A listing of conferences and events past, present and future:
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: http://www.sofconference.org.uk/annual_conference.html
Chair of Trustees, Sea of Faith Network
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.