I have just got back from the first ever clergy conference in the Diocese of Leeds. We met at Liverpool Hope University – a place to which I used to deliver the newspapers when I was a kid. I grew up half a mile away.
It went remarkably well. The last few years have not been easy as we dissolved three dioceses at Easter 2014 and worked to keep everything going while creating something new. This conference was a turning point and felt like a celebration.
However, it wasn’t just the atmosphere that did it. The speakers excelled. The particular highlight for most of us was yesterday’s presentations and conversations by Professor Brian Cox and Professor David Wilkinson on ‘Science, the cosmos and human meaning’. Their presentations were superb, clear, stretching and totally engaging. The enthusiasm for science was palpable, but also held in a rooted sense of curiosity…
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