Time to book and Newsletter

The (more or less final) programme for the 2020 NFN Conference at Friends’ House is now available on the website (Please see the Home/Conference page).

We also have a December Newsletter (this version is very slightly different from the two emailed to members a week or so ago) which has a few additional details about the conference.  Please note in particular the point about emailing David Boulton if you would like to express an interest in sharing your own understanding or experience of “spirit” and “spirituality”, or giving a brief account of your own spiritual journey, at the Conference.

There is an article about nontheism and correspondence in The Friend, an article by Piers Maddox about being ‘A humanistic Quaker’, and an article about our good Friend (and NFN member) John Lynes preparing to defend himself at his trial after his arrest during the Extinction Rebellion blockade at Dover Docks in the summer.

Please note too that we really would like some new members on the Steering Group if NFN is to continue in something like its present form or organise further conferences.

Now (at just £50!) is the time to book for the conference (28-29 March 2020) – or maybe it would make a nice Christmas present! (Quakers don’t do that do they?).

The Conference fee includes Saturday evening dinner and Sunday lunch but not accommodation in London if that is required:
The Penn Club are offering a special discount to Friends attending the conference. Book before January 31st to avail of the discount. To book call The Penn Club on 020 7636 4718 or email: office@pennclub.co.uk and quote non-theist conference. Space is limited and subject to availability. (I think booking before Christmas would be highly advisable TB)
(Our clerk, Gisela, negotiated this to Penn Club members’ rates and believes a single starts around £85, including a very good breakfast.)

Gisela also recommends the Bedford (single £102, double £138) and the Tavistock (single £91, double £117) Hotels, both within 10 minutes walking distance from Friends House and often used by Friends’ committees. (See https://www.imperialhotels.co.uk) They do give discounts for group bookings of more than 10 people. So if anyone feels able to take that in hand, you are welcome!
(There are cheaper, or more expensive, options but it would be as well to book soon).

3 thoughts on “Time to book and Newsletter”

  1. I was curious that, in the newsletter, Piers Maddox seemed to be suggesting the Buddha is, in some way, something more than a person. My understanding is that the Buddha was a prince who attained enlightenment and then became a teacher; that is, he was always a person and nothing more than that.

    Like Piers, I do draw similarities between the Buddha and Jesus, but, rather than divesting either of the person, I see both as enlightened teachers, with guidance that may help each of us to progress our own spiritual development.

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  2. We understand that the Penn Club may now be fully booked.
    Apart from the hotel links given above, try https://booking.com/ – sort by price (lowest first). They have some double rooms within 2.5 miles of Euston or Tavistock Square from about £40 and you can work your way up to as much as you want to pay!

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  3. Our clerk, Gisela, has confirmed:
    I have today (7 January) confirmed with the Penn club that they still have plenty of accommodation, concession rates for people attending the conference are £81 for standard room and I think £75 for budget room. .

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