Monday, 10 September 2018

October meeting: Saturday 13 October 2018

How do religious figures achieve symbolic status?

As the highlight of our autumn season we are delighted to be able to welcome Dr Alan Race. He has offered the following fascinating introduction to what is sure to be an excellent and stimulating talk.

Many religions have seminal figures who stand at the origins of the movement or are incorporated into the movement. The varied claims for such figures exceed their historical origins, elevating them to a status which is revelatory of something more than their human origins.  This talk asks how that happens and whether or not the usual exclusivity attached to such processes is really necessary. Current dialogue among theologians suggests alternative ways of viewing the relationships between these figures.

Alan Race is a retired priest-theologian and has had an interest in interfaith dialogue for many years. He has published widely, and his most recent book is ‘Making Sense of Religious Pluralism’ (SPCK, 2013).

Everyone welcome—existing fans, newcomers and the simply curious.  

The Garden Room at Great Meeting Chapel on Saturday 13 October 2018 2.30 - 4.30 pm

Doors open, with drinks available, from 2.00 pm

The chapel is at 5 East Bond Street, Leicester, LE1 4SX (just across the road from John Lewis). There is a small (free) car park. A donation of £4 per person covers room hire and other costs.

For more information, use the contact details on the right. We're very friendly.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

August meeting: Saturday 18 August 2018

The necessity of hope

Without hope, there is despair. Given the choice, most of us would plump for hope. But is hope merely a complex form of self-delusion, distracting us from reason and reality? Will all really be for the best in the best of all possible worlds? Or is hope, as our title suggests, simply essential for us to survive and thrive, enabling us to act positively and change things for the better?

There’s so much for us to talk about. From literature, perhaps Emily Dickinson’s most popular poem, “Hope is the thing with feathers”, or the satire of Candide. There are our own experiences of hope and despair, and our techniques for keeping hope uppermost. And then there are all the philosophical and theological insights from the recent Sea of Faith national conference, "The necessity of Hope", which will be fresh in the minds of some of our group.

Will it be an interesting meeting?

Hope so.


Everyone welcome—existing fans, newcomers and the simply curious.  

The Garden Room at Great Meeting Chapel on Saturday 18 August 2018 2.30 - 4.30 pm

Doors open, with drinks available, from 2.00 pm

The chapel is at 5 East Bond Street, Leicester, LE1 4SX (just across the road from John Lewis). There is a small (free) car park. A donation of £4 per person covers room hire and other costs.

For more information, use the contact details on the right. We're very friendly.

Monday, 26 February 2018

March meeting: Saturday 24 March 2018

Celebranting, language & reality


“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent”. From which proposition some may assume we’ll not be discussing Wittgenstein at our March meeting.

But you can never tell. It might mean something else.

We are delighted to welcome Simon Mapp as our guest speaker. A long-time Sea of Faith member and current trustee, he has kindly agreed to talk about his work as a celebrant in both religious and non-religious services. We expect that will spill over into a rich variety of other Sea of Faith and related topics.

Since Simon’s passions include the teaching of theology and philosophy in today’s world, and he lists Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault alongside Ludwig Wittgenstein as among his influences, this promises to be an excellent and varied afternoon.


Everyone welcome—existing fans, newcomers and the simply curious.  

The Garden Room at Great Meeting Chapel on Saturday 24 March 2018 2.30 - 4.30 pm

Doors open, with drinks available, from 2.00 pm

The chapel is at 5 East Bond Street, Leicester, LE1 4SX (just across the road from John Lewis). There is a small (free) car park. A donation of £4 per person covers room hire and other costs.

For more information, use the contact details on the right. We're very friendly.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

January meeting: Saturday 20 January 2018

What doth it profit?

He thinks he is a Methodist trapped in the body of a Catholic. He thinks what you do is more important than what you believe. (And a lot more interesting.) He thinks what many people dismiss as supernatural probably contains the whole point of it all.

In other words, he’s a crazy, mixed-up kid with dangerous ideas and a head full of poetic, idealist nonsense.

Will he be able to communicate how he came to this state and who influenced him on the way? To find out, come to hear Peter White’s journey.

