What's On

This calendar lists events by SoF or other organisations where the focus is on exploring progressive or non-traditional approaches to religion and interfaith dialogue. Please email  the webmaster  if you would like to suggest other events that should be listed here.

Sea Of Faith Activities

New Zealand Sea of Faith National Conference 2017

Monday 6th November to Wednesday 8th November 2017, Silverstream

"Reformation 2.0, Luther lit a fuse, what happens next?"

Speakers: Lloyd Geering, Rachel Kohn, Sue Bradford and Hal Taussig

It is 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg.
What are the reforming initiatives today?
What needs to be discarded, challenged, or radically renewed?

Click on this link for further details and registration form

Sea of Faith National Conference 2018

The next UK National Sea of Faith Conference will be on 24 - 26 July 2018 at Leicester University

Speakers and topics will appear here when confirmed

Sea Of Faith Local Groups

Alton Group

The Alton Group is part of the Hampshire Hub which runs local meetings jointly with 'pcn britain'.

See Hampshire Groups below.

Convenors: John & Valerie Stubbington
01730 825398

We are still a lively group of ten, meeting in one or other member's house, once a month on the third Tuesday morning of each month.

Our group's next meeting will be on 17th October.

For more details please contact John or Valerie.

Birmingham Group

Convenor: Stephen Williams
07875 574581

The group usually meets on the third Thursday of the month at 24 Frederick Road, Edgbaston.

Some of us wanted the opportunity to re-read Dilwar Hussain's talk:

Being Human: Moving beyond Identity Politics by Dilwar Hussain

and we will come back to this at our next meeting on 19 October.

We'll also hear from those who will have been to the Greta Vosper weekend at Carrs Lane Church, and we'll be thinking about what we want from the 2018 conference.

After that we meet on 16 November, topic to be agreed.

Meetings on the third Thursday of each month alternate with evening meetings (7.30p.m.) on even-numbered months and lunchtime meetings (mid-day) on the odd-numbered months.

For more information, contact Stephen Williams

Cambridge Group

For details of future meetings, contact Andrew Brown

Contact details:

Revd Andrew Brown


Memorial Church (Unitarian)
Emmanuel Road
01223 576952
07950 184421


Croydon Group

We had a rigorous discussion of Chapters 7 and 8 of Shirley du Boulay's book, 'A Silent Melody', at our last meeting on 29 September, although some considered 'Shamanism' as a load of baloney!

We decided to study two chapters (9 and 10) at our next meeting in October and these will cover 'Double Belonging' and 'Biography'.

We have arranged the next three meetings on Mondays. The dates are as follows:-

Monday 23 October at Colin's house in Chipstead

Monday 27 November at Ann and Julian's house

Monday 18 December at Bryn's house in West Wickham. This will be our Bring and Share Christmas lunch. Details later.

For details and addresses of our meetings, please contact Colin Edgerton

Email Colin for more details: colin.edgerton@ntlworld.com

A past meeting at Julian and Ann's home in South Croydon, was a fascinating report on their 'Tanzania Development Trust' charity. Do have a look:


Hampshire Group - Hampshire Hub

The Hampshire Group - Hampshire runs local meetings jointly with 'pcn britain'. Click this link for full details of 'pcn britain' events

Our two SOF/PCN groups reconvened after the summer break in late September.

The A27 Book Club is now in its thirteenth year. This year's book is "Is a Radical Church Possible?" by Adrian Alker, the current Chair of PCN.

It normally meets on the fourth Tuesday morning of each month at various venues close to the A27 between Romsey and Fareham. There are currently twelve members.

The Southsea Group normally meets each month on the fourth Thursday.

The eleven members gather to eat their packed lunches from midday in the Southsea home of the regular host couple. The business starts about 1.00pm and concludes by about 2.30.

The topics for discussion vary from month to month, and the presentations often feature DVDs/CDs of national SOF/PCN meetings.
In October recordings of poetry lover Mark Oakley will be played. The on-going saga of the Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada's inquiry into the suitability for ministry in the Church of Rev Greta Vosper, has often featured in recent months.

Sadly the West Hampshire branch of the Scientific and Medical Network has folded. The meetings in Lymington used to attract several SOF/PCN members and supporters.

