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“Hardly anyone can ever find God because God is right at the end of your mind after all the background thoughts are gone.”
Maisie Satchwell-Hust

Diocese of Manchester
Board of Education

God and the Big Bang

God and the Big Bang (GatBB) is a national education project which runs interactive workshop days with students from Year 5 – 13 to discover, discuss and debate the compatibility of science and faith.

The workshops equip young people with the tools they need to form their own opinions and engage in rational and thought-provoking discussion about the part science plays in God’s world.
GatBB often find schools are unable to participate in our workshops due to budget limitations. With funding from Westhill, we are creating a fund so that small schools in rural areas are able to access GatBB events, where they may often be less able to offer cross-curricular learning experiences due to small class sizes and restricted budgets. Schools in this situation struggle to host a GatBB workshop day in their school, and could not afford to travel to a Cathedral event.

Over the next 2 years, we want to help 50  low-income schools access a GatBB event. On average 100 students attend each of our workshop days and so we aim to reach a minimum of 5000 young people representing rural or low-income demographics. This funding will be available to schools from January 2021, when we are planning to return to visiting schools, working within restrictions relating to the pandemic.
By receiving funding towards one of our events, schools benefit from a creative, thought-provoking, and highly engaging approach to questions of science and faith.

Students have the opportunity to interact with professors and graduates from top universities around the country, with the time to ask questions and have a taste of what university level study might be like.

This helps to raise the profile of Theology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies as subjects for study at university, demonstrating their interdisciplinary nature and tackling the traditional assumption that they are not accessible to students from low-income demographics.

Students of all faiths and none encounter people of faith who can offer thoughtful, well-reasoned responses to some of their biggest questions, encouraging them to expand the horizons of their curiosity.
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