Second wave of Scientists in Congregations grants unveiled

We are delighted to announce that the second wave of Scientists in Congregations’ awards have now been unveiled. The awards ceremony took place at Lambeth Palace on Friday 3rd February 2017 with awards presented by Canon Prof David Wilkinson and Rt Rev Dr Richard Cheetham. 


unspecified-19“I have been very excited and encouraged by the range and quality of these local projects – they bear witness to the widespread and vibrant desire to enable a fruitful and stimulating conversation between science and faith which is much needed in contemporary society.”

Rt Rev Dr Richard Cheetham, Co-Project Director



“We have been hugely impressed by the innovative and creative approaches demonstrated in this second wave of Scientists in Congregations projects and the calibre of the scientists who will be supporting this work. We are confident that these projects in churches and cathedrals will not only help raise the profile of scientists within Christian congregations but will promote greater understanding of science and faith issues in wider communities across the country.”

Rev Dr Kathryn Pritchard, Project Leader 

In an afternoon of very varied projects the awardees were briefed by Kathryn Pritchard and David Wilkinson. Professor Tom McLeish, Co-Project Director, Fellow of The Royal Society and Anglican Lay Reader, also addressed the audience stating “the church doesn’t need to be frightened or on the backfoot…scientists and Bishops recognise that they jointly celebrate truth and understanding, honesty, discovery and wonder”.

The projects:

1 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.

2 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.


Twitter: @ocgconversation


3 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. 

Twitter: @tynebigq

Facebook: bigQuestions2017

4 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.

Twitter: @ridinglights




5 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.


6 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.

7 Re:Think Worcester Encouraging Scientists in Congregations to Engage in the Science and Faith Debate 

Project run by Bible and Science Worcester, an inter denominational group made up of members of Worcester churches with scientific and technology backgrounds. This 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.

8 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.


9 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 see below:

Sing of God and Science’s YouTube channel can be found by clicking here (this has the full range of videos available).

10 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.

As with our funded projects from the first phase, we will be keeping you up-to-date with each project’s progress through our website and Twitter page. Stay tuned!