North Oxford Group Meetings
April 15th - Assisted Dying
May 20th - Living with Contradictions
Sea of Faith National Conference 2013
For the Common Good
Main Speakers: Tim Jackson, Alom Shaha and Chris Howson
Sea of Faith London Conference 2013
Secular Religion?Main Speakers: Don Cupitt, Richard Holloway and Stephen Batchelor
Sea of Faith is a network of groups and individuals who share the understanding that religions and religious faith are human creations and explore together the implications of such an understanding for their moral, spiritual, and social values.
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.