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Churches encouraged to engage more with science

The programme, funded by Templeton World Charity Foundation, was launched last year and provides grants of up to £10,000 to churches.

One of the funded projects is a 'take your vicar to the lab' scheme where a group of scientists will take vicars on tours around scientific laboratories.

It's hoped the Scientists in Congregations scheme will allow scientists to address Sunday services and congregations to help churchgoers engage confidently with science.

Churches have also received funding for several science festivals, discussions, clubs, and scientific demonstrations.

Discussing the need for more engagement with science, Rev Dr Tim Bull, Director of Ministry in St Albans Diocese said: "God may well be the God of everything, but we don't always live as if this is so.

"Those of us who are clergy can fail to engage with science. This, I believe, is an oversight.

"After all, so much of our lives is shaped by science, engineering and technology, whether that's the latest medical advance, the exciting discovery of an earth-like planet orbiting a nearby star, or the almost miraculous smartphone which can show me a street view of my holiday destination before I even leave home."


Rev Dr Kathryn Pritchard, Scientists in Congregations project leader, said: "We are delighted with the calibre and variety of bids for this first phase of Scientists in Congregations.

"There is clearly an eagerness to help congregations of all shapes and sizes engage more confidently and joyously with science, with the insights that emerge from cutting edge scientific research, and with scientists and their work."

"Equally, there is a hunger in churches to be able to host and support informed, constructive conversations about the big faith-science related questions.

"These projects are each contributing, in small increments, to a shift in the mood of the faith-science conversation in this country. We look forward to continuing and supporting this trend and welcome further project proposals this autumn."

By Megan Howe

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