Black Holes, Dark Matter and Dark Energy: The Depths of Faith and Space

Date: Noon 5 September to 1:00pm 6 September 2023
Location: St John’s College, Durham

A conference for senior church leaders (by invitation only).

Join us as we meet world-leading cosmologists to gain tools for applying the latest in scientific cosmology to preaching, mission, and ministry.

About the Conference

This meeting features lectures and Q&A with world-leading cosmologists:

Dr Jennifer Wiseman – Senior Astrophysicist; Director-Emeritus of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) programme. Member of ECLAS International Advisory Group.




Prof Carlos Frenk, CBE, FRS – Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics and Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University; IOP Dirac Medal recipient in 2020 for work on dark matter.




Prof Chris DoneProfessor in the Department of Physics at Durham University, and a member of the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy. Prof Done works on black holes, both the stellar sized ones that form at the endpoint of the life of the most massive stars, and the supermassive ones which grow in the centres of most galaxies. 


You will have the rare opportunity to meet these scientific leaders in an invitation-only conference for senior church leaders. Other events at the conference will include:

  • Theological and ministerial reflection led by Revd Prof David Wilkinson
  • Evensong  in Durham Cathedral with Luke Jerram’s stunning ‘Gaia’ model installed above.
  • Tour of the Ogden Centre Libeskind building followed by an immersive cosmological experience.
  • Cosmology and mission discussions with senior scientists, theologians, and other senior leaders.


Attendance at the conference is free, and accommodation and all meals are provided.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Despina Katsidou:

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