Trinity Church in Lewes, East Sussex, is to receive a grant to develop a project to foster better understanding between science and faith.
The project is among 10 to receive funding of up to £10,000 as part of the second wave of Scientists in Congregations, a grant scheme open to all mainstream Christian churches. The projects are aimed at helping churchgoers engage confidently with science, raising the profile of Christians whose vocation is science-related and changing the debate about science and faith in churches and communities.
Scientists in Congregations is part of Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science, a three-year Durham University project run in partnership with the Church of England.
Trinity Church in Lewes will draw up ‘ecosystem’ services with walks starting and finishing at each of the church’s three sites examining the natural environment with an explanation from an ecologist, and Christian teaching, theological reflection and prayer by a pastor or minister.
“This project is part of our desire to put Love In Action in our town.’ Said Steve Daughtery vicar of the Trinity Group of churches in Lewes. “Such projects are practical, inspirational and urgently needed as part of a suite of responses to make a difference. I hope it will stretch our church’s imagination, connect with others from outside our church who have a similar passion and show how we can better discharge God’s call for us to care for his creation.”
Rt Rev Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston, and one of the co-leaders of Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science, alongside Durham University Professors David Wilkinson and Tom McLeish, said: "I have been very excited and encouraged by the range and quality of these local projects – they bear witness to the widespread and vibrant desire to enable a fruitful and stimulating conversation between science and faith which is much needed in contemporary society.”
Martin Pett is pictured far left
Read the full Church of England press release here