Full booking details and application forms are now on the website.
Good without God is the ambiguous part-title to this interesting editorial article on atheism and religion in the Guardian 15/7/19 (The Guardian view on atheism):
Not sure if they mean it’s good to be without God or you can be good without God or? There appears to be an implicit sense of concern in the article and I wonder if Quakers, nontheist or otherwise, have the answers?
I note that, for Britain, citing the British Social Attitudes Survey: “Even among the over-75s, only a third identify as Anglican. More than half of British people now say that they have no religion; about two-fifths are Christians of one sort of another; 9% are Muslims.”
The NFN Newsletter for May 2019, previously emailed to members and those on our mailing list has now been added to the website for reference. (see under ‘Articles – Newsletters’ above).
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!
I have left the 2019 Conference page (29-31 March – last weekend) as the home page for the time being but enabled comments on it so, if you were there, please use the comment box (‘Leave a reply’) to give us further feedback on the conference. I will use my discretion as to whether to publish, edit or remove these!
Otherwise I have tried to update the website to reflect recent changes but some areas might still be a bit out of date. Much of the ‘old content’ is still relevant and of interest, so please have a look around (a good browse) and let me know through comments on relevant pages if you feel anything needs updating or refreshing.
It was very agreeable meeting everyone last weekend, even if, in the end, we only had just over 30 participants. Being smaller loses something but I think we also gained from the smaller numbers.
One enthusiastic first-time participant suggested we should have conferences on themes of general Quaker interest rather than just related to non-theism, theological positions and so on – but last year’s conference was on the future of Quakerism – will it survive?
What do other Ffriends think about this?
Feedback from the conference was generally very positive and further details will follow in due course.
PS. If NFN is to continue, we really do need some of you to come forward to join the Steering Group. (We can co-opt new members between AGM’s). So, if you feel you could give even just a little time, please email us or use the Contact Form to send me a message.
The newsletters and ‘Articles’ pages have been updated and the March 2019 Newsletter (pdf) is now on the website.
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)
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.