The newsletters and ‘Articles’ pages have been updated and the March 2019 Newsletter (pdf) is now on the website.
Looking for David Boulton on wikipedia the other day hypertexted me to wikipedia on Nontheist Quakers (worth a read) including a short list of ‘Notable Nontheist Friends’ (only two of whom I’ve heard of) and then to wikipedia on Nontheism which is a fascinating read (follow the links there to ignosticism and ietsism) and which explains very well why ‘nontheist’ is likely to remain the best label we can find for our Nontheist Friends Network.
Look forward to comments on this (‘Leave a reply’) and see you at the Conference on 29-31 March?
NFN began some eight years ago and from time to time we have considered whether there is any need for NFN to continue. Today, David Boulton writes: ‘When we founded the Nontheist Friends Network eight years ago we promised ourselves that one of our aims would be to lay the network down as soon as it had clearly served its purpose‘
David’s piece is attached here (in Word) and will be mailed out to NFN members as well as being distributed to our Conference participants at Woodbrooke at the end of the month (29-31 March).
There are currently 12 members of the Steering Group. Some of these, including our Clerk, have been very busy organising this year’s Conference. Hugh Rock, who is one of our Conference speakers this year, has taken care of Conference bookings for the last three years and payments are eventually handled by our Treasurer.
At least three of our Steering Group members would like to step down this year, or, in some cases, take a less active part. If, therefore, after discussing David’s thoughts in the piece attached, the AGM should discern that NFN, and our annual Conferences, should continue, then we will likely need new blood in the Steering Group.
We hope that all participants in the Conference will choose to attend the AGM:
Saturday 30th March 2019, 17.15-18.15 AGM of the Nontheist Friends Network (Cadbury room) all welcome (although it’s not compulsory!).
We also hope that a number of you might put yourselves forward, whether for a more or a less demanding role, as members of the Steering Group. (We do not have a ‘Nominations Committee’!)
The Network’s aim is to provide a forum and supportive framework for Friends 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.
We seek to explore theological and spiritual diversity and their practical implications, in respectful acceptance of different views, experiences, and journeys.
Notice of Annual General Meeting:
To be held on Saturday 30th of March 2019 at 17.15 at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre during the NFN annual residential conference.
Minutes of last Meeting (10/03/2018)
Financial report and accounts
Appointment of Steering group and office holders
Any other business
Please notify Gisela Creed, clerk, if you would like to raise further business
24, Auchinloch Road, Lenzie, Glasgow, G66 5EU,
0141 776 1379
The Steering Group March, 2018- March, 2019:
David Boulton, Trevor Bending, David Parlett, Hugh Rock, Tim Regan, Keith Rycroft, Jo Jaffray, Deepa Parry-Gupta, Toni Calam, Piers Maddox, Sarah Siddle, Gisela Creed (clerk)
Our conference this year (29th-31st March 2019 – have you booked yet?) is on the subject(s) of Unity, Diversity and Boundaries.
Perhaps our speakers will be thinking mainly of diversity of belief (and practice) but there are other kinds of diversity (of concern) and here is an interesting article from Friends Journal about racial diversity by an American Friend:
An interesting article from an American non-theist? Friend, Jim Cain, can be found here in Friends Journal (USA – strongly associated with Friends General Conference):
The November newsletter with our latest news, book reviews, details of the 2019 conference, short articles as well as news from nontheist Friends in America has now been added to the website.
NFN members and others who have signed up to receive this will have had it in their email a week or so ago.
As with all the other newsletters, please see under ‘Articles – Newsletters’ above.
The 2019 Gathering and Conference page has been made our homepage from today until the conference takes place in March. Now is the time to book!
The general ‘About’ the NFN page can still be found under ‘About’ (where else?) and ‘news’ in the form of these not so regular posts is as ever under ‘News’.
Please support our Network by joining but also by commenting (‘Leave a reply’) wherever this is indicated or by sending your comments on the ‘Contact‘ page. Comments and enquiries on the Contact page are dealt with as appropriate, forwarded to the relevant member of our Steering Group or can be used to create a post if requested.
Details for the NFN 2019 Gathering at Woodbrooke have been updated today including further details about our speakers.
All members of NFN are invited to attend the AGM which will take place on the Saturday of our annual gathering at Woodbrooke. (30th March 2019).
Application forms for the conference have now been posted on the 2019 Conference page.
We hope as many of you as are able will attend the conference which is our best opportunity each year to gather together with like-minded Friends but if you are not able to do so please consider coming for the day on Saturday or just for the AGM.