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Monday, 11 May 2015

CREATION AND SCIENCE CELEBRATION: ELY CATHEDRAL.


This morning I sent the following Press Release out about this our celebration last night in Ely Cathedral.

‘People from Cambridge and Ely and across the Diocese of Ely came together last night to celebrate ‘The Wonders of Creation revealed by Science’. A glimpse of the breadth of the reach of science was provided by Prof. Alasdair Coles who spoke fluently about our contemporary understanding of the human brain, by Dr Frank Flynn who took the participants into the realms of deep space and Trevor Thorn who organized the celebration and read one of his own poems about palaentology, reflecting on the excitement of children at finding amber on a beach.

‘We were greatly encouraged’, said Trevor afterwards ‘to see how many people are prepared to actively engage with the fascinating way in which faith and science can be woven together to reflect on the sheer wonder of our existence’’

Part of the encouragement came in comments made this morning on Fb such as
‘It was a lovely service Trevor, the talks, poetry, music in a lovely peaceful setting…’

What was even further encouraging was that it worked so well in the Cathedral, having been first developed for use in one of our Country parishes (All Saints’, Landbeach) and transferred into the Cathedral setting very well. So, demonstrably a possibility for most Church settings – and perhaps for school assemblies as well.

For those who might be interested, the service order appears below in a series of JPEGs. If anyone sees this order as having potential in their own setting, a copy can be obtained in doc/docx form by sending an email to crossandcosmos@gmail.com

Click once (or possibly twice) on each of the following images to produce readable pages on your screen


 

 

 

 









The two poems on page 6 (Reading) were linked with the First Reading from Job by the narrative shown below


further material that could suitably replace the poems used above can be found in the ‘Wonders of Science’ section of this blog which can be accessed HERE

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'