Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 103 - August 2014
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SUMMER COURSE
This annual course was held once again in the beautiful surroundings of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge from 6th -11th July. A total of 48 delegates and sixteen speakers gathered to tackle key issues in the relationship between science and religion. The week was characterised by intense concentration, keen questioning of the speakers and lots of discussion, both formal and informal, plus good food, laughter and the opportunity to explore some of Cambridge’s scientific history. This year for the first time we introduced ‘Meet the Speakers’ sessions where groups of delegates quizzed the speakers on their specialist topic – or anything else that they wanted to ask. This was an opportunity to get beyond the contents of a lecture or hand-out and learn at first hand how our speakers respond to questions of science and faith. Plans are underway for next year’s Course: 5th -10th July 2015 in Cambridge, so if you’ve not been on a Summer Course before, why not put the dates in your diary. Full details and booking forms will be available in the Autumn on the Faraday website.
The Faraday Institute has partnered with the God and the Big Bang project led by Michael Harvey to run a series of communication workshops. These are for early career scientists who are committed Christians and will train them to speak on science and religion issues in a variety of contexts, including the successful school conferences organised by the project (http://www.mjhassociates.org.uk/?page_id=390). The first workshop will take place in Cambridge in September 2014. If you know anyone that might benefit from such training, please put them in touch with The Faraday Institute.
The Faraday Institute is partnering with local initiatives to run courses in Argentina and Brazil in October 2014 and in Spain in November 2014. More details and local contact information can be found on our website here:
The Faraday Institute is co-sponsoring a conference in Australia on “Rediscovering the spiritual in God’s creation.” This will take place 10-13 March 2015 and the director Bob White will be one of the key speakers. For more details see:
On Monday 14th July 2014, Dr Diana Beech spoke to an audience at The Association of Commonwealth Universities’ ‘HR Management and PR Network Conference’ held at the University of Glasgow in the UK. Dr Beech spoke about ‘Culture, religion and the university: shaping the values and missions of universities in today’s multi-cultural world’. The abstract of Dr Beech’s talk can be found on the ACU’s website, where the script and slides from her talk will also be published in due course. On Monday 21st in the evening Nell Whiteway spoke to the Science and Faith in Norfolk group on “Is there a God gene?” Dr Rodney Holder was interviewed about science and faith for 'Logos Live', an Australian radio programme. Dr Denis Alexander spoke at two separate Workshops in Oxford organised by Biologos. Dr Ruth Bancewicz spoke on ‘Wonder and Awe in Science and Faith’ at the Wrexham Science Festival.
The ‘Test of Faith: Science and Religion meet’ material for UK secondary school teachers is now available for free download on http://www.testoffaith.com/schools/. These lesson plans are for use in conjunction with the Test of Faith DVD (£7 from the Faraday online shop, or free with hard copy of teachers’ book - also £7 while stocks last). Topics covered include evolution, the origins of the universe and the problems of evil and suffering.
The latest Faraday book on the causes of disasters and a biblical response to them by the Director, Bob White ‘Who is to Blame? Disasters, Nature and Acts of God’: is available at the discount price of £6 from the shop on the Faraday website.
Note that videos of Faraday courses, lectures and seminars are available from http://upload.sms.cam.ac.uk/institution/FARADAY and on iTunes U, as well as on the Faraday web site http://www.faraday.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/Multimedia.php. The most recently available are Dr Mark Harris, Edinburgh University, speaking on “Creation in the bible and science” (http://upload.sms.cam.ac.uk/media/1763955) and Revd Prof David Wilkinson, Durham University, speaking on “God and Cosmology” (http://upload.sms.cam.ac.uk/media/1764141). Both talks were given at the summer course that has just taken place.
Bob White Meric Srokosz
[Director] [Associate Director]