Next Meeting

Monday 18th September, 7.30 pm
at Hugh & Rosemary's home

We are pleased to be able to say that, for a couple of months at least, we are back to are usual '3rd Monday in the month' routine.
We are hoping those of us who were at this year's annual conference will begin the meeting by reporting back on our experience. One of the highlights was a chance to get a first look at "Sea of Faith: The Quest Goes On" a short film about the Sea of Faith today made by the producer of the original BBC series, Peter Armstrong. He filmed Don Cupitt and SOF members talking about the movement, mostly at last year's conference, and has interspersed the interviews with passages from the 1980s film. Peter us allowing us to show the film - for our private use only - and I will bring a copy with me. I think you find it interesting, stimulating and even moving.
We should devote some time to planning our programme for the next few months. If there is anything you would like to discuss, any book or article that you would like to share . . .  Occasionally we have found it useful to revisit subjects that we have talked about before. It can intriguing to see how our thinking has developed.

Calendar

North Oxford Group Meetings


Autumn 2017 - programme to be confirmed

September 18th - Conference report & Sea of Faith - the quest continues'
October 16th -
November 13th - 
December 11th -
 

Other dates for your diary -



About Sea of Faith


We see the purpose of SoF not as being an organisation which seeks to describe authoritatively the beliefs appropriate to our time.  Rather it is a network of those who wish to become clearer about what it is for them to be more fully human in their situations – a process best achieved within a variety of conversation-like processes conducted within accepting and safe surroundings. The product will not be a code of ethics, but persons living at their edges, works of art their own right.

SOF has no creed. It explores the implications for spiritual, social, educational and ecological issues that arise from embracing the provisional nature of religious insight.

It 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.

The Network took its name from a BBC television series The Sea of Faith, presented in 1984 by Don Cupitt, then Dean of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The television series and the accompanying book had in their turn drawn their title from Matthew Arnold's poem of the 1860s, Dover Beach.

Cupitt argued that we should cease to mourn the decay of traditional beliefs. Instead he offered a vision for the future of religious faith as entirely human, centred in spiritual and ethical activity.

This vision prompted an exploratory conference in 1988. Further conferences have been held annually and it was out of these that the Sea of Faith Network emerged. There are local groups spread throughout the country.

These are autonomous bodies, some meeting monthly, some quarterly, some preferring open, unstructured discussion, others organising lectures, workshops and one-day events. Members receive bi-monthly newsletters and magazines, written primarily by the membership.

There are also Sea of Faith networks in New Zealand and Australia.