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Blue Planet, Blue God

Westminster College: Sept 11-13, 2019

Deadline for applications: September 2, 2019

Aim of Course

This is a course for anybody concerned with the well being of our planet and our oceans. After the acclaimed Blue Planet 2 series on television we are fortunate to have Prof. Meric Srokosz and Dr Rebecca Watson with us whose book offers a fresh new lens through which to look at the Bible. We will be helped to look at the theme of caring for our planet of which 71% is sea and of how this fits with our understanding of scripture. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about one of the most pressing issues of our age.

This conference is run in collaboration with Westminster College, Cambridge and Wesley House, Cambridge.

Keynote speakers are Prof Meric Srokosz and Dr Rebecca Watson authors of the book ‘Blue Planet, Blue God; The bible and the sea’ SCM Press 2017.

Meric Srokosz is professor of physical oceanography at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC),  Southampton ( and a former Associate Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion (2012-2015)

Rebecca Watson has a DPhil examining occurrences of the theme of 'chaos' in the Psalter. Her first post was as a Lecturer in Biblical Studies at what is now the University of Cumbria. She is an affiliated lecturer of the University of Cambridge.


Single room: £160

Double Room (two occupants): £307

Day Delegate: £81

Special Day rate for ministerial candidates or CTF students: £50 for Non-Residential

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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The course will be held at Westminster College, Madingley Rd, Cambridge, CB3 0AA. Click here to obtain further details about the College.

Westminster College is housed in an impressive late 19th century grade II listed building situated in two acres of gardens within easy walking distance of Cambridge City Centre, the celebrated 'Backs' and other University Colleges.

Westminster College is on the main ring road within easy access off the M11 and A14 and has limited on-site parking. The College is a short taxi ride from the train and bus stations. Airport coach or train from Stansted Airport (the most convenient airport for Cambridge) takes 30-40 minutes. Location map for Westminster College.

Course Schedule

Wednesday September 11
7.00 pmDinner
8.00 pmProf Meric Srokosz: Blue Planet – Blue God: Introduction
9.00 pmBar and informal discussion
Thursday September 12
8.15 amMorning Prayer
8.45 amBreakfast
9.30 amProf Meric Srokosz: Caring for the Oceans
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Rebecca Watson: Blue Bible, Blue God - Ecology, the Sea and the Bible
12.00 pmGroup Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
1.30 pmFree time
3.30 pmDr Robert Sluka: Caring for marine life
4.30 pmGroup Discussion
6.30 pmDinner
7.30 pmFilm Evening: Cowboy and Preacher: The life and times of Tri Robinson
Friday September 13
8.15 amMorning Prayer
8.45 amBreakfast
9.30 am Nick Goldsworthy: Establishing Biblical Principles for Environmental Action in Church Communities
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Adrian Bailey: Biblical Principles for Environmental Action: The Eco-Church Movement and Belmont Chapel
12.00 pmGroup Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmEnd of Day