Ordered Universe at Cambridge e-luminate – Spiritus: Light and Dark

Ordered Universe at Cambridge e-luminate – Spiritus: Light and Dark

Ordered Universe

An absolutely fantastic day in Cambridge on February 10th, with the launch of the e-luminate festival. Ordered Universe team members, Giles Gasper, Tom McLeish, Richard Bower, Hannah Smithson and Sebastian Falk presented the project, and interactive activities on medieval and modern science to the public at Great St Mary’s Church. With over 250 visitors to the displays we were very glad to support Ross Ashton and Karen Monid’s simply breathtaking projection show Spiritus: Light and Dark. This was a dazzling juxtaposition of medieval astronomical thought, modern cosmology, and a wonderful tribute to the scientific imaginations, of Grosseteste and his later successors, the contemplative beauty of music inspired by Hildgard of Bingen, and the artistry to bring all of these together in a bewitching sequence. If you are in Cambridge the show, and all of the others across the city (as well as other events around e-luminate) are on until…

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SPIRITUS Light and Darkness – projection at Cambridge e-Luminate 2017

Just a taste of Ross Ashton and Karen Monid’s great projection SPIRITUS – Light and Darkness onto the Senate House as part of the Cambridge e-Luminate Festival 2017. The show is based on the work of Robert Grosseteste who was an English statesman, scholastic philosopher, theologian, scientist and Bishop of Lincoln, who wrote some of the west’s earliest “scientific” works and was an original thinker.

City of Sanctuary founder to visit Cambridge

Tuesday 28th Feb at 7.30 – 9.00 p.m. in the Jane Harrison Room at Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue.

(There is wheelchair access, gender neutral toilets, and an accessible toilet, but unfortunately there will not be a BSL translator or hearing loop).

Just Love Cambridge, the student Christian social action society, are focusing this term around the theme of home. As part of this, they have arranged for the Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, the original founder of the City of Sanctuary initiative in Sheffield, to come and speak on the evening of 28th February.

They would like to extend this invitation to the City of Sanctuary faiths group. You are most welcome to attend.

Second wave of Scientists in Congregations grants unveiled: and another project for Ely Diocese is a winner!

Ten projects, including one that is the brainchild of Trevor Thorn, LLM in the Fen Ditton group of parishes,  are to receive funding of up to £10,000 as part of the second wave of Scientists in Congregations, a grant scheme open to all mainstream Christian churches. The projects are aimed at helping churchgoers engage confidently with science, raising the profile of Christians whose vocation is science-related and changing the debate about science and faith in churches and communities.

Scientists in Congregations is part of Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science, a three-year Durham University project run in partnership with the Church of England.

Rt Rev Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston, and one of the co-leaders of Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science, alongside Durham University Professors David Wilkinson and Tom McLeish, said: “I have been very excited and encouraged by the range and quality of these local projects – they bear witness to the widespread and vibrant desire to enable a fruitful and stimulating conversation between science and faith which is much needed in contemporary society.”

Rev Dr Kathryn Pritchard, Scientists in Congregations project leader, said: “We have been hugely impressed by the innovative and creative approaches demonstrated in this second wave of Scientists in Congregations projects and the calibre of the scientists who will be supporting this work. We are confident that these projects in churches and cathedrals will not only help raise the profile of scientists within Christian congregations but will promote greater understanding of science and faith issues in wider communities across the country.”

Here is a list of the 10 successful projects in the second wave of Scientists in Congregations grants:

Sing of God and Science, based All Saints, Teversham, Cambridge
To create a book of songs on the theme of science and faith. The project will start working with a group of primary schools in Ely Diocese. Copies of the booklet will be sent free to all 80 CofE primary schools in the diocese who will be invited to give dramatic presentations of one of the songs at Ely Cathedral Science Festival in May. Some of the schools will make presentations of songs at the festival that they have written themselves on the theme of science and faith.

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Archbishop of Canterbury’s statement on child refugees

    Responding to the government’s announcement on child refugees and the Dubs Amendment, Archbishop Justin Welby said today:

“I was saddened and shocked to read in the Ministerial statement released yesterday that only 350 children will be received under the regulations in the Dubs Amendment. Our country has a great history of welcoming those in need, particularly the most vulnerable, such as unaccompanied children.

Refugees, like all people, are treasured human beings made in the image of God who deserve safety, freedom and the opportunity to flourish. Jesus commands us to care for the most vulnerable among us:

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:40).

The Government’s decision last year to take in vulnerable children was the right thing to do and was further evidence of the UK’s leadership on the response to the Syrian and wider migration crisis. Our Government’s leadership on financial and technical support in the region, and its leadership in resettling refugees from UNHCR camps is to be commended. However, I fear that this week’s decision does not meet the spirit of the commitment that was given during the passage of the Immigration Act last year.

I agree entirely with colleagues who have spoken out on this already that for those of us who supported the Dubs amendment, we believed that the Government was committed to welcoming up to 3000 children under this scheme. To end the scheme now, when such a small proportion have actually entered the country, is regrettable. Local authorities, who are bearing the costs of the resettlement, must be given the resources and time needed to meet our original commitment.

On Tuesday, I was in Istanbul to co-sponsor a Forum on modern slavery and trafficking. During the event, we heard about the clear and terrible link between the large-scale movement of refugees and the risk of trafficking. Providing safe passage for unaccompanied children already in Europe, into caring and loving homes – in some cases through Christian groups such as the excellent Home for Good – is a clear and tangible way in which we as a country can demonstrate our values of protecting the vulnerable and welcoming the stranger.

We must resist and turn back the worrying trends we are seeing around the world, towards seeing the movement of desperate people as more of a threat to identity and security than an opportunity to do our duty. We cannot withdraw from our long and proud history of helping the most vulnerable.

I very much hope that the Government will reconsider this decision, and work with church groups and others to find a sustainable and compassionate solution that allows those most in need to find sanctuary in our country.”

How the faith of retired people is helping transform lives

Tens of thousands of volunteers support social action projects in England run by churches, many of whom are retired people whose skills and experience are crucial to the success of this work. Six Church of England worshippers describe how they are involved in work ranging from street pastors groups to helping people in debt.
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Medieval and Modern Science Seminar this Saturday












Reminder time about our latest science and faith gathering at the Old Palace, Ely – this Saturday (11 Feb) 9.30 for 10.00 when Giles Gasper (Durham) and Hannah Smithson (Oxford) of the Ordered Universe Project give an open seminar on The Scientific World of Robert Grosseteste. No charge and no need to book.