St Ternan’s & Christ Church

Exploring Science and Theology

SummaryChrist Church

Faith deepens through meaningful conversation with others on the journey, and young people grow in their faith through engagement with adults who they see are continuing to learn.

The Exploring Science and Theology project for Deeside aims to create the conditions for this conversation through encouraging continuing local development of the Deeside Pilgrimage Trail as a living and changing container in which to encounter science and faith issues linked to creation and God, and to help guide that conversation through potentially contentious topics by construction of a “DEMOCS” type game to populate supporting information for the pilgrimage action.

The work will be anchored by key conferences to model respectful dialog, and sustained by the creation of a website and related applications. Much of the professional time the grant will fund includes thoughtful training and involvement of young people from the community both through their participation in the conferences and pilgrimage activities, and by encouraging their leadership in the website, application, and DEMOCs game development itself.

In addition to these opportunities to integrate scientific and theological perspectives, we aim to establish ways for people of varying ages and belief systems to engage with each other.

Key QuestionsSt Ternan's awaits Torch

  1. Does the idea of Pilgrimage still engage the wider (especially non-churched) population?
  2. Does the DEMOCs games approach, which we know works for secular issues, also provide a vehicle for theological debate?
  3. Does the combination of Pilgrimage and DEMOCs games provide a way for people to connect across generations and differing ideologies?
  4. Does science help us to understand the role of God in creation?

Events Planned


2pm – 8pm: Kincardine O’Neil 

The Deeside Way is a walking trail, and so much more. As we pass through towns, villages, and rich landscapes we also travel through eons of geologic time and centuries of human habitation and economic and spiritual heritage.

Anyone with a vested interest in this land and community has a part to play in interpreting that walk to better reveal the richness of this place. Join others from Deeside as we consider the ways we might develop this thoroughfare together.

2pm – 5.30pm: at Kincardine House, Kincardine O’Neil 

With guest speakers including members of the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum who can describe the way other local trails have been developed to enhance local enterprises, and representatives from local Council and the Scottish National Heritage; time for group discussion, and input from a panel representing local businesses, estates, churches, schools, and community and heritage groups.

6.00 – 8.00pm: at Christ Church 

Songs and stories celebrating our local life, followed by refreshments and chat.

To reserve a place for the afternoon events, please contact the Rev Lisa Eunson at or 01330 822783.


10am – 3pm, Banchory (St Ternan’s Church and Hall) 

Speakers currently being booked, but we have confirmations from Sam Berry (evolutionary), Eric Priest (cosmology), and a definite maybe from Brian Brock (theology). We will also include an experienced Academy-level teacher in RME to facilitate questions and discussion. The format will ask the speakers to model dialog with each other across the theology/science spectrum, and then the gathered will work in facilitated small groups to consider suggested areas of discussion.