Sea of Faith, Yorkshire

31.3.17

Programme for 2017


Sat 8 April       Nicholas Bielby introduces Steven Pinker's book 'The Better Angels of our Nature'
                          - arguing that levels of violence are DEcreasing in society


Sat 10 Jun        Sharing our Latest Inspirations - at Settle Quaker Meeting House


Sat 9 Sept       "Are God and Nature then at strife?"  A late Victorian Quaker wrestles with 
                      challenges to religious faith posed by Darwinian science.' Joanna Dales will share 
                      some of her Ph.D. research on the non-theism of J W Graham
       

Sat 4 Nov         Believing Scientists -  Carol Sherrard will open discussion on what seems (to her)
                     the strange phenomenon of scientists with belief in the supernatural.  


All dates are Saturdays, the sessions opening at 1.30 for 2pm. Apart from the 10 June meeting at Settle, all sessions will be in the Heart Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN (in the Granby Room, ground floor usually - but check in Reception on the day).
The Heart Centre is a very pleasant venue with its own very good cafe.  Directions to the Heart Centre

26.1.17



18.4.16

Programme for 2016



23 April     'What Matters to Me' - please bring any texts, pictures, recordings that inspire you

 4 June      Helen Bellamy will lead discussion on 'Women in the Churches'

17 Sept     'The Sunday Assemblies - For and Against'

12 Nov      Anna Sutcliffe will introduce the poetry of John Burnside

All dates are Saturdays, the sessions opening at 1.30 for 2pm.  All will be in the Granby Room, ground floor of the Heart Centre in Headingley, Leeds.  The Heart Centre is a very pleasant venue with its own very good cafe.  Location details here.


23.12.14

Programme for 2015




Sat 21st Feb, The Heart Centre, Leeds  1.30pm for 2pm start  (Granby Room, ground floor)

                        'These We Have Lost - Or Have We?'

Please bring your own ideas on the religion-inspired ideas and ideals that have lost force today - and any current replacements they may have.  Suggestions are glory, sin, forgiveness, salvation, patience, sacrifice.
Venue:  The Heart Centre is in Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN.  It has its own very good cafe.  We will be in the Granby Room, ground floor.  Map at http://www.heartcentre.org.uk/contact



Sat 25th Apr,   York at the home of Ann Holt and David Rubinstein, 1.30pm for 2pm start, tea and coffee provided.

                         'Religion and Politics'

                 David Rubinstein will introduce the discussion
Venue:  6 Portland Street, York YO31 7EH. Portland Street is off Gillygate, just outside the city walls to the north west of the Minster. Anyone arriving in York by train could catch the number 1 bus just outside the station to Gillygate, the stop being slightly beyond the top of Portland Street. If anyone needs to come by car, a parking permit can be supplied, but space can't be guaranteed.



Sat 6th Jun,  The Heart Centre Leeds, 1.30pm for 2pm start.  (Granby Room, ground floor)

                            'A Non-Realist Leads Worship'

     Helen Bellamy tells us about her experience of leading  Methodists in worship
Venue: The Heart Centre, Leeds - see details above



Sat 19th Sept,  The Heart Centre Leeds, 1.30pm for 2pm start  (Granby Room, ground floor)

                                'Myths of the Vanished God'

       Anna Sutcliffe runs her workshop on the psychological value of myths of descent and return, much appreciated at this year's SoF annual conference
Venue: The Heart Centre, Leeds - see details above



Sat 14th Nov,  The Heart Centre Leeds, 1.30 for 2pm start (Granby Room, ground floor)

'A Babel of Bibles - aesthetics, translation and interpretation since 1885 '
            Nicholas Bielby

Nicholas is a SoF member, prize-winning poet and, in his professional life, an expert in the thorny topic of teaching reading.  In this session he shares discussion with us on his forthcoming book on interpretations of the Bible.
Venue: The Heart Centre, Leeds - see details above

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10.12.14

Next Meeting

Saturday 21st February 2015 at the Heart Centre, Headingley, Leeds

21.3.14

Saturday 26th April 2014

'What Matters To Me'


Please bring your thoughts and ideas for discussion.  We will meet in the Heart Centre, Bennett Street, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN   www.heartcentre.org.uk , and see http://www.heartcentre.org.uk/contact  for a map.

 As usual, we will open at 1.30 for informal talk over lunch, and the session proper will start at 2pm.  Bring a packed lunch, or food can be bought from the excellent cafe in the Heart Centre.  We have the Granby Room (ground floor) until 4pm.

23.1.13

2013 Meetings

 We usually meet on Saturdays, four or five times in the year.  Hot drinks are provided at 1.30pm, for informal talk before the session proper starts at 2.00pm.  Bring a packed lunch if you wish.  

Saturday Feb 23


Secular Saints - please bring for discussion any names you think worthy of that title, and some reasons why.

1.30pm  for 2.00pm in The Green House, South Parade Baptist Church, Kirkstall Lane, Headingley, Leeds.


Saturday April 20

What is Religion? -  discussion of Karen Armstrong CD

1.30pm for 2.00pm in Westgate Unitarian Chapel, Westgate, Wakefield.

Saturday Nov 16

Metaphysical Poets 

1.30pm for 2.00pm in The Green House, South Parade Baptist Church, Kirkstall Lane, Headingley, Leeds.