Programme 2020


The Younghusband Lecture


One Mystery, Two Stories – Science and Religion in Dialogue

4.00 – 5.30 pm, 12 November 2020WCF Younghusband Lecture 2020

One Mystery, Two Stories – Science and Religion in Dialogue

4.00 – 5.30 pm, 12 November 2020

WCF’s much-valued Younghusband Lecture will be different this year, for two reasons. The first is that government rules on public gatherings during this period of Covid-19 pandemic do not permit a physical gathering. Therefore, we are staging the Younghusband via the now familiar Zoom method. The reason for the afternoon rather than evening timing is that we have some contributions coming from times zones several hours ahead of the UK.

The second reason for the difference this year is that we shall hear from 3 contributors – from India, the United Arab Emirates, and the UK. Each will present 20 minutes on the theme connected to Science and Religion, and there will be 30 minutes for questions and discussion.

The 3 speakers are:

Prof. Nidhal Guessoum (Muslim), Algerian astrophysicist and professor at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Swami Medhananda (Hindu), Assistant Professor and Head of Department of Philosophy, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute, West Bengal, India

Dr David Gosling (Christian), Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

The speakers will each reflect their personal interests in the Science – Religion debates as well as address general issues.

The overall theme of Science and Religion embraces how the religious imagination relates to the working assumptions of scientists in their experimental investigations of life’s processes as well as to the practical applications of the fruits of research and discovery.

This year’s event promises to be not only a new venture for WCF but also an exciting journey into dialogue between traditions and with the amazing world of scientific achievements.

The event will be ticketed and tickets are available on Eventbrite at


There will be a limit to the number of tickets, so please reserve your place now.

Full details of the Zoom link will be sent out later.

The event will be free to attend but we would be delighted if you wished to make a donation. To do so, please go to .

World Congress of Faiths and Faith and Belief Forum Joint Conference: Faith, diversity and education

and World Congress of Faiths Annual General Meeting

Date to be advised
The Hawthorns (Bassett Suite),  West Bromwich Albion Football Club, 9 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich    B71 4LF

Cost: £20  or  £15 for WCF members and F&BF Alumni

The World Congress of Faiths and the Faith and Belief Forum are jointly hosting a conference around the theme of ‘Faith, Diversity and Education’, with presenters speaking on new research and project ideas, and an afternoon of interactive sessions. This promises to be an exciting event embracing a topical theme and looking to the future.


10:00-10:30 Registration and refreshments

10:30 Welcome

10:30-13:00 Presentations

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:30 Interactive session

16:30 World Congress of Faith Annual General Meeting

17:00 Close