A listing of conferences and events past, present and future.

Future Events

Our monthly Meeting for Worship and Creative Conversation are on the first Thursday of the month. Zoom opens at 6:45pm (UK time) for a 7pm start. All are welcome. Further details are available on our NFN Monthly Quaker Meeting and Creative Conversation page. Our next Creative Conversation, on Thursday  2nd June will introduce the concern,  “Humanists and Quakers – How do we differ, and what are the similarities – an interactive evening”. 

Past Events

For past NFN Monthly Quaker Meeting and Creative Conversations – see that page (with recordings of first 11 talks).

Our last Creative Conversation, on Thursday the 5 May, 2022,  reflected on the query “How do I, a nontheist Quaker, relate to deeply Christian Quakers?”

Friends might also be interested to look at the newly formed Quaker Truth and Integrity Group (next meeting for QTIG members on 23rd February and Zoom Conference from 25 April):

Three upcoming courses at Woodbrooke which may be of interest to NFN Friends between 28 February and 26 April 2022.

Quaker Universalists’ Conference 2022 at Woodbrooke and online from 1-3 April. Details here:

Our AGM is on Thursday the 17th of February at 7pm (UK time). Please email for the Zoom link. More details are available on our AGM 2022 page.

2020 NFN Conference and AGM at Friends’ House, Euston
CANCELLED But will now be delivered in 3 sessions online in July 2021 – details to follow.
(For a special event on Thursday 30 May 2019, not organised by NFN but by John Senior of mid-Wales AM developing further the talk he gave at NFN conference at Woodbrooke on 30 March see here).

BYM 2019, 24-27 May, Friends’ House, Euston, London
We have booked to hold a special interest meeting on Sunday 26/05/19, 12.30-13.30, William Penn room 2, (the room holds 40-50 people)
Title: Unity, Diversity, Boundaries, the case for an inclusive Society of Friends, open to all.
(Further exploration of our Conference theme).
The meeting will be in the shape of a forum with a short introduction by David Parlett and an informal panel discussion.

We have also booked a space to take part in the special interest (Groups’) fair on the same day, Sunday 26th May evening from 5.45 , members of the SG need to be available to man this stall!

2019 NFN Conference at Woodbrooke 29-31 March 2019

NFN is pleased to reproduce here this notice of the SoF 2018 Conference, 24th to 26th July:
The Sea of Faith Network’s Annual Conference this year is entitled, “The Necessity of Hope”. The guest speaker is 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 being all about Dialogue. The SOF speaker is Dinah Livingstone whose talk is entitled “Hope for Humanity – A Theology of Liberation and the Beautiful City”. Dinah is a poet, translator and editor of Sofia magazine. Her most recent publication is “The Making of Humanity – Poetic Vision and Kindness”.

SoF Conferences are informal affairs, a mix of talks, workshops and presentations. Those who attend are a friendly crowd, and much can be gained not just from the “set pieces” but also from the opportunities it offers to meet together in the free time slots, the bookshop we run, over meals and in the bar.

The conference will be held from 24th to 26th July 2018 at Leicester University Halls of Residence, Oadby. Further details and booking forms can be found at:

Many thanks
John Pearson
Chair of Trustees, Sea of Faith Network

Nontheist Friends Network Annual Conference 9-11 March 2018 

Note from Steering Group member Tim Regan whose Area Meeting has arranged for a half-day conference on the “Issues raised by non-theism”. It will be at Brampton Memorial Hall, Thrapston Road, PE28 4TB
on Saturday Nov 18th 2017 from 10.00 to lunch time (1.00pm – Bring packed lunch to continue discussion to 2.00pm). led by Janet Scott.

This is a Cambridgeshire Area Meeting event on the “issues raised by non-theism” – NOT an NFN event but I’m sure all Quakers, theists or non-theists, will find this event of interest.
Issues Raised by Nontheism publicity (pdf)

NFN Regional Conference, South-West England
Nontheism Among Friends: Its Place within our Religious Society
Saturday October 28 2017, 1 – 4.30pm at
Bristol Redland Meeting House
How does a nontheist Quaker perspective impact on worship, ministry, Quaker practice and outreach? What can ‘that of God in everyone’ or ‘seeking God’s will’ mean to a nontheist? What contribution can nontheist Friends make to any revision of Quaker Faith & Practice?
These are some of the questions that will be discussed in a spirit of worship sharing at the first in what we hope will be a new series of regional conferences in major cities across Britain. Bristol Friends have kindly offered to host the first, and it will be open to Friends of all theological persuasions! Speakers will include David Boulton and Hugh Rock. Our Redland Friends will supply tea, coffee and cake, and you are welcome to bring a snack lunch if required.
No pre-registration is required, but please let our hosts know if you plan to attend by emailing
Redland meeting house is at 126 Hampton Road, Bristol BS6 6JE. We are advised that there is no parking on site, but unrestricted on-street parking nearby. Public transport: Buses 1, 2, 3 & 4 stop on Whiteladies Road (Apsley Road stop) five minutes walk away – 1 and 2 from the city centre and Temple Meads station, 3 and 4 from the city centre. Clifton Down train station is 10 minutes walk away, served by trains from Temple Meads about half hourly. The building is accessible, and you are welcome to get in touch to check particular requirements. (see comment below).

‘There is a place for us’ at Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering
Will you be at Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering at Warwick University (29 July – 5 August 2017)?
If so, we’ll be pleased to see you at our NFN special event on Monday 31st in Humanities Lecture Room 0.15 from 2.30 to 3.30pm. Michael Wright will be introducing the session with the title ‘There IS a place for us’. This will include an update on NFN activities and will allow opportunity for Friends to voice and discuss questions. We will also have a stall at the Groups Fair, and Michael is leading two sessions on ‘Prayer beyond Belief’. Please notify either Michael or our clerk Gisela Creed if (a) you will be at Yearly Meeting Gathering and/or (b) attending the session on Monday.

Nontheist Friends Network Annual Conference 2017



4 thoughts on “Events”

  1. This page has now been updated with details of our presence at Britain Yearly Meeting in Warwick and a regional event in Bristol in October – see above. You will also find the latest (July) newsletter (under Articles in the (top) menu) and further details of the 2018 conference have also been added (see that page above).


  2. A brief note from David Boulton about the Bristol Event last Saturday (October 28th 2017)

    Just thought you’d like to know that the Bristol regional conference on Saturday went very well, thanks to the hard work Celia, Linda and Redland Friends put into publicising and organising it, with 52 Friends present. Hugh chaired it and it was great to have his support. We sold quite a few books, so Sarah will be getting a cheque in due course.

    Hugh and I agreed that it might be significant that we attracted a larger number than we’ve had at any of our annual conferences for the last few years. It strengthens the case for looking to do more regional one-day conferences in centres like York, Newcastle, even London!

    By no means all those present were “card carrying” nontheists, but there was strong support for an inclusive Society. The mix of presentations, Q&As, small group chat and worship sharing worked well.

    One of us (or someone) will put together a report for the Newsletter, but thought you’d like to know that it went off OK



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