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Julie Wearing

Following a degree in Applied Biology I moved into the pharmaceutical industry, initially as a medical representative and later into clinical research working initially in patient drug trials in the areas of infertility, diabetes and multiple sclerosis moving later into the area of quality, audits and preparation for regulatory inspections.  After nearly 20 years in the industry, following a call for ordination, I was selected for training for the priesthood.

 I attended Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham, gaining a BA in Theology and Ministry in 2012 and was ordained that year.  Following a 3 year curacy in Slough, I am now vicar of St Faith’s church – an urban parish church in the West End of Lincoln.

 As a scientist, I became particularly interested in the dialogue between faith and science and I started looking more intently at this field under the supervision of Professor Dr David Wilkinson, whilst writing my dissertation: ‘Is the Concept of the Soul Outdated?  I am now researching my MA dissertation ‘The Role of the Holy Spirit in Free Will and Determination’. 

 I feel there is a need for discussions to be held on science and faith at all age levels; working with young people in my curacy, I would often get asked how I could be both a priest and a scientist.  Currently I am involved in setting up a group in Lincoln looking at how we can promote the interaction of science and faith to promote discussion and a better understanding of how the disciplines benefit each other.