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:

Professor Richard Norman, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Kent and Vice-President of Humanists UK.

He is co-editor with Anthony Carroll of "Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide", a book he describes as all about Dialogue.

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

Dinah is editor of Sofia and a member of the London group. 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 are still a lively group of ten, meeting in one or other member's house, once a month on the third Tuesday morning of each month.

For more details please contact John or Valerie.

Birmingham Group

Convenor: Stephen Williams
07875 574581

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

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

In January, we talked more about the value of nuance and the pressure to adopt polarised positions. In part that is about the difference between being in a small group where people trust each other and can play with ambiguity and metaphor, and, being in a larger organisation where there is an assumption of coherence and consistency.

We have agreed to return to this at our February meeting looking at how the kind of ideas that characterise SOF can be developed on a larger scale; and to do this in the context of Hope!

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 on Monday 26 February 2018 at Tom's house. We will study Chapter 3 of the Dalai Lama's book on "Emptiness, Relativity and Quantum Physics" which is some 30 pages long.

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

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.

Our next meeting is on 24 March: 2.00 for 2.30 at The Garden Room.

"Celebranting, language & reality", a talk and discussion led by Simon Mapp

For details click on our blogsite link below.

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 is Saturday 17 March, 1.00 - 4.30pm, at apartment 906, One Park West, 31 Strand Street, Liverpool 1 8LP.
All welcome (gathering any time from 12 noon for meeting between 1.00 - 4.30pm).

At our next meeting (on Saturday 17 March) we hope to show Peter Armstrong's 2017 film about the development of the Sea of Faith Network from its inception following Don Cupitt's 1980s TV series.

The producer, Peter Armstrong, brings the 'Sea of Faith' story up to date here.

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 on Wednesday 2 May at 61 Fordington Road, London N6 4TH, starting at the earlier time of 7.00 pm.

At our Saturday lunch meeting on 27 January we were delighted that Simon Mapp, deputy chair of the Sea of Faith Trustees, was able to come to talk about and lead a workshop on Wittgenstein. After the meeting we had lunch together.

Our next meeting, on Wednesday 2 May at 7.00pm, will be a magazine evening, so please bring something, a reading, piece of music, ideas that you would like to present and discuss.

Chris Avis has produced a DVD of the whole of our London Conference in March. 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.

We continue to meet on the 3rd Monday of every month - weather permitting. Heavy snow led to the cancellation of our traditional 'mulled wine and mince pies' meeting in December, but we met in January and our next meetings are on 19th of February and 19th of March.

19 February meeting, 7.30pm, at Hugh and Rosemary's home: "What's on offer for Lent?"

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 problem of finding a new venue has been resolved and we shall therefore have a March meeting, the subject of which will be Spinoza.

For full details of place, date and time, 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

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

Future meetings will be on 11 March and 13 May, 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 next meet on Saturday 24 March, again in Leeds.

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.

At our meeting on 27 January, members provided a miscellany of items on the theme of "Celebration". Poetry gave pause for thought and comment and we considered christening and birthday celebrations as well as those focused on the seasons of the natural world.

Anna Sutcliffe contributed some thoughts about the proposed conference subject "Hope", and then we marked her recent ninetieth birthday with tea and cake.

Our meetings are in the Granby Room except on 24 March, when (to facilitate film projection) we shall be in the Buckingham Room next door.

We will view "The Sea of Faith - The Quest Goes On", Peter Armstrong's follow-up to his original BBC film series - the Network's starting point.

Some of us plan to go on afterwards to a performance of Bach's "St John Passion" at Leeds Town Hall. As ever, we'd welcome anyone who can join us.

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

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

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