There is another series of "Space in the City" talks in Winchester, organized by the local churches, this autumn.
The topic is "The Common Good". The venue is the United Church in Jewry Street. The dates are five consecutive Wednesdays between 11 October and 8 November, 12.30 to 1.00pm.

Another Hampshire Group is the Alton Group (see above)

Convenor: Martin Godfrey

Location: Hampshire

Region: South East England

Phone: 023 8076 6312

Email: martin.godfrey@pcnbritain.org.uk

Ipswich Group, now the Suffolk Group

The Ipswich group is now called the Suffolk Group (see 'Suffolk Group', below, for details)

All meetings at 7.30 pm

Ireland Group

St. George's, High Street, Belfast.

The Northern Group of the Open Christianity Network usually meets at 6.30pm in St George's, High Street, Belfast.

Some of us meet at 5pm for a meal at the Morning Star, Pottinger's Entry. All welcome.

For more details of our next meeting, contact Peter Gibson email:mandpgibson @ yahoo.co.uk

Leicester Group

The Leicester Group has re-launched with a smart new venue in the centre of Leicester. We now meet on Saturday afternoons in the Garden Room at the Unitarian Great Meeting Chapel in East Bond Street (LE1 4SX). We 'gather' at 2.00 when drinks are available, with the meeting running from 2.30 - 4.30.

The final Sea of Faith network Leicester meeting for 2017 is on: Saturday 25 November (Note the date change - a week later than previously advertised.)

Keep on eye on the website for details of speakers, topics and possible date alterations.

For details click on our blogsite link below.

Convenor: Allan Hayes
Secretary: Janet Carpenter
Leicester Group blogmaster: Peter White

Contact details are found in the following blogsite:

Blogsite http://sofn-leicester.blogspot.com

Merseyside and North Wales Group

Contact: Penny Mawdsley 11 Banc y Chwarel, Bodfari, Denbigh, LL16 4DJ 01745 710464 penny.mawdsley@btinternet.com

The date for our next meeting is Saturday 9 December, 1.00 - 4.30pm, at apartment 906, One Park West, 31 Strand Street, Liverpool 1 8LP.
All welcome (gathering any time from 12 noon for meeting between 1.00 - 4.30pm).

Our agreed theme for this meeting is to follow Norwich Group's lead and hold a Pot Luck session where we each bring a slip of paper with us bearing a possible topic for discussion to drop into a hat. This we would dip into and pick from it 4 or 5 suggestions. We thought that the (mainly topical) suggestions that had been discussed by Norwich Group looked most interesting.

At our following meeting we hope to have sorted out the technology for downloading and showing the Peter Armstrong film.

The producer, Peter Armstrong, brings the 'Sea of Faith' story up to date here.

North East England Group

Contact Bobbie for details:

Convenor: Bobbie Stevens Wright
59 Olympia gardens, Morpeth, NE61 1JQ
01670 519458

North West England Group

Future Meetings

The North West England Group is taking a Sabbatical until further notice.

Convenor: Ann Eggboro
32 Victoria Avenue, Grappenhall, Warrington, WA4 2PD


North London Group

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 6 December at 61 Fordington Road, London N6 4TH, starting at the earlier time of 7.00 pm.

The meeting will be led by our member, Steve Regis, who will talk about Mind in relation to information/communication under the title 'Mind the Gap'.

Our New Year lunch meeting will be on Saturday January 27 starting at 11.00 am at 61 Fordington Road with a shared lunch after the meeting.

Chris Avis has produced a DVD of the whole of our London Conference in March. For details on how to purchase, click on this link.

Convenor: Janet Seargeant
020 8883 8595

North Oxfordshire Group

Our next one will be on Monday 16th October - What can we say about the past, what can we hope for the future?

We normally meet on the 3rd Monday of every month.

Meetings after October 16th will be:
November 13th - First discussion of Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind
December 11th - Mulled wine, mince pies and a shared experience.

Oliver says, "At our last meeting I suggested that it might be fruitful to spend some time looking at two recent books by Yuval Noah Harari - Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. These are both quite substantial, about 400 pages each, so it was not proposed that we should tackle both straight away or that we could do justice to either in one evening; we are hoping to make a start in November with a discussion on some of his broader, and most controversial, assertions about the early history of humanity is the first half of Sapiens."

further details from Oliver, sofn.northoxford@gmail.com

Blogsite http://sofnorthoxon.blogspot.com

Norwich Group

The Norwich group continues to meet monthly with a regular attendance of about 10.
Members' thirst for new insights and enthusiasm for lively debate remains as keen as ever.

