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.

Non-Sea Of Faith Activity

Last year's Sea of Faith Conference looked at 'Hope' with the editors of 'Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide'

Continue this exploration with:

The Progressive Christianity Network Britain

Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide?

London Day Conference, Saturday 8 June 2019, 11.00am - 4.00pm

The French Protestant Church of London, Soho Square, London W1D 3QD

Speakers: Julian Baggini, Fiona Ellis, Harriet Harris, Richard Holloway

Click this link for more details.


Sea Of Faith Activities


Sea of Faith National Conference 2019

Tuesday to Thursday, 23 - 25 July, 2019 at Leicester University

"Is That All There is?"

Speakers include:

Guest speaker: the rev. Ernie Rea, presenter of Radio 4's discussion series "Beyond Belief".

Guest speaker: Avril Robarts. Her presentation is entitled "This and That: A life of perplexed practice with emphasis on Indian tradition".

In-house speaker: A past SOFN Chairman and current Treasurer, Stephen Williams, former Deputy Chief Probation Officer for the West Midlands.
Topic: "Justice Through the Looking Glass".

Click on this link for further details

Click this link for booking form


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
john.stubbington@btinternet.com

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.

For more information, contact Stephen Williams


Cambridge Group

For details of future meetings, contact Andrew Brown

Contact details:

Revd Andrew Brown

http://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/

Minister
Memorial Church (Unitarian)
Emmanuel Road
Cambridge
CB1 1JW
01223 576952
07950 184421

http://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/


Croydon Group

'If you are reading this, maybe you are looking for an open-minded discussion group for friendly, unbiased people.

The 'Croydon' group brings together people from South London, Croydon and North Surrey.
Loosely affiliated to SOF, we have members from varied backgrounds and attitudes with regard to religion and life stances.


We like new members and anyone interested is welcome to join or to try us out. We normally meet monthly in each other's homes over tea/coffee, although twice a year we have a bring and share lunch.

In part of our meeting we usually discuss a book we are reading. Currently this is John Gray's 'Seven Kinds of Atheism', a brilliantly written small book beginning with the startling line "Contemporary atheism is a flight from a godless world".

The convener is Colin Edgerton. You can contact him at colin.edgerton@ntlworld.com or 01737 211028.

Blogsite http://sofn-croydon.blogspot.co.uk/


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

Members in Ireland attend meetings of the Open Christianity Network.

A meeting was held on Monday 28th January at 6.30pm in St George's, High Street, Belfast.

We discussed "Wanting" a novel by "John Young", about how unaccountability promotes Careerism in the Church - the opposite of the Christian calling.

The novel is being published, chapter by chapter, on the website "Forever! Jonah is Coming!" "John Young's" intention is to complete this story - on a positive note - in time for the Summit of Catholic Bishops in Rome in February 2019.

We were pleased that the author attended the meeting and contributed to our discussion.

Click this link for his reflection on our meeting.

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

The OCN website has recently been updated at: www.ocnireland.com.

It includes "The Omega Course: how to be a Christian without believing things that are unlikely to be true".

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 gathering will be on 23rd March when Dr Angela Jagger will speak about the teaching of Religious Studies at The Open University

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

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

By all means bring a bite of lunch to eat arriving any time from 12 noon onwards. Visitors welcome, but please contact Penny (see above) for directions and access to the flat!


Our programme for 2019 will be as follows:

Our next meeting is on March 2nd. Carol Palfrey, kindly visiting us from Norfolk, will be introducing us to the seminal C17th philosopher, Baruch Spinoza.

It would be brilliant to see a full turn-out of members - and visitors too! If you aren't a 'regular' please 'phone Penny for directions and access arrangements to the flat.

22 June - 'Post-Atheist Humanism' with Martin Spence;

14 September - 'Three 20th Century Monks - Bede Griffiths, Thomas Merton and Teilhard de Chardin' with Ros Werner;

30 November - '10 years as lay leader of a liberal faith community' with David Buckley.


North East England Group

Contact Bobbie for details:

Convenor: Bobbie Stevens Wright
59 Olympia gardens, Morpeth, NE61 1JQ
01670 519458
bobbie@olympiag.freeserve.co.uk


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

ann.eggboro@hotmail.co.uk


North London Group

Our next meeting will be Wednesday evening, 8 May at 7.30pm at 61 Fordington Road, Highgate, London N6 4TH.

Sofia's Spring edition will have an article on the history of the thought of Don Cupitt. This will form the basis of our discussion.

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
jseargeant3@gmail.com


North Oxfordshire Group

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

Monday 18th February, 7.30 pm at Hugh & Rosemary's home

Past Perfect - an opportunity to discuss some of the ideas in Stephen Mitchell's new book.

March 18th - What is Philosophy For?

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.

The topic considered by our January meeting was the religious development of children.

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
c.palfrey@keme.co.uk


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

We had a nice relaxed meeting in December, Christmas refreshments, lots of reminiscences, and memories of the past year's meetings. We have not met in January because of illness but are about to plan our February and March meetings.

News Contact: Helena Woddis
Helenawoddis025@btinternet.com

Convenor: Charlotte Stewart
01473 328039
charlottestewart716@gmail.com

Further details from Charlotte Stewart:
charlottestewart716@gmail.com


Wessex Group, Bath

Convenor: Jane Howarth
01672 515670

Our 2019 meetings will be:

10th March
12th May
22nd September
24th November

Please note our regular 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

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.

Our next meeting is on Saturday 2 March. Nicholas Bielby will help us get to grips with the libretto of Brahms' German Requiem. Make the journey! - come and join us.

The remainder of our Programme for 2019 will be as follows:

18 May. Penny Maudsley: Is there a satisfactory Third Way to govern?

23-25 July. SoF Network Annual Conference (Leicester University): Is That All There Is?

28 September. Revisiting: members' reports on the impact of a book read again

16 November. Anna Sutcliffe - Religious Imagery: its nature and effects

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

c.sherrard@btopenworld.com

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


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