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Durham University

St John's College


Visiting Fellow in Residence Summer Term 2018

(23 April 2018)

We are pleased to welcome Trevor Thorn as resident Visiting Fellow, Trevor will be with us from 23 April to 22 June 2018 and will be joined by his wife Pam.

Trevor spent most of his employed life as a fund-raiser for church-based causes (Ridley Hall, Cambridge; Great St Mary’s, Cambridge University church; Ely Cathedral), after starting his working life in banking, where he had qualified with banking and company secretarial diplomas and prizes in banking law.

 During his time in various banks, Trevor developed the practice of writing verse-farewells for workplace colleagues which he sung when they retired. This grew into a broader base of writing in verse and as a Lay Minister, Trevor found this helpful in gathering together faith and science insights; a number of hymns with this joint theme emerged.

It was not difficult for Trevor to recognize that writing verse about science and faith was unlikely to attract any publisher, since the potential market would inevitably be very small. When a friend enthused about the viewing potential of a blog-site about narrow-boating, Trevor felt there might be a possibility of promulgating his writings in that way. Six and a half years later, his blog called ‘The Cross and The Cosmos’ has attracted more than 175,000 pageviews.

As an adjunct to the The Cross and The Cosmos, Trevor has recently run a project within the ‘Scientists in Congregations’ national initiative, run by St John’s Durham, to gather and write songs for use in church Primary schools and at All-Age worship. A book entitled ‘Sing of God and Science’ with 19 songs has resulted, together with a dedicated You-Tube channel of the same name, where songs from the book and other appropriate songs and hymns are progressively being posted.



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