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Michael Perham University and Cathedral Lecture
May 17, 5:30 pm
Monday 17th May at 5.30pm via Zoom.
Revd Professor David Wilkinson reflects on God and the Pandemic
How does a scientist and a theologian engage with some of the big questions raised by the pandemic? What have we been learning about what it means to be ‘led by the science’ and the vulnerability of humans to the natural world? Where is God in all of this?
The pandemic has focused questions in the relationship of science and theology which are both helpful and challenging.
In this year’s annual Michael Perham University and Cathedral Lecture, taking place on Monday 17 May, David Wilkinson will consider these questions. With PhDs in both astrophysics and systematic theology, he comes at this complicated and thought-provoking topic as both a scientist and theologian. David Wilkinson is Principal of St John’s College and Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion in Durham University. A regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 Thought for the Day, his recent books include When I pray what does God do? and (with Dave Hutchings) God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse.
The Michael Perham University and Cathedral Lecture series is named in commemoration of Michael Perham. As well as being Bishop of Gloucester, Michael was Pro-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire for many years, served as Chair of the University Council, and was instrumental in developing closer relationships between the University and the Diocese. The event usually alternates between the Cathedral and the University Chapel each year, however this year it will be delivered by Zoom, given current Covid-19 restrictions.
The lecture, which will be delivered online on Monday 17 May at 5.30pm, will be introduced by the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, and followed by a short Q&A session. Tickets are free but audience members must book ahead on Eventbrite.