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

Sea of Faith 30th Annual National Conference 2017

Tuesday 25th July to Thursday 27th July 2017, Leicester University


Speakers: Abby Day, Dilwar Hussain and Richy Thompson

Further details coming soon on this link

Sea of Faith London Conference 2017

'In the Beginning was the Word' - Religion as Poetry and Story?

Saturday 25th March 2017

St John's Church, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY

Main Speakers:

Mark Oakley: Canon-Chancellor, St Paul's Cathedral

"Believing in Poetry"

Dinah Livingstone: editor, 'sofia' magazine

"Shining - Poetry and Theology as Sister Arts"

Salley Vickers: novelist and poet

"Connections between Art, Literature, Psychology and Religion."

Salley Vicker's talk will be repeated at Westminster Abbey, Thursday 11 May 6.30pm as the 32nd Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture: "Faith and Imagination"

A Conference DVD recording is being prepared by Chris Avis. When available, we will inform you on this site.

Transcripts will also be published in the next issue of our 'sofia' magazine

A Non-Sea of Faith event 13 May 2017

Progressive Christianity Network Britain

The second Marcus Borg Memorial Lecture:
"How I Became a Heretic - with Help from Jesus"
Dr Robin Meyers

For full details, click this link

Another Non-Sea of Faith event 15-18 May 2017

The 2017 'Free to Believe' Reading Party

"NOT IN GOD?S NAME" by Jonathan Sacks

Led by David Peel, former Principal of Northern College

For more detail, click this link and scroll down the page

Sea Of Faith Local Groups

Alton Group

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

click this link for details of the next Alton Group meeting.

See Hampshire Groups below.

Convenor: Stephanie Morgan
01730 825398

Birmingham Group

Convenor: David Belcher
01902 750903
0121 242 3953

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

At our January Meeting, we spent some time discussing the prospects for 2017 in the double context of Brexit and Trump.
If there was a conclusion, it was that our host was overly pessimistic!
Most of the evening was given to a discussion of a text entitled The Christian Middle Way: The case against Christian belief but for Christian faith. introduced by its author, Robert Ellis.

For those who might be interested to follow this up, Robert's Web site is at: http://www.robertmellis.net

In February, we are hoping to learn something more about Islam in UK.

For more information, contact David Lambourn.

Cambridge Group

For details of future meetings, contact Andrew Brown (see the following blogsite or contact Andrew by phone:)


Contact details:

Revd Andrew Brown


Memorial Church (Unitarian)
Emmanuel Road
01223 576952
07950 184421




Croydon Group

The dates of future meetings:

Monday 20 March at Tom's house. We have one final, quite short, chapter of Mona Siddiqui's book, 'My Way', to study which we shall do at this meeting. Plus we'll reflect on some of the more general themes which have emerged from her stimulating book.
Wednesday 26 April at Julian and Ann's house. Julian hopes to have prepared a Powerpoint presentation for us on his and Ann's recent trip to Tanzania.
Monday 22 May at Colin's house. We plan to start discussing Shirley du Boulay's book, 'A Silent Melody'.

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 the Hub and the different Group meetings

Convenor: Martin Godfrey

Location: Hampshire

Region: South East England

Phone: 023 8076 6312

Email: martin.godfrey@pcnbritain.org.uk

Hertfordshire Group

N.B New Group Administrator: John Chisholm

Please contact John Chisholm, group administrator:
email: john.chisholm4@ntlworld.com

or contact SOF webmaster by email for phone number.

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.

For more details, 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.

Anyone who is able to join us for our next meeting on 18th March (topic: Think Globally, Act Locally; speaker David Paterson) will be most welcome.

For details see our blogsite.

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

The date for our next meeting (nor for our proposed day conference) is not yet confirmed as major renovation work on the underground line between the Wirral and James Street Station is causing serious disruption at weekends between January and June.
Bus services from the Wirral do not call at the bus terminus near the flat where we habitually meet and would mean a considerable walk to our venue for Wirral members.
When we do meet again we plan to re-run what was planned for our December meeting, because not everyone could make that meeting and we didn't get around to hearing from everybody who was there.

Contact Penny Mawdsley, 01745 710464:

Email: penny.mawdsley@btinternet.com

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 North London Sea of Faith meeting will be our London Conference, Saturday, 25 March, 2017, 10.30 for 11.00am to 4.30pm

'In the Beginning was the Word' - Religion as Poetry and Story?

St John's Church, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY

Main Speakers:

Mark Oakley: Canon-Chancellor, St Paul's Cathedral

"Believing in Poetry"

Dinah Livingstone: editor, 'sofia' magazine

"Shining - Poetry and Theology as Sister Arts"

Salley Vickers: novelist and poet

"Connections between Art, Literature, Psychology and Religion."

(For more details and a booking form, download this PDF brochure)

Convenor: Janet Seargeant
020 8883 8595

North Oxfordshire Group

Monday 20th February, 7.30 pm at Hugh & Rosemary's home

Our next meeting is on 20th February - we will considering the role of the contemplative life, prayer and mediation.

Unfortunately we have had to postpone our one day conference planned for March 11th, but we are determined to go ahead with it later in the year - watch out for details.

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.

The topic for January was 'Equality'. Discussion ranged widely covering philosophy, anthropology, biology, sociology, psychology, history, politics and religion as well as everyday practical concerns and other miscellaneous aspects which only a Sea of Faith Group could come up with!. Gender proved the area of greatest fascination, particularly as the definition of gender is so much less clear than in the past.
The topic for our next meeting - in March - will be 'Atheist Spirituality'. For full details, please contact Carol.

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 next meeting is on Tuesday 14th February at Charlotte and Gavin Stewart's, Cherrytrees, Lower Holbrook, IP9 2RJ, Tel: 01473 328039, at 7.30 pm.

We are going to watch the DVD of some of R.S. Thomas's poems with accompanying photographs of rural Wales. This is called "Etched by Silence", and was shown in two early morning sessions at last year's annual SoF Conference in Leicester.

News Contact: Helena Woddis

Convenor: Charlotte Stewart
01473 328039

Further details from Charlotte Stewart:

Wessex Group, Bath

Convenor: Jane Howarth
01672 515670

Our next two meetings will be on Sunday, March 12, 2017 and Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 2.30pm.

The subject for March 12 will be:

'What do we want from our Funeral?' Ideas for funerals of people (and animals?)

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

8th April at the Heart Centre (Granby Room, ground floor).

All dates are Saturdays, the sessions opening at 1.30 for 2pm.
All will be in the Granby Room, ground floor of the Heart Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6.
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


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

Registered charity number 1113177
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