The Science Missioner role exists to make connections between the church community and the local science community, to enable dialogue on matters of science and religion, and to help the church engage with some of the scientific issues that affect us all, such as global climate change and how to respond to the challenges it presents.This web site contains information about upcoming events, blog posts, an on-line book group and other material relevant to the Science Missioner project that I hope will be of interest. If you'd like to find out more about the Science Missioner project and the work being done, please do get in touch. Just click on the 'contact' button to send a message.Jennifer Brown

What the Science Missioner has to offer.

  • icon1 About us

    An initiative of the Churn Benefice and based within that group of churches, the Science Missioner project was launched in June 2014, with the Revd Jennifer Brown licensed as Science Missioner. The project seeks to make connections between science and faith, to raise …Read more

  • icon2 Events

    Welcome to the Science Missioner events calendar. Here you will find details of upcoming lectures, book group meetings and other events. All of the events listed here are open to the public. If you would like more information about an upcoming event, please contact us.…Read more

  • icon3 Forum

    The Science & Society book group meets in the real world once every two to three months. This on-line extension of the group was created to enable those who are interested in participating but not able to make it to meetings of the group to take part. …Read more

  • icon4 Blog

    Welcome to the Science Missioner Blog. Here you will find a mix of things including sermons on science-related subjects, reflections on the issues of science and faith, comment on scientific stories in the news in our area as well as the wider community. …Read more

latest posts

The following is a sermon that I preached on 19th November 2017 at St Mary -le-More Church, Wallingford. The readings on which the sermon is based are Zephaniah 1.7,12-18, 1 Thessalonians 5.1-11, and Matthew 25.14-30.   It is, of course, very easy to ‘spiritualise’ these readings - to see them as a warning that we should not allow our faith to become complacent or lacklustre. Personally, I think that is a good warning to heed, and a not inappropriate interpretation of these particular readings. But I’m not sure that looking at them in an exclusively spiritual way is enough.   What all three readings have in common is the coming Day of the Lord - the Day of Judgement - and how to prepare for it. Preparing for the Day of the Lord is, of course, spiritual, but it is also more than that. It involves how we allow our faith to shape the practices of our lives. The Zephaniah passage warns that, for the rich, not even their silver and gold can save them. The implication … Read More...

  • Science in the Bible?

    This is the text of a talk I gave recently as part of a series of Lent lectures on science & religion. I began with the question, “Can you find science in the Bible?”.

    Posted  May 2016
  • Epiphany and astronomy

    Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. In the Church’s calendar, this is the day on which we celebrate the visit of the magi (wise men) to the infant Jesus. Anyone who has attended a church or school nativity play will be familiar with the story of the three wise men who, following a star, came from the east to bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. The star is a key player in this narrative, and many have wondered to what, exactly, the ‘star of Bethlehem’ refers.

    Posted  Jun 2016
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