Thinking Allowed Group

About the Thinking Allowed Group

This group meets on the first Thursday of every month at 10.15am at The Church at Carrs Lane.  It is an informal gathering that began life as The Doubters’ Group many years ago, at the then Carrs Lane United Reformed Church.

There is usually a theme for the year which is agreed at the December meeting and published by the beginning of January.

This year the focus is on ‘The Collage of God’;   

‘Living as if…’ was our theme in 2018.  In 2017, we focused our conversations around ‘Liberal Evangelism: an Oxymoron? and other recent themes have included:  ‘Christian Community – Myth or Reality?’;  ‘Belief and Disbelief: How much can you doubt and still be a Christian?’; ‘Hope for the Future?’ and ‘Jesus Now?’

This is not exclusively a Carrs Lane group and everyone is welcome.

The current year

Download the programme:  Thinking Allowed 2019 plan

It makes you think… Thinking Allowed 2018 report

Meetings offer a chance to air ideas that generally seem to fall outside a traditional view of Christianity.  It is truly ‘thinking allowed’ but also involves ‘thinking aloud’!  We are ready to share our questions about God and faith; we don’t often have answers but share in a search for understanding.

In the past, we have taken as our focus books by Karen Armstrong, Gerard Hughes, John Campbell and Philip Pulman.  At other times we have looked at the beliefs of other faiths.  We have also followed up issues raised by the Carrs Lane Lectures on Radical Christian Faith.  It is a very informal group, where everyone’s view is given weight and value.


For more information, contact Julie Grove   (If this link does not work with your device, please right click to copy the link and paste it into the ‘To’ box of your email programme.)


Telephone: 0121 643 6151