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God and the Pandemic | The Michael Perham Cathedral and University Lecture 2021

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17 May 2021, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

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God and the Pandemic, presented by Revd Professor David Wilkinson.

The Michael Perham Cathedral and University of Gloucestershire Lecture 2021

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, Revd Professor David Wilkinson will consider these questions from a place of reflection. With PhDs in both astrophysics and systematic theology, Revd Professor Wilkinson comes at this complicated and thought-provoking topic as both a scientist and theologian, offering stimulating commentary as well as steers for personal contemplation.

Revd Professor 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 will be introduced by the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, and followed by a short Q&A session.

This lecture will be delivered online. An email link will be sent to confirmed attendees the day before the event.