2014 Symposium

2014 Symposium:

'Homosexuality – scientific, biblical, social and pastoral aspects’



Homosexuality - Scientific Aspects

Eleanor Whiteway - Cambridge University and The Faraday Institute


Session 1 Q&A



Homosexuality - Social Aspects

Stephen Keyworth - 'Faith and Society' team leader, Baptist Union of Great Britain


Session 2 Q&A



Homosexuality - Bibilcal Aspects

Terry Griffith - Senior Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Bexleyheath


Session 3 Q&A



Homosexuality - Pastoral Aspects

Simon Woodman - Co-minister, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church


Session 4 Q&A



Homosexuality - Open Forum Discussion


Narrated PowerPoint videos of the talks are available on Youtube as below:






2014 Essay Competition

Faith and Thought Prize Essay Competition

A prize of £500 is offered for the best essay on the subject

Designer Babies?

Closing date 30th June 2015.

Competition Conditions :

  1. Faith and Thought will own the copyright of the essay, though the author will normally be permitted to embody it in a later, more comprehensive work.
  2. It should not exceed 7,000 words, excluding documentation, typewritten, with double spacing and 2 cm margins.
  3. It should be submitted to the Honorary Secretary’s address, accompanied by a brief synopsis of 200 words setting out which parts are claimed to be original, along with a sealed envelope with a motto outside, and the author’s name and address inside.
  4. As an encouragement to young writers, candidates, where applicable, may add to their motto the words, ‘Under 25’ or state their date of birth: neither is published.
  5. Entries will be professionally refereed and if the referees consider the prize should be divided between two authors, the trustees’ decision will be final.
  6. If no submissions are deemed worthy, the right to withhold the prize and to publicise another competition thereafter will be exercised.
  7. The prize is normally announced at the subsequent AGM.
  8. Officers of the Victoria Institute may not participate.
  9. Submission of an entry will indicate candidates’ assent to all these conditions.

Guidance Notes.

1.       The essay should be factual not (science) fiction.

2.       It can be scientific, theological, philosophical or a mixture of one or more of these.

3.       Ethical issues should be addressed e.g. What is the purpose of designer babies? Who would benefit from their creation? Would it herald a better ‘brave new world’? What about human rights, individuality and autonomy? Who would most benefit and how might potential misuses be avoided?

Honorary Secretary: Dr Alan Kerry, 3 Dukes Place, 19, Watford Road, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 3DP email drapkerry@gmail.com


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