“The gap between the science world and the Church has remained too wide for too long” – Bishop Paul Korir reflects on the need for the Anglican Communion Science Commission

The Rt Revd Paul Korir, Bishop of the Diocese of Kapsabet in Kenya, shared his reflections in 2021 as part of a series of conversations about science and faith prior to the Lambeth Conference and in the run-up to the launch of the Anglican Communion Science Commission.  

“The establishment of the Anglican Communion Science Commission for me is long overdue. This Commission will enhance research on matters affecting humanity which include the effects of climate change and the role of science in human life and in relation to the Kingdom of God. It will enhance synergy and promote effective localisation of research.  

COVID-19 was a wake-up call. It informed and taught us that we need to be proactive. It devastated humanity, it shook our faith and the foundations. Thank goodness that science was there to strengthen the faith, hope and assurance of people from the grassroots, to local congregations and diocesan level to the Anglican Church of Kenya.  

When the world was locked down because of COVID-19, it was science that came in very early.  It reminded humanity that we had to go back to the basics – hand washing, social distancing, wearing masks and to go to the doctor if there was anything abnormal. 

As a church, we had to be very intentional in raising the levels of hope and assurance in people. COVID-19 caused us to be present. We were ministering through using online services, WhatsApp and Messenger. People were asking questions ‘What is the meaning of life?’ ‘What about tomorrow?’ ‘Where are we going to go?’ They were saying that COVID-19 is going to wipe humanity from the earth. The Church raised the banner in bringing hope and assurance that God was still in control as much as we were navigating through the murky waters. The presence of the Church accompanying people alongside medical doctors and scientists saved lives and we are eternally grateful.  

The Anglican Communion Commission on Science for me is a God send. It can help us to erase prejudices and suspicion and we will be able to promote science in such a way that we will all serve God and humanity. The gap between the science world and the Church has remained too wide for too long. It is the opportune time for the two schools of thought to be brought together. It is a time for dialogue and reasoning as we read in Isaiah 1:18, ‘Come now, let us reason together’.” 

Announcing: 'Science and Faith'.
Next in Phase 3 of the Lambeth Conference

On July 3 and 4, the Anglican Communion Office team are running webinars on the Lambeth Call on Science and Faith.

open to all:
the Phase 3 webinars