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 2019

Midday Friday 1 November to 16:30 Saturday 2 November 2019

All Souls Church Complex, 30 Church Lane, Merivale, Christchurch

"Transforming Communities:
Finding meaning in a consumption-driven world"

Speakers are:

Bronwyn Hayward, Lloyd Geering Lecture

David Hanna, Hana Olds & Merv Dickinson

Click this link for more details.

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.

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

'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

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.

Members in Ireland attend meetings of the Open Christianity Network.

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

Click this link for 2019 meetings.

Our next meeting is on Monday, 16th Sept.

We will be discussing two books which had considerable impact when they were published over 50 years ago:

'Honest to God' by Bishop John Robinson. SCM Press. Originally published in 1963.

'The Secular City' by Harvey Cox. Originally published in 1965. This is available online at:


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.

Dates for Sea of Faith network Leicester meetings for the rest of 2019 are:

Saturday 28 September

Saturday 23 November

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

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 remaining programme for 2019 will be as follows:

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

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 meeting, on Wednesday September 11th, starts at 7.45pm here at 61 Fordington Road, Highgate, London N6 4TH.

'Is that all there is?'

A discussion on the talks given at the annual Leicester Conference

Transcripts or summaries are about to be published in The September issue of 'Sofia'. Links will follow soon.

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.

Our next meeting is, provisionally, Monday 19th August, 7.30 pm at Hugh & Rosemary's home. (Please check with Oliver).

Last month Hugh gave us a brief report on the Progressive Christianity Network's day conference in London.
He spoke enthusiastically about the contributions of Richard Holloway and Julian Baggini.
We decided that we would take a close look at both in future meetings. We are waiting for the recordings, but meanwhile we have the text of Richard Holloway's address:

Download and read it now!

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.

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

In July we met for our usual summer garden party at the lovely old house and garden of Kit and Cara Bird. A small group but a happy time.

Our next meeting is Monday 12th August 2.30 pm, at Cherrytrees, Charlotte's house in Lower Holbrook.

John Gamlin, who attended this years annual SoF Conference will bring us a full account.

News Contact: Helena Woddis

Convenor: Charlotte Stewart
01473 328039

Further details from Charlotte Stewart:

Wessex Group, Bath

Convenor: Jane Howarth
01672 515670

Our remaining 2019 meetings will be at 2.30 for 2.45 pm :

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 last meeting (at the Heart Centre, Headingley, Leeds at 2pm) was on Saturday 18 May. We welcomed to Yorkshire from Wales our friend Penny Mawdsley, who considered with us the question "Is there a satisfactory Third Way to govern?".

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

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


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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