break
11.00 amRevd Dr Roger Abbott: Our response to natural disasters
12.15 pmLunch
1.15 pmGroup Discussion
2.15 pmProf. John Wyatt: Being human in an age of nearly-human machines
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr Amy Unsworth: Attitudes to Evolution amongst Christians in Britain
4.30 pmDr Denis Alexander: Responding to Creationism in UK Churches
5.00 pmEnd of Day