This is a guest news post from Trevor Thorn. Trevor is a Licenced Lay Minister in Ely Diocese, and in 2018 he was made a Visiting Scholar at St John’s College, Durham to develop a faith and science hymn, song and poetry collection.

Science in the Sanctuary
22-23 April 2023
St Peter’s church, Horningsea

A community-based idea has emerged in one of our small country parishes which will be hosting an art exhibition later this month. I asked if I could make a contribution to the overall exhibition with a display entitled Faith, Beauty and Science.

The exhibition will be held on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of April at St Peter’s church, Horningsea, 6 miles from the centre of Cambridge. The exhibition opens on Saturday at 11:00 o’clock and on Sunday at 11:30, closing both days at 4:00 PM.

If you happen to be in the Cambridge area that weekend, do please drop by to see how we are doing. If all goes well I will write up our experience which could easily be turned on its head, in the sense that any local church could invite an art club or Society to display their work. Most will accept with alacrity, and the church leaders reserve the sanctuary area, or its equivalent, for a Faith and Science exhibition. I am provisionally calling this latter possibility ‘Science in the Sanctuary’ in the hope that others might be able to engender interest in a similar enterprise. Imagine, for example, a telescope in the sanctuary to look at the ceiling features but with literature about God and His Universe!

Details of the Horningsea exhibition follow, and I will look forward to telling you what transpires from it soon.

Trevor Thorn.



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