Venue: the University of Leicester


The keynote speakers are:

Derek McAuley, Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches.

He takes the view that "Unitarianism and Free Christianity, from its position on the boundary, can be a bridge between people of different faiths and none"

Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society (NSS).

Keith has been described as "a radical activist in a business suit". He has raised the campaigning profile of the NSS both nationally and internationally. Keith has a great deal to contribute on "making connections" because he moves on a daily basis from intervening against the Christian Institute in the European Court of Human Rights to campaigning with them against measures restricting free speech.

Pippa Evans, comedian and co-founder of the Sunday Assemblies.

Pippa will be working with us to develop a "Sunday Assembly" to conclude the 2014 Conference.

Click this link for full details and booking forms

Interviews with New Zealand SOF members, including Professor Sir Lloyd Geering, on the 50th anniversary of the the publication of 'Honest to God', were broadcast on the ABC in Australia last week.

You can listen to the broadcast, or download an mp3 Podcast and listen to it, on the following link:

The Spirit of Things: Honest to God

Sea of Faith London Conference 2013

“Secular Religion?”

Saturday 21st September 2013

Main Speakers were: Stephen Batchelor; Don Cupitt; Richard Holloway

4 DVD Video Recordings of this Conference are now available: £12 by PayPal, credit card or cheque (payable to Chris Avis, not Sea of Faith).

See ordering details

Transcripts of all talks from this sell-out Conference

A personal view from Dinah Livingstone, our Sofia magazine editor (Christmas no.110); see her editorial

Click this link for full details of the London UK 2013: Secular Religion? Conference.

United Kingdom Sea of Faith National Conference 2013

A recording of the Conference is now available from Chris Avis. See ordering details

23 – 25 July 2013 at the University of Leicester

“For the Common Good”

The title 'For the Common Good' invited us to look beyond humanly created religions and ideologies to shared ethics and action.

Professor Tim Jackson, a British ecological economist and Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey

Alom Shaha, author of 'The Young Atheist's Handbook'

Chris Howson, author of 'A Just Church' and Anglican Chaplain to the University of Sunderland

Edited transcripts of these talks can be found in Sofia magazine (September no.109)

A Reasonable Faith re-issued

David Boulton's original 'Sea of Faith' booklet,
'A Reasonable Faith: Introducing the Sea of Faith Network',
has been re-issued as a free e-book in PDF format.

Download and read it now!

Sea of Faith Oxford Conference 2012

Saturday 10 November 2011
“Education in Good Faith?”
Friends' Meeting House, Oxford

Do Free Schools, Academies and Faith Schools offer to help, or to hinder the development of children's life-skills for a just, open and free society?

To read a comprehensive report of the conference, click this link:


To download this Report in PDF form, click the following link:


Stop Press.

The Rev David Patterson, a Trustee of the Sea of Faith Network (UK), speaks on Channel 4, 7.55pm, 22 November: 'What can Religion learn from Atheism?'

David has been a Vicar in the Church of England for forty years, yet throughout that time he has never believed in the existence of God or in an afterlife. David wants Christians to learn from Atheists to reject the idea of a supernatural deity beyond our universe, and instead focus on living the best lives we can in the here and now.

You can watch his short talk on the following link (click the next line):

David Patterson: 'What can Religion learn from Atheism?'

A non-SOFN Event

Empathy and Compassion in Society: A Conference for the Public Sector including Professionals in Education, Health and Social Care

Friday 23rd November 2012

Karen Armstrong and Richard Layard were two of an expert world-renowned panel of speakers.

You can now watch videos of this very successful Conference on the following Link:

Anne Ashworth's new book.

“Not as the Crow Flies”

Journal and Selected Poems

SOF's latest publication is Not as the Crow Flies: Journal and Selected Poems by Anne Ashworth, which was launched at the SOF Conference in Leicester this year. The book can be ordered from bookshops, online or by post from:

Stephen Williams
157 Russell Road, Moseley,

The book is £7.95 postfree. With your order please enclose a cheque for £7.95 made out to 'Sea of Faith' or 'SOF'.

United Kingdom Sea of Faith National Conference 2012

Friday 13 – Sunday 15 July 2012 at the University of Leicester

“Work and Worth”

The subject of this year’s conference was 'Work and Worth'.

Conference Speakers were:

Don Cupitt, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Professor Femi Oyebode
(Professor of Psychiatry , University of Birmingham)

Professor Harriet Bradley (Professor of Sociology, University of Bristol)

Martin Morgan , Consultant Occupational Therapist

Tony Windross, Vicar, Hythe, Kent; author of The Thoughtful Guide to Faith

Edited transcripts can be found in the September 2012 issue of Sofia magazine (no.105)

SoFiC Day Conference 2012

Sea of Faith in the Churches (SoFiC) is a special interest group within the Sea of Faith Network that explores the interface between church and SoF, and is open to anyone who is interested.
It provides a meeting place for those SOF members (and their friends) who find themselves in the midst of, or hovering on the edge of, the Christian Church

This was held on Saturday 10 March 2012 Kensington Unitarians' Essex Church, London W8 4RT

BEING CHURCH - on a rising tide?

