There will be five seminars through September, October and November this year:
28th September Dr Ruth Armstrong
Co-Director of ‘Learning Together’, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.
‘Lost in wonder, love and praise’: prayer and the road from crime.
Ruth is a criminologist who has researched the role of faith and faith communities both within and after prison. More recently she has pioneered Learning Together, a prize-winning initiative linking universities and prisons to study alongside each other in inclusive and transformative learning communities.
5th October Dr Ruth Bancewicz
Church Engagement Director, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge
All Creation Praises God! – Science and worship in action
Ruth is a geneticist who will explore how our knowledge of the diversity and complexity or life might affect the way we express our prayers of adoration.
19th October Revd Canon Dr Joanna Collicutt
Karl Jaspers Lecturer Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Ripon College, Oxford
The psychology and neuroscience of prayer
Joanna is a chartered clinical psychologist and specialist neuropsychologist. Her research papers span cognitive behaviour therapy, brain and behaviour, natural theology, and the spirituality of children and people with special needs. She is author of several books and currently editing another on neurology and religion. She is an associate priest in a local parish and honorary canon of Christ Church Cathedral.
2nd November Professor Peter D Howdle
Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine, The University of Leeds.
Peter’s clinical and research interest was in diseases of the small intestine resulted in over 100 articles and 3 books. For four years he served as Chair of Guideline Development Committees for the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). He is a past Vice-President of Methodist Conference and an active Lay Preacher.
16th November Revd Prof David Chester
Department of Geography and Environmental Science , Liverpool Hope University
Earthquakes, Volcanoes and God: Praying in response to Natural Disasters
David is Head of Environmental Sciences at Liverpool Hope University. His research has focussed on natural hazards, particularly earthquakes and volcanoes, and their impacts. His recent research has concentrated on religious responses to disasters. He is also an ordained Anglican priest.