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.
NFN is pleased to reproduce here this notice of the SoF 2018 Conference, 24th to 26th July, received today from John Pearson, Chair of SoF Trustees:
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
An article in The Guardian (online) by Simon Jenkins under this title, dated 4 May 2018, has brought many more visitors to our NFN site – in fact linking to an article by David Boulton which references a 2013 survey cited by Ben Pink Dandelion. Perhaps we should return the compliment and put a link to the Guardian article here!
Some Friends, including ‘non-theists’, might think this title is a travesty of the Quaker position and Yearly Meeting decision to revise Quaker Faith and Practice. (Link edited at 22.00 Central European Time to be more useful on a mobile device!)
Simon Jenkins writes ‘I am not a Quaker or religious, but I have been to Quaker meetings, usually marriages or funerals, and found them deeply moving’. As this member and attender for 8 years (Trevor Bending) has so far been to only one Quaker marriage (my own) and no Quaker funerals (yet), we must assume that Simon has a considerable number of Quaker friends or contacts. In any event, his article is much more interesting than the provocative title and well worth reading.
I think some further consideration or re-consideration of what we might mean by ‘non-theism’ is now due in the light of the YM decision and the publication of ‘God, Words and Us‘.
It would be wonderfully appreciated if some of our NFN members, Followers, and Friends were to append their comments here!
(Note from David Boulton)
Just a quick note to say the BBC are going ahead with The Big Questions TV programme this coming Sunday (10am on BBC 1), asking whether religion needs God, with particular reference to the theist/nontheist dialogue among Quakers, and the decision to revise the Red Book made at YM last weekend.
David and Rhiannon Grant have been asked to participate.
I look forward to it if we can get it in Spain just before we do our local (2 of us) meeting for worship.
You might also be interested in this post from the ‘jolly quaker’ (Mark Russ) brought to my attention by twitter.
Members of the Network will have received the April newsletter with reflections on the 2018 Conference by email. After a little delay, the pdf version has now been added here with a slight re-structuring of the articles/newsletters pages.
The Newsletter might be read in conjunction with the 2018 Conference reports in the previous post.
I have moved the RSS (News) Feed from the American/International nontheistfriends.org website from the left-hand sidebar to the footer area of the website. (This will not now appear on the mobile site).
In its place I have put the signups for our RSS feeds of posts and comments in the left-hand sidebar followed by the Topic (Category) listings for Posts (both previously some way down the right hand column). These will appear at the foot of the mobile site pages.
The December newsletter has finally found its way onto the website! Thanks David Parlett for another interesting issue.
Our thanks to Brian Wardrop for maintaining the previous NFN website over many years. Our registered domain name ‘nontheist-quakers.org.uk’ now comes to this site.
Most of the material on this new site has been derived from the old site so we still owe much to Brian’s original hard work. I hope the switch-over will run with no teething problems, but if there are any glitches I have overlooked please add a comment below. (or click on ‘Leave a comment/comments’ above to leave your reply).