Brian Mountford, Vicar, University Church, Oxford; Fellow, St Hilda's College; author of Christian Atheist: Belonging without Believing

Tony Windross, Vicar, Hythe, Kent; author of The Thoughtful Guide to Faith

Richard Hall, former Curate, Holy Trinity, Eastbourne; emeritus Head of Religion, King Edward VI School, Southampton.

Click this link for full Conference details

Edited transcripts can be found in the June 2012 issue of Sofia magazine (no.104)

2011 Conference Audio Recordings

Audio Recordings of the 2011 Annual Conference ('Brain, Belief and Behaviour') and the 2011 London Conference ('Lust for Certainty') are now available from Chris Avis. Purchasing details

Sea of Faith Banbury Day Conference 2011

Saturday 26 November 2011
“In Conversation with Tony Windross” Making Religion Accessible

This one-day seminar was led by Tony Windross, author of the book The Thoughtful Guide to Faith and the Why Bother? leaflets. It was organised by the North Oxfordshire local Sea of Faith group

Windross Seminar Poster

Sea of Faith Oxford Conference 2011

Saturday 19 November 2011
“Reinventing Religion”
Friends' Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW

Our principal speakers were Don Cupitt, Katy Jennison and Mohammad Talib

Read a short piece by Katy Jennison 'Invented Gods'

Then read Katy's talk at the Conference 'Reinventing Religion: the Neo-Pagan Experience'

Sea of Faith National Conference 2011

Friday 22 – Sunday 24 July 2011
“Brain, Belief and Behaviour”

The subject of this year’s conference was religion and psychology, getting to the heart of our understanding and appreciation of religion as a human creation, the evolution of our brains, and our behaviour as the earth’s most intelligent species.

Principal speakers were: Professor Colin Blakemore, Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson, Professor Alan Allport and Don Cupitt

Audio CDs of all speakers' plenary talks and workshops are now available to purchase. Purchasing details

Edited transcripts can be found in the September 2011 issue of Sofia magazine (no.101)

Sea of Faith London Conference 2011

In association with the philosophers’ magazine and

Saturday 26 March 2011
‘The Lust for Certainty’

Speakers were: Doctor Kenan Malik, David Boulton, Doctor Julian Baggini and Doctor Mark Vernon

Full speakers' details can be found on the conference website.

A transcript of Kenan Malik's talk is now available on the following link

A 4-disc audio CD set of the conference is now available. Cost per set of 4 discs including P&P is £11 from:

Chris Avis, 37 Clifton Road, Exeter EX1 2BN

Please make your cheque payable to C. Avis, not SoF.

Alternatively, save on stationery and stamp by using Paypal to send £11 to Chris Avis. For Chris Avis' email address to input with your payment on the PayPal site, please contact the Webmaster.

Agenda for Faith re-issued

cover of Agenda For Faith

Stephen Mitchell's original 'Sea of Faith' book, Agenda for Faith, has been re-issued as a free e-book with a new introduction.

Download and read it now!

SOF on Youtube

Take a look at our eclectic collection of on-line audio and video programmes. They mainly focus on the non-realist philosophy of Don Cupitt which informs the Sea of Faith (SoF) network. Some programmes, while not originating with SoF, or being directly about SoF, are relevant and throw some light on the philosophical and religious outlook of many members of the Sea of Faith network.

Dinah Livingstone's book is still available.

“Poetic Tales”

an essay in four chapters

If we regard God or gods and the whole supernatural realm as the rich product of the human imagination, what value can such 'poetic tales' still have for us, once we have discarded the supernatural? The surprising answer is as much as ever. Not only does everyone, atheist or otherwise, need some theology, without which so much of our history and culture remains baffling, but when taken and sifted with what Coleridge called poetic faith, those tales are found to contain treasures of wisdom.

Poetic Tales is subtitled 'Logosofia Down to Earth'. For more than twenty years Coleridge planned a huge work to be called Logosophia but never actually got round to it. This book is not, of course, the one Coleridge would have written. Although its scope has a dash of Coleridgean ambition, it is more a train of thought than a treatise, combining a defence of poetry, a natural theology (with nothing supernatural about it) and a quest for kindness. More...

Available now from the publisher KATABASIS. Download order form right now or get your copy at the conference!

Sofia - The Sea of Faith magazine

Read editorial and articles from the latest edition of Sofia magazine.

Sofia is the magazine of the Sea of Faith Network (UK) and is published quarterly. It is free to all members of the UK network but non-members can also subscribe to the magazine. Further details...

SOF Book

The new SOF book This Life on Earth, edited by Dinah Livingstone, was published at the SOF Conference in Leicester 2009 (21st-23rd July, 2009).

The book contains 176 pages with 38 contributors, 19 women and 19 men. It costs £9.50. Orders by post may be sent to:

Sea of Faith, 3 Belle Grove Place, Spital Tongues, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4LH.

Please send a cheque for £11 (to include postage) made out to 'Sea of Faith'.

This Life on Earth is also available online from

Local Group Blogs...

Sea of Faith has a network of local groups throughout the UK. Everyone is welcome to attend a local group - you don't have to be a member of the national network. Many of the groups have their own publicity sites where you can see their schedule of activities. Click HERE to see the list of groups and links to their sites.

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See the Film!

The Film of the TV series of the book is available as a DVD set at a cost of £12.50 (inc p&p) More...

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