In Conversation

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At the heart of the Sea of Faith network is an open, uninhibited conversation. It’s how it all began.

SOF: In Conversation is a monthly online event, open to all Sea of Faith Network members, and to friends and sympathisers beyond the Network.

It was inspired by two convictions. Firstly, the pandemic prevented us from meeting in person, but also taught us how to run successful online events, and a few of us felt that we should build on that.

And secondly, the SOF: In Conversation organising group share a commitment to Sea of Faith as a genuine network, in which ordinary members take initiatives, and we don’t leave everything to the poor old Trustees.

So, on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm, SOF: In Conversation meets on Zoom to hear a speaker give an introductory talk or presentation as a catalyst for conversation. Once the introductory talk is over, the discussion goes where it will!

Here you will find details of our next speakers and their subjects, and links to recordings of talks we have already heard. 

To join the SOF: In Conversation mailing list, and receive information about and access to future events, email us at

The Conversation so far . . .

Since we started in March 2023, we have had meetings every month, subjects have included history, theology, archaeology, philosophy, ethics, sociology and politics. Recordings of these presentations are listed below.

Our next meeeting wll be on:

19 June

 Assisted Dying – My Death, My Decision

A presentation by Ian Stubbs.

  • Case Study  & definitions
  • Support for change in the law – humanist & religious
  • Arguments against – moral & religious
  • Statistics around the world
  • Debate and action in UK


Ian Stuubs writes – I was ordained in the Church of England in 1970 aged 23 and retired from active service in July 2016. Over that time I have served in a variety of roles and responsibilities in parishes and in non parochial urban/industrial mission, community work and adult education. The last 15 years of my ministry were spent in two parishes in Manchester and Derby dioceses. In my theological training and subsequently I have been very influenced by Liberation Theology, Death of God school in US, Sea of Faith (I have most of Don’s books) and Critical Historical study of the NT. For some years I have described myself, to those in the church and beyond, who ask, as a non realist and humanist. I no longer practice as a priest but I do draw a lot of my approach on preparing for a good death from much experience of death and dying in my work over the years.

I want to stress that, although I am a supporter and member of Assisted Dying I would like to guide us in opening and exploring the issues on all sides.

What do you think we should be talking about?

Do you know somebody who could give us an interesting and stimulating start to one of our discussions?

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2023 Recorded Presentations

2024 Recorded Presentations

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In April Andy Kemp spoke on:

 The New Straight Track
Religion under the Rails –
HS2 in Buckinghamshire

In May

David Lambourn spoke on:

Re-imagining the Gospel of Mark

In January

Caroline Pickard spoke on:

My Experience of Protective Presence in Palestine

In February

Martin Spence spoke on:

A Passion for Churches

In June

Peter Selby spoke on:

 John Robinson
– 60 years of Honest to God

In July

John Pearson spoke on:

An Eye for an Eye

Re-thinking the Death Penalty

In March

John Holroyd spoke on:

Imagining Secularisation and Modernity

In April

Stephen Mitchell spoke on:

Unfinished Business
An anniversary firework display?

In September

Elaine Graham and Graeme Smith spoke on:

 Sea of Faith: 40 Years On

In October

Denise Cush spoke on:

Paganism and the New Religiosity

In November

Dave Francis asked:

The Sea of Faith and the Turin Shroud: True? Fake? Does it matter?