At our July meeting we held a 'pot luck' session as suggested by one of our members.

Details of the next meeting in September (date, time and place) can be obtained from Carol Palfrey. One of our members will be talking about 'Spiritual Anarchy'.

Convenor: Carol Palfrey
Solar Vis, Happisburgh, Norwich, NR12 0QU
01692 650442

Oxford Group

The Sea of Faith in Oxford usually met at the Friends Meeting House 43 St Giles. The Group is currently taking a Sabbatical.

Blogsite http://sofn-oxford.blogspot.com

Suffolk Group

The Suffolk SoF group met on 19 September. Charlotte writes:

"We met to discuss Don Cupitt's book "The Sea of Faith". For many of us this book, and the eponymous Television series, had been our introduction to these ideas of the history of the World Faiths, the development of Christianity, and the loosening of its grip through the development of science. And for some of us, the permission SoF gave to question the status quo. It was a good meeting; as always there were as many opinions and ideas as people!

"It left us with the feeling that the SoF is as much needed as ever and indeed needs to expand its influence. Despite the apparent 'de-religioning' of society, we were all pleased to have somewhere to go where we could discuss freely without censure, matters of Faith and Practice. We determined to look further at Don Cupitt's writings. And at our next meeting we will watch the film we saw at this year's Conference, "The Quest goes on", about the making of the TV series and the development of the Sea of Faith since then".

Next meeting Tuesday 17 October at 7.30pm, in Charlotte and Gavin Stewart's house. Telephone 01473 328039 for instructions if you haven't been before.

For the 'when' and 'where' of our meetings,contact Helena or Charlotte

News Contact: Helena Woddis

Convenor: Charlotte Stewart
01473 328039

Further details from Charlotte Stewart:

Wessex Group, Bath

Convenor: Jane Howarth
01672 515670

On 24 September we began our meeting by remembering Janet Jones, who died on 10th June. Janet, who had lectured at Bath University, was a longstanding member of SoF and an early convenor of Wessex group.

Following a brief account of the Leicester Conference we enjoyed a discussion introduced by Kevin Tingay about non-realist ritual. Kevin stretched the meaning of the word ritual to encompass other activities such as drama that also illustrate meaning and values. Some of us struggled with this but it certainly illustrated the fact that a good ritual should achieve these aims. We agreed that repetition could reduce the impact of ritual.

Future meetings will be on 26 November, 11 March and 13 May, all at the Friends' Meeting House Bradford on Avon BA15 1JU at 2.30 for 2.45pm.

Please note our new meeting place:

Quaker Meeting House, 1 Whiteheads Lane, just off Silver Street, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1JU.

Car parks and a station are within about 10 minutes walk.

For more details and directions to the Friends' Meeting House, please contact Jane, the Wessex Group co-ordinator, by e-mail: sofn.wessex@gmail.com

Yorkshire Group

We next meet on Saturday 4 November, again in Leeds (at the Headingley Heart Centre at 1330 for 1400h), when our erstwhile convenor, Carol Sherrard, will promote discussion about Believing Scientists. Dates for 2018 will be set at this meeting. Come and join us if you can be in Leeds that day.

The address is the Heart Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN (in the Granby Room, ground floor usually - but check in Reception on the day).
The Heart Centre is a very pleasant venue with its own very good cafe.

Contact: Carol Sherrard
1 Carnoustie Grove, Bingley BD16 1QF
01274 560283; Mob & Text 07810 682266


Blogsite http://sofn-yorks.blogspot.com

Other Events (non-SOFN)

Progressive Christianity Network Britain

An interesting programme of events

Free To Believe

Another interesting programme of events

The British Humanist Association

Another interesting programme of events

Conway Hall Ethical Society

Another interesting programme of events

Faversham Stoa

Faversham Stoa is a pub philosophy discussion group. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7.30 to 9.30pm in the The Bull in Tanners Street, Faversham, Kent,

Faversham Stoa's programme of events

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