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The Sea of Faith Network

SOF 2018

We alone create our religion and our faith

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.

Stamford Court

Conference Centre

 Leicester University

24 - 26 July 2018

Sea of Faith Network

31st Annual Conference

Hope has been described as having and not-having at the same time. To hope is to own the prospect of something other and better than what now is. It doesn’t happen of itself, but has to be learned.  And if it is not to be mere wishful thinking it calls to be acted upon.

This is the theme that we will be exploring together at our 2018 conference.  The programme is being designed to draw on the diverse knowledge and experience of SOF members and supporters and others who will be joining us for the event.  Base groups will provide an opportunity for shared reflection as the conference unfolds; in the forum sessions there will be workshops, seminars, and discussions devoted to specific topics; and at regular intervals, members will be giving short talks on issues of particular interest to them.

Two longer talks are included, one two guest speakers and one from a SOF member.

Our guest speakers are Richard Norman, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Kent and Vice-President of Humanists UK and Anthony Carroll assistant curate of St. Mary and St. Eanswythe with St. Saviour in Folkestone Kent, and Dean of Pastoral studies at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield. They are co-ediotors of “Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide”, a book they describe ‘as 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 editor of Sofia and a member of the London group.  Her most recent publication is “The Making of Humanity – Poetic Vision and Kindness”.

The University of Leicester

Tuesday 24  -  Thursday 26 July 2018