Wesley Methodist Church

A church for all in the heart of the city

Science Meets Faith

Second Monday of the month from October to June, 7.15 pm for 7.45 pm


We present world class lectures on issues of Science and Faith, sponsored by Cambridge University Press. 

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Our next meeting:

Monday 11 June 2018 in the Nave, at 7.45 p.m.

Xenotransplantation: When non-human animals enable human patients to live

Revd Dr Julie Norris, Anglican Priest

 Julie studied at Wesley House in Cambridge from 1986 to 1989 where she undertook a Master’s degree at Cambridge University. This included a dissertation on the ethical and theological issues of infertility treatments, which was supervised by Baroness Mary Warnock.  She later undertook a PhD at Birmingham University, looking at the ethical and theological issues of the transplantation of living cells, tissues or organs from one species to another, termed Xenotransplantation. This thesis was supervised by the Methodist Minister and theologian Revd Dr Kenneth Wilson.

Julie is an Anglican Parish Priest.  She has stepped aside from parish ministry to write a book on Xenotransplantation, at the point when clinical trials on human patients are beginning on the international scene.  This is a treatment which has the potential to help many people with end-stage organ failure.  However, it is also a treatment that raises ethical objections and anxieties.  

Julie will set out the current state of research; she will present a theological case for welcoming Xenotransplantation by offering a framework to address the ethical issues and fears.  Julie will encourage the engagement of churches to take a part in shaping public attitudes and policy in this matter, as well as in supporting recipient patients. 

Programme for 2017/18

Listen Again

Recordings of many of the lectures from last year's series are available to listen again.