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, or hovering on the edge, of the Christian Church
This will be held on Saturday 10 October 10 2015 Kensington Unitarians' Essex Church, London W8 4RT, 10.15 for 10.45am
'Church Going Forward'
Speakers include Revd Dr Diane Rees
(Women leaders in the CoE have particular understandings of their roles. These construals have been investigated by Revd Dr Diane Rees, who will explain to us the outcomes of her soon-to-be-published research.)
and Revd Meg Burton
(Hospital chaplaincy has changed beyond recognition since last century. Revd Meg Burton, long-time hospital chaplain and co-editor of the international Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy has been in the vanguard of these developments and will describe for us the current model. Meg was the chaplain member of the working group that, in response to concerns about the Liverpool Care Pathway, devised new protocols for end-of-life care, and she will tell us about the considerations underlying these.)
Friday 2 October to Sunday 4 October 2015
Venue: St Cuthbert's College, 122 Market Road, Epsom, Auckland
Subject: 'On the Brink? Responding to an Uncertain Future'
Speakers include: Lloyd Geering, Anjum Rahman, Kennedy Graham, Rod Oram
by Dominic Kirkham
was published by SOF and launched on July 24th 2015 at the SOF Annual Conference.
Copies can be ordered for £10 post-free from :
28 Frederick Road,
Birmingham B15 1JN.
After spending many years in a religious order, Dominic Kirkham describes how he was driven to meet the challenge of modern thinking, an exercise which has proved both freeing and frightening.
He says this has been 'something of a personal odyssey, which now spans a life¨time of over six decades and is still ongoing.'
And he adds: 'The presumption of the book is that this is of more than personal interest because the subject affects everyone; my personal journey will no doubt reflect that of many others.'
In a broad sweep from Neolithic times to the twenty-first century, he considers our human quest for meaning and a good life, and how we can engage in it today.
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:
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:
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.
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.
Being Quaker Now
'Sea of Faith' fellow-traveller, Michael Wright, is Clerk of the Steering Committee of the 'Nontheist Friends Network', a network of Quakers who regard religion as a human creation.
He has written a response to a Theist Quaker academic, Ben Pink Dandelion's lecture and book 'Open for transformation: being Quaker'.
This response, 'Being Quaker now', is available on the following link:
THURSDAY 23RD JULY - SATURDAY 25TH JULY 2015
Venue: the University of Leicester
Subject: 'Out of Our Minds. What Can We Offer Towards a Healthier World?'
Speakers included (click the following link for more detail):
David Boulton, author, journalist and broadcaster; and Andy Pakula, non-theistic Unitarian minister.
FRIDAY 18TH JULY - SUNDAY 21ST JULY 2014
Venue: the University of Leicester
Subject: MAKING CONNECTIONS
The keynote speakers were:
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 worked with us to develop a "Sunday Assembly" to conclude the 2014 Conference.
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
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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