Engaging with Science

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Engaging with Science

23rd April 2021 | 10:00 am - 24th April 2021 | 1:00 pm

***Coronavirus update: We are planning to run this event and are excited about it, but obviously this will depend on government guidelines.

In partnership with The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion we are putting on a two-day conference which aims to equip Christians to be able to engage faithfully with challenging ethical and scientific questions.  

If you’re a Church leader, a Christian working in a science-related profession, or a Christian with a strong interest in learning how to approach scientific questions through biblical lenses, then this event is especially for you!  

The conference will cover three key topics including: 

  • Science and Faith 
  • Creation Care  
  • Human identity 

The sessions will encourage you in your walk with the Lord, and will give you greater confidence in understanding and speaking into some of the most critical questions of our day.  

There will also be a chance to engage with one another, and to get out in the beautiful countryside surrounding Keswick too.

For more information about The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, click here.

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Dr Denis Alexander

Denis Alexander is the Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. Dr Alexander was previously Chairman of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge. Prior to that he was at the Imperial Cancer Research Laboratories in London (now Cancer Research UK), and spent 15 years developing university departments and laboratories overseas, latterly as Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Medical Faculty of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. There he helped to establish the National Unit of Human Genetics. He was initially an Open Scholar at Oxford reading Biochemistry, before obtaining a PhD in Neurochemistry at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.

Dr Alexander writes, lectures and broadcasts widely in the field of science and religion. From 1992-2013 he was Editor of the journal Science & Christian Belief, and previously served as a member of the executive committee of the International Society for Science and Religion. He gave the Gifford Lectures at St Andrews University in 2012 and these were published by CUP under the title ‘Genes, Determinism and God‘.

Dr Ruth Valerio

I am Gobal Advocacy and Influencing Director for Tearfund and carry a vision to inspire and equip Christians to a whole-life response to poverty, helping build a movement that brings about lasting change on the issues that impact the poorest and most vulnerable.

I have a particular interest in environmental issues and long to see the culture of the Church change so that caring for God’s earth becomes an integral part of church life, rather than an optional extra. To that end, before Tearfund, I was Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK, a Christian charity that works for the protection and restoration of the natural world, and I spearheaded Eco Church, which helps churches do just that.

Academically, I have a theology degree from Cambridge and a doctorate from Kings College London, in which I looked at simplicity and consumerism and particularly at the relationship between Thomas Aquinas’ virtues of temperance and justice. I also hold honorary doctorates from the Universities of Winchester and Chichester and am currently Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral.

I have written extensively on justice, environment and lifestyle issues, particularly from a Christian perspective.

Dr David Randall

David Randall is a doctor working in renal medicine in London and conducting academic research into the development of kidney disease at the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London. He is actively involved in the work of the Christian Medical Fellowship, where he chairs the Medical Study Group that considers developments in medical ethics and produces a range of resources addressing these issues from a Christian perspective. David is married to Abigail, a GP in Tower Hamlets. They have three children and are active in the life of their local church.

Who is is for?

Church leaders, Christians in scientific professions, those with an interest in science/ethics.


The cost for the event is £50. (Accommodation is not included)

You can find your own accommodation or we have some accommodation at the Convention Centre which is available on a first come first serve basis at an additional cost. If you would be interested in making use of the Convention Centre accommodation please contact Carolyn at carolyn.south@keswickministries.org for further information.

To register and pay please complete the registration form below and for further information you can contact Carolyn at carolyn.south@keswickministries.org or on 017687 80075 option 4.

We understand that occasionally it is necessary to cancel a booking. If you have to cancel your booking we will refund the fee paid for the event, minus 5% admin charge to cover the processing fees we incur. If we have to cancel the event we will refund the full fee paid. Your refund will be processed by the original payment method and you will be notified of the refunded amount.


23rd April 2021 | 10:00 am
24th April 2021 | 1:00 pm
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