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 National Conference 2018

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

"The Necessity of Hope"

Speakers include:

1. Professor Richard Norman
2. Doctor Anthony Carroll.

The title of their talk will be "Hope, Faith and Redemption"

They are co-editors of "Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide", a book described as "all about dialogue".

Richard Norman is Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Kent, UK

His publications include On Humanism (2nd edition 2012). He is a founder-member of the Humanist Philosophers' Group and a Vice-President of Humanists UK

Anthony Carroll is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Theology at Heythrop College, University of London, UK

His publications include Protestant Modernity: Weber, Secularization, and Protestantism (2007), and he is an Anglican priest.

3. Dinah Livingstone whose talk is entitled "Hope for Humanity - A Theology of Liberation and the Beautiful City".

Dinah is a poet, translator and editor of Sofia.

Her most recent publication is "The Making of Humanity - Poetic Vision and Kindness".

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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 meet at 10.15 for 10.30 on the morning of the third Tuesday of each month; the venue varies as we meet in each other's homes. Members come from a wide area in Hampshire. Anyone interested in joining should ring the Stubbingtons.

Birmingham Group

Convenor: Stephen Williams
07875 574581

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

In May our theme was Hope and its music. Hope comes into play where knowledge fails us and implies uncertainty and fuzziness. Music can take us into that area by moving beyond and enriching words. Combining words and music in a discussion was not easy, but if we can manage it there could be a conference workshop there somewhere.

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

Our next meeting is this coming Monday 2 July 2018 at Pat's flat in Trinity Rise, SW2 at the usual time of 10.15 am.
We will be studying Chapter 7 of the Dalai Lama's book entitled "Towards a Science of Consciousness" Pages 149 to 170.

Subsequent meetings have been arranged for:

Monday 13 August (our Summer Lunch) at Ann and Julian's house;

Monday 17 September at Bryn?s house and Friday 26 October at Jim's house in Redhill.

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

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

We meet on Saturday afternoons in the Garden Room at the Unitarian Great Meeting Chapel in East Bond Street (LE1 4SX).

We 'gather' at 2.00pm when drinks are available, with the meeting running from 2.30 - 4.30pm.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday 18 August

Future meetings are scheduled for:

Saturday 13 October

Saturday 17 November

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

We have fixed dates for our next two meetings:

Saturdays 16 June and 22 September

- both 1pm to 4.30pm at Apartment 906, One Park West, 31 Strand Street, Liverpool L1 8LP.

Our next meeting is on Saturday 16th June, apartment 906, One Park West, 31 Strand Street, Liverpool L1 8LP, 1-4.30pm, but by all means bring a bite of lunch to eat arriving any time from 12noon onwards

Ann Jones will talk to us in September (the 22nd)

Visitors welcome, but please contact Penny (see above) for directions and access to the flat!

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

We will be holding our Summer lunch meeting of the North London group at 61 Fordington Road, Highgate, London N6 4TH on Saturday 14th July , starting at 11.00am and then having a shared lunch.

Martin Spence has agreed to do a preview of the workshop he will be giving at the Leicester conference on the book, "Hope without Optimism" by Terry Eagleton. Only a few of us are able to go to the conference this year, so it will be very interesting to hear Martin, have the chance to discuss it and have a link to the national SOF conference a couple of weeks later.

We will be finishing with lunch so please bring a contribution to the lunch. Janet and John will provide wine and soft drinks.

Chris Avis has produced DVDs of the whole of our last two London Conferences. For details on how to purchase, click on this link.

Convenor: Janet Seargeant
020 8883 8595

North Oxfordshire Group

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

May 21st - Marketing Religion?

In May, our discussion was stimulated by an article in The Guardian in which Simon Jenkins was commenting on some proposed amendments to Quaker Faith and Practice that were being discussed at the recent Friends' Yearly Meeting. Not surprisingly, it resulted in a stream of bizarre comments beneath the article, but also in some thoughtful contributions to the letters page. One of them, from David Jennings, was on the difference between the selling and marketing of religion.

June 18th -What is belief?

Details of future meetings 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 remain as keen as ever.

Our April meeting considered whether the "Original Jesus was a Pagan God" based on the book thus subtitled by Timothy Freke.

For full details of place, date and time of future meetings, please contact Carol (below for details):

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

John Mann has contacted Dayasara from the Triratna Buddhist Centre, in Ipswich, and he has said that he could come to our SoF meeting on Tuesday 19th June and will discuss with us 'The Idea of God'.

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

At our last meeting on the 13th May, David Warden, Chair of Dorset Humanists, helped us think through how Humanism and SoF relate.

The Wessex Group will meet again on 23 September at the Friends' Meeting House, Bradford-on-Avon at 2.30 for 2.45pm.

Following feedback from the June Conference we shall watch extracts from the DVD 'Who Am I? The religious identity of young people'.

This DVD is a record of a study day held at Slough Grammar School and introduced by Emeritus Professor Eleanor Nesbitt. The young people, from many different ethnicities and faiths, discuss very openly the various ways that their religious background affects their sense of identity.

Contact Jane for details of future meetings which are all at the Friends' Meeting House Bradford on Avon BA15 1JU at 2.30 for 2.45pm. (contact Jane Howarth for more details)

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 have no mid-summer meeting (several of us are heading to conference) but shall reconvene in Leeds on 15 September.

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.

Dates for the rest of 2018:

Sept 15th: The Ontology of Women - Anna Sutcliffe

Nov 10th: Music and Spirituality - David Arthur

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

Humanists UK

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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