• James Gregory Lecture: John Chryssavgis on “A Christian response to the ecological crisis” Watch
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  • James Gregory Lecture: “Theology, Spirituality and Hope: Reimagining Mental Health” Watch
  • Will a particular form of religion dominate the world in this century? Watch

Publications, Reports and Articles

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Article: SRT Project Week of Prayer 10 - 16 June 2018

The annual Week of Prayer for the work of the Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) Project takes place in June. So how can you be involved? Read More

Report: Surveillance and Social Justice Report May 2017

The Church and Society Council SRT Project reported on Surveillance and Social Justice at the 2017 General Assemby ofthe Church of Scotland. It is hoped the report will stimulate Christians who are both subjects and professional users of surveillance to affirm and challenge its value. Read More

Article: Spring/Summer 2017: update from the SRT Policy Officer

We live in a world where we seem to interact more and more with machines; whether that is through our mobile phones, our fitness trackers or our (increasingly automated) cars. The ways in which we interact with machines is not only increasing- it is also evolving. Many of us are old enough to remember when we instructed computers using punch cards; I am typing this on a standard keyboard, but when I browse the net I use a different form of interaction with a machine, pointing and clicking on links or icons- often using swiping and touch screens. Read More

Article: Thoughts of an SRT Project (ex) Convener

Concluding eight years as a member of the SRT committee, six as convener, I feel that my horizons have been significantly expanded as I recall some of my experiences in this role. Firstly, the strengths, talents and experience brought to the group by individual members gives depth and authenticity to our discussions covering a broad range of topics. The addition of co-opted members drawn from a variety of professional and denominational backgrounds also ensures we capture informed comment from a spectrum of scientific disciplines and Christian traditions. Read More

Article: 2016: The Warmest Year on Record and One of the Most Politically Traumatic

2016 is on track to be the warmest year on record. Temperatures are likely to be on average approximately 1.2°C above pre-industrial levels. This follows on from two years, 2014 and 2015 that were themselves record breaking.  2016 was also a year of momentous political developments. On the positive side the Paris climate agreement of 2015 came into effect  on the 4 November 2016 following a signing ceremony at the United Nations in April in New York and ratification by 55 countries accounting for over 55 % of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Elsewhere less auspicious political developments were taking place with the election of Donald Trump to become president of the USA, a man who has previously expressed scepticism about climate change and has apparently little enthusiasm for the Paris agreement. Why does this matter? Read More

Article: SRT Project Summary Report Jun - Nov 2016

Thank you to all who continue to support and encourage the work of the SRT Project, in whatever capacity- not least in remembering us in your prayers. Here is an update on the work we have undertaken in the last few months. Read More

Article: Surveillance and Social Justice

One of the SRT Working Groups has been considering everyday surveillance with the aim of reporting to the General Assembly in 2017. Surveillance is not simply an activity of the security and intelligences services – as portrayed in the 007 or Bourne movies. Data-management is integral to, for example, identifying who needs to be supported through social welfare benefits. At the same time, surveillance systems can be almost insurmountable hurdles against receiving the benefits to which one is entitled. Ken Loach’s new film, I Daniel Blake, tells a story which, although disputed by the government, many people testify to being an apt description of the injustices they face. Read More

Article: End of Life Issues: Orkney Science Festival 2016

The Church of Scotland was delighted to collaborate on these events organised by University of Glasgow End of Life Studies Group at the Orkney Science Festival. Professor Robin Taylor, a medical doctor and ordained minister, was joined by Rev. Dr Hamilton Inbadas to speak on ethics, faith and belief in the face of death. Read More

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