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Life Death and Everything - Free to Believe

Life Death and Everything - Free to Believe

This year’s reading party is at Bishop Woodford House in the delightful old Cathedral town of Ely, 15 miles from Cambridge and close to the Fens.  As always, the programme gives time to enjoy as well as to relax.
The conference is from Monday September 9th-Thursday 12t.h   and costs £255 ensuite. There are a small number of non-ensuite rooms at £235.
The conference will be led by Anne Lewitt, URC minister at Petworth, Pulborough and Billingsworth, and Free to Believe chair, Martin Camroux.  |
The reading party offers a chance to think about the meaning of our lives from two different perspectives, both open-minded and critical and reflective, but one mostly no longer believing in God the other still believing.

Location:
Bishop Woodford House, Ely
Speaker:
Anne Lewitt, URC minister at Petworth, Pulborough and Billingsworth, and Free to Believe chair, Martin Camroux.

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Discussion of book: Looking in the Distance - the Human Search for Meaning, by Richard Holloway

The monthly meetings, on the 2nd Tuesday each month at 2.15 (membership currently of 17). September to December, a different member will introduce a book of their choice. We may then decide to explore one of them in depth, or continue next year hearing about other books, and when we are ready decide to explore one of them in depth together. SEPTEMBER 10. Looking in the Distance by Richard Holloway OCTOBER 8. Getting Involved with God - rediscovering the Old Testament by Ellen Davies - looking at it from a feminist theologian's perspective. NOVEMBER 12. a book by Richard Rhor - an American radical Catholic Franciscan DECEMBER 10. The Lost Message of St. Paul by Steve Chalk, a radical American Baptist Minister.

Location:
Friends Meeting House, High Green, Great Ayton. TS9 6BJ
Speaker:
Introduction to the book by Ray Counter
Host:
Teesside Group

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Lectures in Radical Christian Faith - Revd Canon Mark Oakley

Lectures in Radical Christian Faith - Revd Canon Mark Oakley

On The Splash of Words (2016), the poet Imtiaz Dharker said “Dipping in to this book, the spirit is cleansed in the sparkle of language”, and from Andrew Motion: “Mark Oakley has a strong sense of language as sacrament, a sharp eye for telling phrases and a warm heart with which to return echoes”.
we look forward to listening to what our speaker has to say

Location:
The Church at Carrs Lane, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, B4 7SX
Speaker:
Revd Canon Mark Oakley: theologian, poet, author, broadcaster, campaigner and inspiring speaker
Host:
Carrs Lane Church

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Galilee Forum - With the End in Mind

Galilee Forum - With the End in Mind

With the End in Mind - A local doctor and award-winning author, Kathryn wants us all to know more, and be less afraid, about dying. “It’s time to talk about dying. This is my way of promoting the conversation.” Following her talk, Kathryn will be in conversation with activist and blogger Laura Ashurst, who will also chair an open session for questions and comments. We aim to finish around 9.30.

Location:
Billingham Forum, TS23 2LJ
Speaker:
Dr. Kathryn Mannix
Host:
Billingham Group

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Radical God

Martin Camroux on "Radical God". This is his talk at the 2018 Free to Believe Conference. Some will remember that that he led a study day at Tavistock URC on "Religion is Dangerous" about 5 years ago.

Location:
Tavistock United Reformed Church Russell Street Tavistock
Host:
Tavistock Group

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ST GEORGE’S COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES  2019-2020 - “What can we really believe about Jesus Christ?”

ST GEORGE’S COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES 2019-2020 - “What can we really believe about Jesus Christ?”

Rev. Reiss will examine both historical and theological debates about what can be credibly believed about Jesus since the advent of biblical criticism from the nineteenth century onwards, considering especially some recent debates started by the publication of The Myth of God Incarnate.  He is the author of Sceptical Christianity (2016) and is working on Death, Where is Your Sting? which he hopes will be published in 2020.

Location:
ST GEORGE’S, WESTCOMBE PARK, Glenluce Road, Blackheath, London SE3 7SD
Speaker:
The Revd Canon Dr Robert Reiss, Canon Emeritus Westminster Abbey
Host:
ST GEORGE’S, WESTCOMBE PARK, Glenluce Road, Blackheath, London SE3 7SD

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The Bible can be funny

Trevor Dennis on "The Bible can be funny". This is one of his talks at the 2018 Free to Believe Conference. Having been vice principal at Salisbury and Wells theological college and then cannon chancellor at Chester Cathedral, he is now retired but is well known for many books which make faith very accessible for the person in the street.

Location:
Tavistock United Reformed Church Russell Street Tavistock
Host:
Tavistock Group

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ST GEORGE’S COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES  2019-2020 -“Thank God for Equal Marriage”

ST GEORGE’S COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES 2019-2020 -“Thank God for Equal Marriage”

Jeffrey John will address the current struggle to allow same-sex marriage in the Church of England. He has been Dean of St Albans since 2004 . He was previously Vicar of Holy Trinity Eltham, Canon Chancellor and Theologian of Southwark Cathedral, and Director of Training in the Southwark Diocese. He has been partnered to Grant Holmes since 1976. In 2003 he was appointed Bishop of Reading but subsequently forced to withdraw. His books include The Meaning in the Miracles; Permanent Faithful Stable: Christian Same-Sex Marriage,; and Going for Growth.  He co-authored This is Our Faith: A Popular Presentation of Anglican Belief..

Location:
ST GEORGE’S, WESTCOMBE PARK, Glenluce Road, Blackheath, London SE3 7SD
Speaker:
The Very Revd Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans Cathedral
Host:
ST GEORGE’S, WESTCOMBE PARK, Glenluce Road, Blackheath, London SE3 7SD

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