‘Feeling Our Way: Emotion, Science and Faith’ Symposium
A two-day event on the 1st and 2nd April to launch the college’s 2023 Residential Week
As part of our annual Residential Week, the College welcomed students and guests to a two-day symposium on ‘Feeling Our Way: Emotion, Science and Faith’.
St Augustine’s Research Fellow Buki Fatona, who attended and helped to host the symposium, reflected on the event:
“On the first day, which took place online, Dr Gena St David of the Seminary of the Southwest emphasised the importance of trust in learning. Prof Mark Wynn of the University of Oxford explored the epistemic role emotions have in religion; allowing us past the realm of rationality and language.
The second day took place at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. Guest speaker Dr Nathan Bossoh spoke on his personal journey as a Black British Christian, and how this informs his work as the London Science Museum’s first African Collections Research Curator.
‘This experience has necessarily meant confronting uncomfortable, and often neglected, topics,’ Dr Bossoh explained, ‘topics including slavery, racism, African erasure, and the colonisation and Westernisation of Science and Christianity.’
Finally, guest speaker Prof Thomas Dixon explored the history of emotions. Afterwards, he led participants through practical activities on identifying and understanding their own emotions.
The symposium’s focus on emotions and feelings allowed participants to explore the role they play in how we engage with science and religion – and how emotions shape and inform who we are as church leaders.”
After the symposium concluded, students and guests continued to gather for our annual Canterbury Residential Week. The College was particularly honoured to welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who spoke to attendants on Tuesday 4th April.