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 2019

The next UK National Sea of Faith Conference will be Tuesday to Friday 23 - 25 July 2019 at Leicester University

Theme and speakers to be announced.

New Zealand Sea of Faith National Conference 2018

Friday 2nd November to Sunday 4th November 2018, Silverstream Retreat

"Religion for a Sustainable Future"

Speakers: Sir Lloyd Geering, Charles Waldegrave, Byron Rangiwai, Barbara Peddle

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.

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

We enjoyed our usual Summer meeting and lunch at Julian and Ann's on 13 August. We finished reading the Dalai Lama's book and had a stimulating discussion on Ethics and the New Genetics!

We have agreed that our next study book will be the "Seven Types of Atheism" by John Gray beginning at our next meeting.

The dates of future meetings are as follows:-

Monday 17 September 2018 At Bryn's house

Friday 26 October 2018 At Jim's house in Redhill (details later)

Monday 26 November 2018 At Julian and Ann's house

Monday 17 December 2018 Christmas Party also at Julian and Ann's house. This is a provisional date to be discussed/agreed 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

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.

The next meeting will be held on Monday 18th September at 6.30pm in St George's, High Street, Belfast.
A discussion of the article "Thoughts on the After Life", which is on the Articles page of the OCN website, will be led by the author.

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 meeting is scheduled for Saturday 13 October

"How do religious figures achieve symbolic status?"

As the highlight of our autumn season we are delighted to be able to welcome Dr Alan Race to take this meeting.
For some background, see our blogspot below

The November meeting is scheduled for:

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

The date for our next meeting:

Saturday 22 September

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!

We look forward to hearing about the Conference from those of our group who attended. Thank you to Ann Eggboro for her notes taken there - they will be a useful aid to discussion.
Penny writes: "I will also be interested to hear of any ideas you might have for a conference theme that would inspire YOU to come!"

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 Wednesday evening, 14 November at 7.30pm at 61 Fordington Road, Highgate, London N6 4TH.

Sofia's re-print of the talks at this year's conference on 'Hope' will be discussed.

We held our Summer lunch meeting of the North London group at 61 Fordington Road, Highgate, London N6 4TH on Saturday 14th July.

Martin Spence gave us a preview of the workshop he will be giving at the Leicester conference on the book, "Hope without Optimism" by Terry Eagleton.

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 Monday 17th September, 7.30 pm at Hugh & Rosemary's home.

Topic: Belief.

In August we had a very interesting discussion on John Gray's latest, "Seven Types of Atheism".

We found that we were generally sympathetic to his conclusion that "contemporary atheism is a continuation of monotheism by other means. Hence the unending succession of God-surrogates, such as humanity and science, technology and the all all-too-human visions of transhumanism.
But there is no need for panic or despair. Belief and unbelief are poses the mind adopts in the face of unimaginable reality.
A godless world is as mysterious as one suffused with divinity, and the difference between the two may be less than you think."

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.

What is the connection between Prayer and Jaffa Cakes? This was the intriguing question posed to members of the Norwich Group at our July meeting entitled "The Paradox of Prayer".

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

Our last meeting was on the 15th August, for a lunchtime summer party in David Barklem's delightful cottage by the river Orwell.

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

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

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