Peter Rollins with Katharine Sarah Moody and George Elerick
Three young emerging church 'post-modern' theologians/philosophers
Peter Rollins, a leading radical theologian from the UK, says that the church needs to stop selling God as the answer to our doubt and uncertainty. "You can't be satisfied; life is difficult; you don't know the secret. Stop selling God as the answer!"
The Conference includes the following sessions:
"Five Minutes to Get Out: Towards a Theology of the Earth"
"Dealing with Christian Materialism"
"Figures of Transgression: The Trickster, the Cynic and the Fool"
Churches are the New Facism: "Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution."
"Church as Reconciliation to Nothingness"
"The Vanishing Act of God: Christianity as a Magic Trick"
"Mayhem in the Name of"
"Domesticating Monsters: Why the Church doesn't need Missions"
"Subversive Practices: Designing De-Centering Technologies"
Conference organiser, Paul Onslow of PCN says: "Christianity is undergoing a revolution as important as Copernicus discovering we are not at the centre of the universe. Peter is deconstructing long held assumptions that we Christians fear to let go. He invites us to speak of God in new ways. The age old distinctions between theism and atheism are no longer the issue."
From SCM, Debbie White adds "Christianity and the Church are at a crossroads - do we stick to the same way of doing things or change course? Students can play a defining role in shaping the future, and this conference will be a fantastic opportunity to grapple with that question and find new and interesting approaches to faith."
A Reasonable Faithre-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.
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).
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
As a registered religious education charity, the 'Sea of Faith Network UK' has a keen interest in the teaching of RE. The Network is a new member of the RE Council:
Our own online resource for RE teachers and Leaders of Religion and Philosophy Clubs, Sea of Faith 'Solarity' Resources, can be found on the following link:
Another excellent online resource for RE teachers, RE Online, can be found on the following link:
Agenda for Faithre-issued
Stephen Mitchell's original 'Sea of Faith' book, Agenda for Faith, has been re-issued as a free e-book with a new introduction.
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.
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:
157 Russell Road, Moseley,
BIRMINGHAM B13 8RR
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...
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...
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 Amazon.co.uk
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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