Workshops

The workshops will give you an opportunity to respond to the keynotes in different ways. This might relate both to the language we use to offer prayers and any action that those prayers lead us to. A secondary objective is to provide a rich array of resources which can be uploaded to our website. We hope that through this all of you will be able to contribute, in different ways, to a web-based resource which will leave a lasting contribution.

At each seminar you will be able to attend two 30-minute workshops (see Seminar Format) and we are thus asking you to rank your workshop preferences separately for each seminar (please rank all 4 in case we cannot give you your first choices) when you apply for tickets (follow this link) . We will do our best to offer you the workshops you want but given that places are limited this may not be possible. In this case we will try and make sure you get at as many of your preferences as possible across the seminar series. Workshops 1 and 2 are quite limited in size and any individual is only likely to be able to participate in a maximum of two of each across the seminar series. Please bear this in mind when selecting your choices.

Each workshop will be led by a facilitator from a local church. Their role is to see that the workshop runs smoothly and to time. They are all scientists, but you should not assume that they have any specialist knowledge of the seminar topic.

You will be notified of workshop allocation by e-mail on the Monday before each seminar (and will thus have to have applied for tickets before this).

Workshop 1: Recording

The aim is to produce two short video interviews with the keynote speaker (one from each of the two workshops). The keynote speaker will participate in a discussion with the workshop participants to identify three or four questions arising out of her or his talk and the plenary discussion that she or he is happy to answer in the interview. The workshop will conclude with a 5-minute recording of the interview (with the facilitator asking the questions and a technician filming).

Workshop 2: Reflecting

Participants will reflect on the keynote talk and discuss how it could be used by others particularly as a basis for small group discussion (after the video of the keynote has been watched). The aim is to draw up a short list of questions that can be used to guide such discussion (that might last for about an hour).

Workshop 3: Responding

This is an opportunity for you to respond to the preceding talk and discussion however you wish but particularly by writing or otherwise creating their own prayers either for public worship or private devotion. You’ll be free to work alone or collaboratively with others but we hope you’ll want to share the results with each other .

It is assumed that most of you will want to write but some art and craft materials (the sort of resources we use for Junior or Messy Church) will be available for those who would prefer to respond in other ways. If you’d like to bring your own resources (e.g. quality paints, needle-craft materials, a musical instrument?) then please feel free to do so).

Written outputs will be uploaded to this website as will photographs and video or sound recordings of other outputs. If you’d like to take your work away to finish then we’d be happy to receive copies later electronically.

Workshop 4: Resourcing

This workshop will aim to identify broader resources that relate to the theme of the seminar and can be linked to from this web-site for people who would like to explore the themes more deeply. These might include:

  • Bible passages
  • Hymns/worship songs
  • Prayers
  • Works of art
  • Background to science
  • Associated societal issues
  • Any other internet resources

In some cases notes explaining the relevance of any particular resource to the theme might be required.

We have a number of Kindle Fire tablets for browsing the internet to identify such resources. Bibles and hymn books will also be available. Please feel free to bring your own tablets if you would prefer. Free wifi access will be available. Participants will be encouraged to collaborate with others (but you can choose to work on your own should you wish to).