Why you should join the Foy Society
The Foy Society is a fellowship of women and men who, in a
spirit of free inquiry, seek to understand the nature of present
issues and problems - political, social and religious.
It was founded in 1924 as The Fellowship of Youth. In 1957 it became known
as the Foy Society as it had gradually taken on the role of an inter-generational
Most of our members are Unitarians.
You are welcome to join and participate, whatever your religious background.
The main event on the Foy calendar is the Annual Conference with its
selected theme. In April, 2008 we were at Great Hucklow in Derbyshire, looking
at our penal system and what is happening to young offenders in particular.
Each conference is an opportunity to explore a relevant issue in a friendly and
supportive atmosphere. There is also time for worship and social activities.
There are occasional weekend
gatherings during the year, including
walking weekends in Derbyshire.
These pictures show "The Barn" at
Flagg, not far from Buxton, where all
generations of Foy can meet.
Simple bunkhouse accommodation is
held in trust and is available for the
Foy Society to use.
With its cosy multi-fuel stove, it is
also available for members and
their friends to use at other times.
Why not make a weekend of it
with friends or family members.
If you are partial to the simple life
you can use the dormitory
accommodation or, if you prefer,
there is camping in the adjoining
The Foy Society is affiliated to the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free
Christian Churches and has always been active in its support of Unitarian
projects. It is often through Foy that the "unaskable" questions are addressed.
Foy members regularly make a significant contribution to the annual meetings,
sponsoring the daily newspaper of the General Assembly - the Gazette, and
often speaking out on issues of concern. For many years we sponsored and
organised activities for children and young people at these meetings.
Foy is involved with
education and training,
supporting work in
and liaising closely with
those involved in social
We also maintain contact with liberal
religious groups worldwide.
Foy subsidises young people to attend
We support the
International Religious Fellowship
(an association of liberal religious young
people throughout the world).
Foy members enjoy opportunities to meet and study together as they explore
current issues and problems. We treasure the atmosphere of tolerance which
allows free speech. Ideas are developed in diverse but supportive groups.
Experiences and insights into social issues are shared in order to achieve
deeper understanding as a basis for informed and responsible action. Foy plays
a valuable part in the spiritual lives of its members. It provides learning,
personal growth, friendship and relaxation.