Welcome to the Nontheist Friends Network (NFN) UK. We are a group of nontheist, (nontheist leaning or sympathetic), or humanist Quakers and the Network exists to provide a forum and supportive framework for Friends (Quakers) and other ‘nontheists’ who regard religion as a human creation. We want to ensure that our Religious Society of Friends is an inclusive rather than an exclusive Society and welcoming to all ‘of any religion or none’.
Membership of the NFN is open to all who sympathise with the aims set out above and who pay the annual membership fee (currently £10). You do not have to be a Quaker, or even a ‘nontheist’ to join. Nor do you have to be a member to attend our events including our monthly meetings or annual Conferences.
There is a wide range of views and beliefs amongst our members and meeting attenders but we are not ‘anti-religious’. Opinions vary (as they do among Quakers generally) about language and words like ‘God’ (or whatever you call it – https://nontheist-quakers.org.uk/2017/03/27/talk-god-or-whatever-you-call-it/), worship, prayer, religion, spirituality, nontheism and so on. You can read much more about this by having a browse around our website, articles, newsletters and documents.
Have a look at our Aims and Constitution. Read about Nontheism (there) and here (and you can look it up on Wikipedia). Read our Frequently asked Questions (FAQ) and about ‘God, words and us’ here, here and here
You can also read an article in The Guardian (online) by Simon Jenkins here.
Use the ‘Search’ function to search the website for anything you might hope to find – it works! If you don’t find what you are looking for, let us know by Comment or Contacts.
You can learn more by reviewing our recent monthly Quaker Meeting and Creative Conversation sessions (audio recordings and transcripts) or coming along to the next session in September.
This is a new, and possibly temporary, home page and our policy is ‘one of continuous improvement’. Comments welcome.