How do we raise fresh awareness of the significance of the science-theology conversation in the lives of church congregations – big, small, all-age, rural, urban, student, cathedral and hospital? How do we raise the profile of the locally based science professional in his or her local church? The ‘Scientists in Congregations’ scheme provides a year of funding for new project proposals which seek to do just that.
We are delighted to announce that the following projects have been funded by our ‘Scientists in Congregations’ awards scheme:
Debunking the Myth: Empowering Young People to be Christians in Science, St Andrew’s Church, Bishopthorpe and the Archbishop of York Youth Trust
Day conference for secondary schools in the York area engaging young people on science and faith and introducing them to scientists who are Christians.
Exeter Cathedral – Lent Course
Includes panel discussion held at Exeter University on science and Christian ethics, and a debate at Exeter Cathedral with support from the Bishops of Exeter and Crediton.
Exploring Science and Christian Faith in a Rural Setting, Tyne Valley, west of Newcastle and Gateshead
A series of evening events on topical science issues from a Christian perspective, hosted ecumenically by local churches in the Tyne Valley, with speakers from North-East Universities and further afield.
Faith in the Questions Riding Lights Theatre Company/St Michael le Belfrey, York
Grant to create a dramatic performance based on nature imagery within the Book of Job, to be followed by question and answer sessions in the style of ‘Café Scientifique’. To be held in St Michael-le-Belfrey on three occasions during the 2017 York Festival of Ideas in June. A service celebrating the gift of science and scientists will be held to conclude the events.
Faith, Technology and Tomorrow: St Mary’s Church Longfleet, Poole, Dorset
Opportunities for scientists, medical professionals, engineers and those with no background in science, from church congregations and the wider community to meet together. The project will run a series of activities and events to explore how Christian faith might illuminate questions of medicine and the environment in tomorrow’s technological context.
From Enlightenment to Entanglement: Derby Cathedral project in partnership with University of Derby
Public lectures, Evensong services with scientists from Derby University and ‘science in the cathedral’ sessions to raise awareness of the contribution of Derby’s Christian community to the Enlightenment. The project will also feature sessions with Christian engineers in discussion with leading theologians.
Re:Think Worcester Encouraging Scientists in Congregations to Engage in the Science and Faith Debate
This project is run by Bible and Science Worcester, an inter denominational group made up of members of Worcester churches with scientific and technology backgrounds. Project will run a series of presentations on science and faith aimed at 16 to 25 year olds from both church and non-church backgrounds.
Science and Theology: Walking Through Nature Trinity church, Lewes
‘Ecosystem Service’ walks starting and finishing at each of the church’s three sites in Lewes. The walks will examine the environment, with explanation from an ecologist, and Christian teaching, theological reflection and prayer by a pastor or minister.
Sing of God and Science, All Saints, Teversham, Cambridge
To create a book of songs on the theme of science and faith. The project will start working with a group of primary schools in Ely Diocese. Copies of the booklet will be sent free to all 80 CofE primary schools in the diocese who will be invited to give dramatic presentations of one of the songs at Ely Cathedral Science Festival in May. Some of the schools will make presentations of songs at the festival that they have written themselves on the theme of science and faith.
For more information on the project and to hear a selection of the hymns, please click on the video below:
Water of Life: Our faith and a changing climate: Parish of Honley with Brockholes, West Yorkshire, in partnership with the University of Huddersfield
Led by the congregations of St Mary’s in Honley and St George’s in Brockholes, West Yorkshire. Engaging Christian congregations in the Holme Valley in deepening understanding of climate change, using the River Holme as a local example.
Funded Projects from our First Phase of Scientists in Congregations
‘Take Your Vicar to the Lab’ – St Albans Diocese
‘From Dinosaurs to DNA’ – Ely Cathedral, Science Festival
‘Confident Christian Engagement with Science’ – St John’s, Lindow, Wilmslow, Cheshire
‘Crossing the Gap’ – St. Matthew’s Church, Harwell and All Saints’ Church, Chilton
‘Church Scientific’, Baptist churches, Leeds
‘Messy Church Science’, Bible Reading Fellowship