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To Malvern with Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other

If Karl Barth really said: “We must hold the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other,” he did refer to it in interview in 1966: “The Pastor and the Faithful should not deceive themselves into thinking that they are a religious society, which has to do with certain themes; they live in the world. We still need – according to my old formulation – the Bible and the Newspaper.” Armed with both, we headed for Malvern, which holds an annual Science and Faith Weekend.


 Mgr. George Lemaitre who invented the Big Bang Theory talks with Albert Einstein
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I have always been suspicious of a Faith that won’t have a conversation with Science, or Science that pretends it doesn’t need Faith! In a world which seems to perpetuate a myth that science and Faith are at best incompatible, and at worst bitter enemies, determined to destroy each other it is so brave of Malvern to host a Science and Faith Weekend. Each year they attract respected and renowned speakers from the perspectives of not only science, but also politics, economics, philosophy and beyond. Described as ‘A Festival of Ideas’ there are lectures, seminars, workshops for all ages, with plenty of opportunities for questions and answers, exploring issues deeper and in relation to faith. No wonder it attracts hundreds of people who want to explore the meaning of life, and how Science and Faith can enrich our experience of that life. For us, the two came together in one person in our act of worship, as I shared it with the Right Revd. Dr. John Inge, Bishop of Worcester, who is also a passionate chemist.         Continue reading

Scottish Sun and Hospitality

Drumchapel Essenside URC

Last weekend I spent an enjoyable time with Revd William Young and his two churches in the Glasgow area: Clydebank Morison Memorial Church and Drumchapel Essenside Church.  The previous weekend had been the 125th Anniversary for Morison Memorial, celebrated with the help of Douglas McAllister, the Provost of West Dunbartonshire, and Revd Dr David Pickering, the Moderator of the National Synod of Scotland.  I guess they might be feeling moderatored out!

Morison Memorial Church, Clydebank

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From rural to urban

Recently I spent an enlightening morning with the Rural Ministries team based in the Arthur Rank Centre just outside Coventry.  I was impressed by the work they do to help Christians rejuvenate rural churches in a holistic way; covering everything from mission to economic development: returning the church to its position as the centre of the community (and hopefully returning Christ to his position in the centre of our lives also).  Despite being a small team their work is really high quality.  Some of you may already know that the URC and the Methodist Church jointly fund a full time post (the National Rural Officer) supporting rural ministry as part of the Germinate organisation (www.Germinate.net).  At present this role is fulfilled by Revd Elizabeth Clarke, a Methodist minister.

Geminate.net

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