Annual theme blog article #2 April 2018

Time to Learn part 1

Somehow it seems that we have found ourselves at the end of April, with May just around the corner? How time has flown past already this year!

Our annual theme is divided into three strands: Time to Learn, Time to Reflect and Time to Engage. Some of our activities fit firmly into one of these categories, whereas others could fit well into one or more strands. In this blog article we’re going to look back at some of the talks we’ve already had as well as looking forward to the diverse range of speakers we still have to look forward to!

Our Time to Learn series kicked off with a fascinating discussion led by the Dean and a panel of professionals from Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Rowans Hospice, about end of life care. Whilst we may each take a different route through life, death is something we will all encounter and the discussion covered a range of ethical and moral considerations.

From the earth below we moved our attention to the stars above, where Dr David Bacon took us on an intriguing and disconcerting journey exploring time in the universe. Time, it seems, doesn’t behave the same way in space as it does on earth, depending on how fast you’re travelling, which provoked some interesting questions!

Time has been measured by people since ancient times, using a variety of means. Chris McKay, a member of the British Horological Society, gave us a tour of the Bible in clock and watches, explaining how the artwork depicted added a level of status, as well as showing off the skill of the clockmaker themselves.

During much of April our speakers diary was intentionally quiet, to allow time for Easter reflections and services to take place. One of the things I’ve been reminded of lately, is the need to build in time to reflect and learn from what I’m reading, hearing and seeing. Without time to think, how can we know what we’ve learnt, and gain anything useful from it? In a world which seems to move at ever-increasing speed, time to learn and reflect on what we’ve learnt is becoming even more important.

In our next blog article, find out more about the speakers coming up later this year, which will feature Time in Literature, Music, Physics, Fossils & Geology!

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