From Science and Belief to churches@faraday: Finding a home on the new Faraday Institute website

Next month will mark the ten year anniversary of the first post on Science and Belief. The initial aim of this blog was to explore the positive relationship between science and faith, as part of a project that resulted in a whole series of events, articles and other input into the Christian community in a number of different countries, including the book God in the Lab. Five years later, I began a new project which explored the wonders of the living world, asking what questions do these raise for the scientists who study them?

Both of these projects were based at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, where I have been employed since it was founded in 2006. I was appointed at the Faraday Institute’s first Church Engagement Director in 2018, and since then I have been getting to grips with what our contribution might be in the long term to the conversation about science and faith in the UK church.

Part of my role is to keep providing and recommending resources for churches, including online content and social media. So I am very excited that the upcoming new Faraday Institute website will include a prominent section for churches, called churches@faraday, where we have gathered together the threads of the different projects I have been involved in at Faraday so far. We will also be recommending the best of what’s on offer from other organisations, as well as adding new resources of our own at regular intervals.

The new Faraday Institute website will be launched in the coming weeks, and at that point Science and Belief will move to a new location on churches@faraday. At that point the blog will become fortnightly, to allow us more time to feed into other aspects of church life. You can look forward to content from theologian Alister McGrath, astronomers Christine Done and Jennifer Wiseman, and an Easter reflection from Revd Dr Rodney Holder.

When the time comes, you just need to subscribe to the wordpress blog feed on churches@faraday. We will send an invitation and a link for signup to all Science and Belief subscribers, as well as including a link on the old blog page, so you won’t need to remember or look up anything!

In the meantime, enjoy my post ‘More Than Rational’, which was recently published on the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity’s Connecting With Culture blog.


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Ruth Bancewicz is Church Engagement Director at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. She studied Genetics at Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities, and spent two years as a part-time postdoctoral researcher at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology in Edinburgh, while also working as the Development Officer for Christians in Science. Ruth is a member of Christians in Science, and a Fellow of their US counterpart – the American Scientific Affiliation.





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