May 24 2008

Sea of Faith

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The Sea of Faith Network is an association of people who have a common interest in exploring religious thought and expression from a non-dogmatic and human-oriented standpoint.

“Sea of Faith” is an image from Matthew Arnold’s poem Dover Beach, which laments the loss of traditional faith. It was used as the title of a BBC television documentary, which traced pivotal changes in science, philosophy and religion over the past 350 years. These changes call for a radical re-thinking of our faith traditions. The television series (and book) awakened a lot of interest and led to the formation of the Sea of Faith Network first in Britain (1989) then in New Zealand (1993).

The Sea of Faith Network (NZ)

  • Affirms the continuing importance of religious thought and practice as a vehicle for awe and wonder and for the celebration of key social and spiritual values.
  • Draws freely upon our spiritual heritage without being bound by it.
  • Promotes the quest for meaning and fulfillment as a human activity.
  • Provides encouragement, stimulation, and support in fellowship with others engaged in the quest.

The Sea of Faith Network itself has no creed.

It draws its members from all faiths and also from those with no commitment to religious institutions.

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