We’ll also be having one of our open discussion sessions, during which anyone can share articles, radio progs, books, tweets or anything else that’s moved or interested them in some way. Always a rich and thought-provoking time.

Everyone welcome—existing fans, newcomers and the simply curious.  

The Garden Room at Great Meeting Chapel on Saturday 20 January 2018 2.30 - 4.30 pm

Doors open, with drinks available, from 2.00 pm

The chapel is at 5 East Bond Street, Leicester, LE1 4SX (just across the road from John Lewis). There is a small (free) car park. A donation of £4 per person covers room hire and other costs.

For more information, use the contact details on the right. We're very friendly.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

November meeting: Saturday 25 November 2017

Joy to the world

Some time ago we began an intermittent series loosely called “My Journey”. The idea was that members of the group would talk, in whatever way suited them, about where they are now and how they got here. Or some variation on that theme. We’ve had some great insights and discussions. Now we’re delighted that long-standing member Joy Sell has kindly agreed to say a few words. It is sure to be very interesting and stimulating.

As if that wasn’t enough, we also plan time for one of our popular miscellany-style “open mic” sessions. Feel free to bring material or ideas to add to the mix.

And as a seasonal bonus, we have the fun, exhilarating and ultimately pointless Christmas quiz from a couple of years ago that we never finished. What a treat!

Everyone welcome - existing fans, newcomers and the simply curious.  

The Garden Room at Great Meeting Chapel on Saturday 25 November 2017 2.30 - 4.30 pm

Doors open, with drinks available, from 2.00 pm

The chapel is at 5 East Bond Street, Leicester, LE1 4SX (just across the road from John Lewis). There is a small (free) car park. A donation of £4 per person covers room hire and other costs.

For more information, use the contact details on the right. We're very friendly.

Friday, 1 September 2017

September meeting: Saturday 23 September 2017

Being Human

What makes us human? Do we make and control our Gods or do they make and control us? What kinds of human values endure? Which should?

Plenty to talk about at this year’s Sea of Faith conference. And plenty of chance at our next meeting to carry on the exploration. It doesn’t matter whether you attended the conference or not. Or whether you read the speeches in the September issue of Sofia. If you want to talk about what it means to be human, that’s enough.

We’ll also have a thought-provoking video whose origins lie in the launch of the network. The Sea of Faith—The Quest Goes On has insights into today’s network and reflections from Don Cupitt on his own thinking. Watch it now, or wait for the day.

The Sea of Faith - The Quest Goes On from Peter Armstrong on Vimeo.

Everyone welcome - existing fans, newcomers and the simply curious.  
The Garden Room at Great Meeting Chapel on Saturday 23 September 2017 2.30 - 4.30 pm

Doors open, with drinks available, from 2.00 pm

The chapel is at 5 East Bond Street, Leicester, LE1 4SX (just across the road from John Lewis). There is a small (free) car park. A donation of £4 per person covers room hire and other costs.

For more information, use the contact details on the right. We're very friendly.

Friday, 16 June 2017

June meeting: Saturday 24 June 2017

Midsummer musings

Reflections from within

This month we wander from the path of a fixed theme and meander freely into one of our open sessions. We’ll be thinking, listening and exploring, as always. Conversations will emerge from whatever’s currently on our minds.

Feel free to bring material you’d like to share—a quotation, an article or extracts from book, radio programme or video. We can continue explorations from previous talks, such as the challenges facing Muslims in Britain or the implications of post-truth society. Or we can engage with something new and different—anything that’s interesting.

Here’s a picture to reflect on. Cool.



Everyone welcome - existing fans, newcomers and the simply curious.
 
The Garden Room at Great Meeting Chapel on Saturday 24 June 2017 2.30 - 4.30 pm

Doors open, with drinks available, from 2.00. 

The chapel is at 5 East Bond Street, Leicester, LE1 4SX (just across the road from John Lewis). There is a small (free) car park. A donation of £4 per person covers room hire and other costs.

For more information, use the contact details on the right. We're very friendly.

Photo credit: Kalen Emsley, licensed Creative Commons CC0