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Summer 2024 courses, seminars and resources from the Faraday Institute

The Faraday Institute annual Summer Course takes place at Lucy Cavendish College from 1st-5th July. The theme this year is ‘The Art and Science of Human Health and Spirituality’. Early bird tickets are on sale until the end of this month, so don’t delay! Bookings can be made at

Science touches every aspect of life – from how it begins and how it ends, to how it is lived in between. The same, of course, is true of religion. Looking the other way, every aspect of life touches science – from politics and power, to understanding the roots of creativity and communication. And the same, of course, is true of religion. This one-week course considers this rich interplay: how science, religion, medicine, and the arts mutually inform, illuminate, and enrich one another.

The course draws together expert speakers from across diverse disciplines to address these topics, though it does not assume that attendees have any formal training in any or all of the topics covered. Many of the speakers have a personal religious – often Christian – faith, though the talks are intended for those of any faith or none.

Join us at Lucy Cavendish College, a short walk from the heart of historic Cambridge and the river Cam. Online participation, live streaming and catchup viewing will also be made available to support delegates in different time zones.

The full list of speakers is as follows:

  • Graham Budd – AI and Robotics in Healthcare in the Future: Better than Humans?
  • Dr Michael Burdett – Human Dignity and Technology
  • Prof. Ben Doolittle – Medicine and Religion
  • Dr Pui Him Ip – Attention in Health and Spirituality: Philosophy of Science and Health
  • Prof. Søren Holm – Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine
  • Dr Tim Howles – Politics, Theology and Earth Science
  • Dr Pavlína Kašparová – Art, Spirituality and Healing
  • Prof. Per T. Sangild – Nutrition and Religion
  • Revd Dr Charlotte Sleigh – Science, Technology and Theology
  • Prof. Judith Wolfe – Science and Religion in Literature

As term restarts, so are our Research Seminars – these are held on Tuesdays at 1pm in the Healey Room at Westminster College, Madingley Road, Cambridge, as well as being broadcast online via Zoom. A light sandwich lunch is served from 12.30pm. Register at

23rd April

The Origin of Life: Chance, Necessity or Design?

Dr Paul Rimmer

7th May

Why Biological Evolution Should Inspire Worship

Dr Graeme Finlay

21st May

The Quest for Human-Level AI and its Implications for Theological Anthropology

Dr Marius Dorobantu

On 10th-11th May a short course on Art, Spirituality and Healing will be delivered by Dr Pavlína Kašparová in the Art Studio at Westminster College. Places are limited and priority will be given to participants attending for both days, so book now to avoid disappointment:

Finally, you may be interested in these resources for church leaders:

10 intro talks for church leaders

Get up to speed on science and faith by watching or listening to these introductory talks, either in order or just dip in. Read more

Resources on Artificial Intelligence

This new online hub brings together Faraday resources on AI, including videos, articles and small group material. Read more

Faraday Churches Quarterly e-news

NEW focussed news for churches and church leaders, including events, training, resource recommendations and ways of keeping in touch. Sign up here


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