Nontheist Quakers: Annual Conference 2020

Nontheist Friends Network Annual Conference 2020 CANCELLED at Friends’ House, Euston, London from Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th March 2020. (But see below!)

Friends' House, Euston
Friends’ House, Euston, London NW1 2BJ

“That’s the Spirit! – Dimensions of Spirituality”

Stop press 18/2/21: We expect that this conference will now be delivered with the same 3 speakers (see below) online over 3 Wednesday evenings in July 2021 – details to follow soon.

The Steering Group of the Nontheist Friends Network (NFN) has been closely monitoring the situation with the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic and reviewing the advice issued by Government and Public Health. It now seems likely that the situation will worsen in the next few weeks.

So, after careful consideration, and with deep regret, we have decided it is in the best interest of our participants , the keynote speakers and all who are near to us to cancel our conference, which was to be held 28-29 March 2020 at Friends House, London : “That’s the Spirit”, and postpone it to more certain times later or the following year, to be agreed.

This is not an easy decision for us to take but we feel it is the responsible thing to do now. We are disappointed not to meet you and engage with our subject of the different dimensions of spirituality. The decision will have some financial consequences for us, but we hope that by postponing , we are able to lessen the impact.  We are upholding all those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and are hopeful we can forge virtual connections with many of you over the coming weeks, especially at a time when it will be important to come together while being encouraged to stay apart.

We hope that this announcement gives you time to cancel any accommodation and travel bookings . Your fees will be refunded at the earliest opportunity and we will stay in touch regarding a new conference date.

Gisela Creed
Clerk, NFN, 16/03/2020
(SUPERSEDES STATEMENT BELOW – for more information, see ‘POST’ of today’s date)
Latest update here

Important announcement:
Would all participants of our annual conference please note that the NFN Steering Group is actively considering the risks and increasing spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus), which might well mean that the conference will have to be postponed until a later date. We hope to make a firm announcement about this on Monday 16th March.
If a postponement to an undefined date is decided upon, we will of course refund your fee straight away.
So keep well and watch this space.
Best wishes to all of you,
Clerk NFN

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March Friends House, London
With keynote speakers:
Andrew Copson (Chief Executive, Humanists UK),
Dinah Livingstone (Editor ‘Sofia’, Sea of Faith)
 Gill Pennington (Spirituality Tutor, Woodbrooke)
includes Saturday evening dinner and Sunday lunch: £50
The (more or less final) programme for the two days is here (Word.doc). (updated again 28 February – AGM Saturday evening, short presentations now 12.00 Sunday, and Reflections so far and plans for the future 9.30 Sunday morning before MfW)

Notice of AGM (sent to members by email or post – Word.doc)
AGM Agenda (Word.doc)

From Saturday:1.30 Welcome, notices, etc.
To: Sunday 4.00 Closing MfW, 4.30 Departure

To book or for further details please  email Roger(at) (click on link or replace the (at) with the usual @ symbol!)

Tel: 01792 367461

2020 NFN conference BOOKING FORM (Word.doc – filling it in here and email to Roger also acceptable) (Send to Roger, address as on Form – NOT to Friends’ House!)
2020 NFN conference BOOKING FORM (pdf)(better for printing?)

For some ideas regarding accommodation in London, see this post.

This, the ninth annual conference organised by the Nontheist Friends Network, will include opportunities to share and learn about aspects of its work – a forum for Friends who view religion as a human creation.

Our aim: to explore theological and spiritual diversity, and their practical implications, in respectful acceptance of different views, experiences and journeys.


7 thoughts on “Nontheist Quakers: Annual Conference 2020”

  1. What time will it be starting on Sunday morning? I’m going to need to check train times & prices as I suspect it’ll be cheaper to go home than to stay in London.


    1. Probably 10am but joining Meeting for Worship at 10.30 until an Open session at 11.45 (time for coffee in there somewhere?). But details still to be finalised.


  2. Trevor, it’s no contest. My rail-card will knock third of that train ticket price. So an hour peacefully reading my book plus home comforts it will be.


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