An opportunity to sample a Messy Church session based on the brand new BRF book Messy Church Does Science at the Visitor Centre at the Rutherford-Appleton Lab.
This event is FREE but advance booking is required! Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult.
This event is organised and run by the Messy Church Team from the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF). Please contact them directly for more information.
Do join us for the next meeting of the Science & Society Book Group.
The book we are discussing is Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. In this novel, we are introduced to Charlie Gordon, and follow his experiences following a medical procedure to artificially increase his intelligence.
Artifical manipulation of attention and cognitive performance is a very real issue today, and comes with numerous ethical issues. Although written at a time when such manipulation was, at best, a future aspiration, it nevertheless identifies some of the ethical problems associated with trying to artificially increase intelligence – not least the question of how we value individuals. Is someone of low intelligence of less worth than a genius?
Christianity, like the world’s other major religions, provides its followers with moral teachings intended to shape and guide behaviour. The importance given to different moral issues, however, differs among believers. Psychology offers some insights into how moral decisions are made, and why people who are members of the same faith and claim to share a set of beliefs can nevertheless hold very different moral priorities.
The Revd Jennifer Brown is Science Missioner in the Churn Benefice, and is also researching for a PhD in the Psychology of Religion, focusing on the relationship between participation in religious worship and moral thinking.
The Science & Society Book Group will be meeting to discuss the novel ‘Odds Against Tommorow’ by Nathaniel Rich.
Can science explain religion? And if so, what might that mean for religious believers? Recent developments in the science of religion might unwittingly remind us of the value of traditional conceptions of God.
The Revd Dr Jonathan Jong is a Research Fellow at Coventry University and Assistant Curate at St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford. He is the author (together with Jamin Halberstadt) of ‘Death Anxiety and Religious Belief: An Existential Psychology of Religion’.
The Science & Society book group will be meeting to talk about the novel Next by Michael Crichton. This book explores the potential – and potential risk – of genetic research, and the implications of corporate science for both society and science. It is very much a novel for our times.
Sound interesting? Then do join us! If you aren’t able to be there in person, you can share your thoughts on the novel via the on-line book group on the Science Missioner web site. The on-line book group will open for postings in early April.
Join us for the next meeting of the Science & Society book group. We’ll be discussing New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson.
This novel imagines New York in the years following climate-change induced sea level rise. It is an interesting mix of science fiction and social and political commentary, with a bit of intrigue as well! The author explores the potential impact that life today – our economic and political systems, energy use, and inability to accept the need for change – will have on life in the not so distant future.
Issues of gender and human sexuality have been very much in the news recently and have also been the cause of much discussion and debate within the Church. What can science tell us about sexuality and gender? What are the mental health aspects associated with sexuality and gender? What does theology have to say about these issues?
In his talk, “Male and Female He Created Them”: Science, Faith & Questions of Sexuality and Gender, the Revd Professor Chris Cook will attempt to address these questions, looking at how we bring together science and theology in our thinking about sexuality and gender.
Professor Cook is the Director of the Project for Spirituality, Theology & Health at Durham University.
Science and technology are central to modern life, and can have profound effects on individuals and society, yet science and technology are rarely addressed directly by the Church. The idea that science and religion are at odds with each other has become widely accepted, creating a potential barrier to mission. The intersection of science, technology and faith thus provides a rich terrain for church engagement in today’s world.
This day conference for lay and ordained church leaders and RE teachers will provide opportunities to hear from experts in the field of science and religion, to take part in workshops on bringing together science, technology and faith in the life of the Church, and to network with others in ministry, all in the beautiful surroundings of the campus of Ripon College Cuddesdon.
Confirmed speakers include Alister McGrath (Oxford University), Richard Cheetham (Bishop of Kingston), Jennifer Brown (Science Missioner), Lizzie Henderson (Faraday Institute), Gillian Straine (Guild of Health & St Rafael), and Carina Lobley (Parish of Harwell & Chilton)
The conference cost of £15 includes lunch.