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Growing out of the interest shown in the talks in the week preceding Easter 2013, this is a monthly forum where we explore questions of faith and spirituality in a credible and inclusive way, valuing contemporary thought and modern biblical understanding.

There are no right or wrong answers or opinions; but we do invite you to join us in a supportive environment to ask those questions you've always wanted to.

These sessions aim to be interactive, with some input to start proceedings, followed by open debate.

Venue: Christchurch Cafe
Time:   7:30pm to 9:00pm


Dates for Autumn 2017 
Sunday 17 September - Robin Hamon - Narrative Analysis

NO Meeting in October - Ilkley Literature Festival alternatives 
Sunday 19 November - Helen Singleton - What About The Women?
Sunday 10 December - Gary Knamiller - What About Hope?


Read or download the Notes from previous meetings


Some of the Topics we have looked at 

Migration And The Bible - Robin Hamon

The Fifth Gospel - Thomas

The Multifaith Experience Of Iona - Chris & Gary Knamiller

Our Place In The Cosmos - Bob Brunswick

Who Wrote The Old Testament? And When? - Robin Hamon & Steve Amos


How Green Is My Faith? - A follow-up from last July’s ‘How Green Is The Bible?’ Are we living in tune with the Bible and the Environment?

Jesus: Messiah Or Zealot? - Exploring the messianic claims in the first centuries.

Heaven And Hell - Is there really ‘Eternal Life’?

I Agree With Dawkins - The continuing irrelevant Science and Religion debate!

The Eight Points - The Progressive Christian Network Britain offers these as an expression of the Christian Life.

How Green Is The Bible?  What does the Bible really say about the Environment? - led by Robin Hamon.

Are You Saved? - Seven Theories of Atonement – what is it and what does it mean?

Worship - What is it and can we make it relevant?

Prayer - What is it and is it any use?

Imaging God - our understanding of the Creator

Ways to God - Christianity and other world Religions

When Jesus Became God - the creation of the Trinity

The Easter Parables - what does 'Resurrection' mean?

What Do You Believe? A gentle introduction to ‘The Creed’

Mark, Matthew & Luke – why so different, yet similar? - Allan Carr's Synoptic Diagram

Can We Trust The Bible? - Where did it come from, and how to read it

The Christmas Parables


Possible topics for the future
Who was Jesus? – First century context
Judaism & Gnosticism – The context of the early church
Modern theology – looking at some contemporary theologians
The Lord’s Prayer – time to write a new one?
Jewish festivals and the shaping of Christianity
What’s the point of faith? – Love and justice
Gender and Sexuality
Affluence and Poverty
God's plan - what plan?

Information from, or offers of interest to, Jo Wales-Smith or Steve Amos.