Worcester

Worcester

This group had a name change from Bible and Science Worcester, to ‘Science and Faith Worcester‘ and have a new web-site at https://www.scienceandfaithworcester.org/. The Welcome page on our new website explains a little more about the rationale for changing our name.

All are welcome – entry, parking and refreshments are free, although we suggest a donation of £3, to cover expenses. For more information please contact Kim Stansfield on kimestansfield (at) gmail.com    

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 23rd April 2024

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE AND CHRISTIANITY

Speaker: Dr. Mike Brownnutt

Doors open at 7.30pm for coffee and cake, and the talks will begin at 8pm.

Location: Worcester Baptist Church, Baptist Church House, Sansome Walk, Worcester WR1 1LN.

Christianity has a rich diversity of expressions around the world. Similarly, science takes on diverse forms in different times, places, and cultures. It should then be no surprise that – in considering the interaction of science and Christianity – there is a radical diversity of questions that people have, answers that people find acceptable, and opportunities that arise for engagement.

This talk will look at possible frames for discussion which draw out insights from these diverse contexts. These have direct applications for congregations; both for engaging with people from cultures beyond the UK, and for engaging with people from UK cultures in fresh ways.

Bio: Mike Brownnutt obtained his first Master’s degree (MSci in physics) and his PhD (in experimental quantum mechanics) from Imperial College London, UK. He then worked at the University of Innsbruck for eight years, writing his habilitation on his research there, which developed scalable architectures for trapped-ion quantum computers.

He completed a second Master’s degree (MA in theology from the University of Chester, UK) considering how faith is understood by various parties in discussions about Christianity and science. He spent seven years at the University of Hong Kong, serving as Associate Director of the Faith and Science Collaborative Research Forum, and researching framings for science and religion which do not pre-suppose Modernist assumptions.

He now serves as Course Director of the Faraday Institute in Cambridge. In his spare time, he is working on a PhD (with University of Birmingham) on non-Modern philosophy of science and religion. He also heads Every Nation Campus Academics, a church-based organisation seeking to engage with academics globally.

 

Tuesday 21st May 2024

AN EXPLORATION OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL RESEARCH ETHICS AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO FAITH

Speaker: Tom Fairman

Doors open at 7.30pm for coffee and cake, and the talks will begin at 8pm.

Location: Worcester Baptist Church, Baptist Church House, Sansome Walk, Worcester WR1 1LN.

In this talk, Tom will explore the development of medical research ethics from World War 2 to the present day, considering how our current practices and standards have developed. He will look at historic examples, the development of current codes of practice and possible future developments. He will then consider whether an objective moral standard exists, or whether everything should be considered relative to its time, place, and societal context. If an objective moral standard does exist, is the Bible a comprehensive source?

 

Bio: In the 13 years since leaving university, Tom has worked with multiple systems of ethical and governance review both in the UK and around the world, and seen different application of processes and standards, as well as lead the development of UK NHS research governance standards. This includes working in medical research (UK NHS Research Ethics Committees (RECs), NHS research governance and, more recently, in the pharmaceutical industry responsible for global regulatory submission).

He came to faith through his family, and since getting married in 2015, has started to explore his faith in more depth. He finds the interaction between faith, morality and ethics fascinating, particularly in a research context, and hopes to share some of that interest with the audience.

In his spare time he enjoys chess, badminton, walking and playing games with his lovely little boy, Benji, now 4, who has far more energy than he does!

 

 

Previous Events

February 2024
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852): The First Computer Programmer?
Dr. Kim Stansfield

NOVEMBER 2023
2084: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY
Prof John Lennox

October 2023
The Garage Incubator, birthplace of future industry
James Birkett

September 2023
THE ROAD TO MANAURE AND THE SCHOOL IN THE DESERT: What it tells us about sustainability
Dr. Kim Stansfield

March 2023
Mr Spielberg – Tear Down This Wall
Dr John Boardman

Feb 2023
Complexity of Life and the Infinite Improbability Drive!
Dr. Kim Stansfield

November 2018
“Possible roles for technology in alleviating poverty in world conflict and post-conflict zones”
Prof Paul Jackson

March 2018
“When the Mind Malfunctions”
Professor John Gallacher

March 2017
“Is evolution cruel?”
Dr Chris Southgate

February 2017
“Rise of the Intelligent Machines – Friend or Foe?”
Dr Kim Stansfield

November 2016
“Children are the Future: Science, Faith and Youth”
Lizzie Henderson

October 2016
“The Wonders of the Living World: Biology, Belief, and the Search for Meaning and Purpose in the Universe.”
Dr Ruth Bancewicz

September 2016
“Future Challenges” – A video-based discussion session chaired by Jim Smith
Developments in Artificial Intelligence and Future Clean Energy Supply Requirements present two significant challenges  for humanity. How do we make the  relevant judgements and how does our faith speak to us about these things?

March 2016
The Future of Marriage
Philippa Taylor, who works with the Care Trust, is head of public policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship, and has an MBA in Bioethics – a social science and biblical perspective.

February 2016
Creation of The Universe and Its Biblical Description
Dr. Mathew Clark – the origins and development of the physical universe as understood by scientists, and comparisons with the biblical account of how humanity began.

January 2016
The Changing Debate Between Science and Religion
Professor John Hedley Brooke – how the debate has changed and developed throughout history.

November 2015
“Assisted Suicide – do hard cases really make poor law?”
Professor John Wyatt, who until recently was Professor of Ethics and Perinatology at University College London, and is also the author of “Matters of Life and Death” (IVP).