National, Regional and Local Conferences organised by the Sea of Faith Network (UK)

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The Sea of Faith Network

SOF 2019

We alone create our religion and our faith

Stamford Court

Conference Centre

 Leicester University

23 - 25 July 2019

The Sea of Faith Network

will be holding its

32nd Annual Conference


The University of Leicester

Tuesday 23  -  Thursday 25 July 2019

The over-arching and enigmatic title for our conference this year Is That All There Is? follows on from - and further develops - last year’s conference theme, The Necessity of Hope.  We are inviting everyone who is able to join us in Leicester, not just our speakers, to interpret and explore this question as broadly as they choose.  We hope to come away from what is for many of us the annual summer ‘fix’, feeling inspired, uplifted and with our mental outlook expanded.

Our principal speakers will be, Ernie Rea, presenter of Radio 4’s discussion series Beyond Belief, Avril Robarts, whose life's work has been to apply the ancient teachings of Indian spirituality to the practical challenges of everyday life and Stephen Williams, retired senior probation officer and SOF Trustee, whose talk will be called “Justice Through the Looking Glass”.

The Conference is being held at the University of Leicester’s Stamford Court Conference Centre, which is set in the landscaped gardens of the University’s Oadby campus.

Registration opens Tuesday 23rd July at 12 noon; the first plenary session will start at 2.00 pm and the final session will end at 1.00 pm on Thursday 25th.

Accommodation is in the John Foster Hall, which is a short walk from the Conference Centre where everything else, from breakfast to last drinks in the bar at night, will take place. The main meeting room, the break out rooms, and the hospitality lounge are all conveniently under one roof.

From the 'Starting the Day' pre-breakfast activities, through the plenary sessions, the Forum and Base Groups to the choice of diversions in the evening, there is a pretty full programme of events, but we also allow plenty of time to relax, browse the bookshop, stroll in the gardens, and enjoy the company of like-minded people.

Please join us in July


You can find out more about the conference as further details become available on the conference website.  The timetable, workshops, and other activities will be added to the site as the programme is confirmed. In addition, full details will be sent to attendees, by email or in the post, in the first week of July.

If you have any questions about your booking please, in the first instance, write (to the address on the booking form) or email ( and if you have to telephone (0151 632 4385), please be prepared to leave a message. For general enquiries about the conference please email:

We are looking forward to seeing you at Leicester in July.

Thank you.


Ernie Rea, Avril Robarts & Stephen Williams

Sea of Faith is a network of groups and individuals who share the understanding that religions and religious faith are creations of the human mind and explore together the implications of that understanding for their moral, spiritual, social and cultural values.

SOF welcomes people from all faith and humanist communities, and those with no involvement in any organised religion. The membership reflects a range of experiential, intuitive and intellectual concerns.