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We plan to meet at 10.30am – 6.00pm on these dates (ALL are first monthly Saturdays):
5th Jan 2nd Feb 2nd Mar 6th Apr
4th May (Bank Holiday Weekend)
1st Jun 6th Jul 3rd Aug 7th Sep
5th Oct 2nd Nov 7th Dec
and in 2020: 4th Jan 1st Feb
Due to a block booking in the meeting house in September, we have had to change from our usual first Saturday, to the Second Saturday.
Back to our normal first Saturday in October.
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One of our number came across this very interesting article from the Krishnamurti Information Network. I reproduce the first few words here, with a link at the end to the whole article on their website.
Wholeness Regained – Revisiting Bohm’s Dialogue
Lee Nichol is editor of The Essential David Bohm (Routledge) and a former teacher at Oak Grove School in Ojai, California
Beginning in 1985, David Bohm put forward a series of propositions regarding a new vision for contemporary dialogue. This vision received considerable attention throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. But despite such widespread interest in Bohm’s vision, the sustainability of dialogue seems to have been erratic, even meager.
Shortly before his death in 1992, David Bohm made a curious remark regarding the vagaries of dialogue. The conversation had to do with why dialogue groups struggled so much, why many people felt discouraged with the process after serious and sustained attempts to exploit its potential. ‘I think people are not doing enough work on their own, apart from the dialogue groups,’ Bohm offered.(reference given)
This observation seems paradoxical, not least because dialogue is by general definition a collaborative process, and by Bohm’s definition one which seeks to move beyond a sense of strict individualism and open into a domain of collective,participatory fellowship. The notion of working ‘on one’s own’ would seem to circumvent the very essence of dialogue itself.
We can begin to unravel this paradox by……..<Link to whole article>
The monthly dialogue has been moved from the 1st to the 8th, times as usual.
This is due to a function at the Friends Meeting House on the 1st, using the whole building.
I’ve changed the date on the 2018 diary posting below.
We agreed that this was an interesting program, without it covering Dialogue as we would describe or experience it fully.
If you can’t access this on the BBC iplayer website, do contact us, and we may be able to find a copy for you somewhere 😉
Because of the Bank Holiday weekend, the monthly meeting in May will be on the 12th.
We invited members who have attended the dialogue for whom we have up-to-date contact details, to our meeting on February 3rd.
As well as the cake shown below, we had lunch together in the Friends Meeting House.
I’m afraid that, due to the state of the roads in the snow and ice, we have cancelled this meeting.
A number of our dialoguers travel a distance to be with us, and there are a number of warnings about the weather on Saturday.
On February 3rd we are planning to invite previous attendees of the dialogue (who we have current contact details for), and members of the other dialogues in the area.
New members are of course also welcome.
(Photos now published in a later post.)
We are expecting to meet on the following dates in 2018, at the Quaker Meeting House in Lancaster, 10.30am – 1.30pm, and 3pm – 6pm:
3rd February (Our 25th Birthday!)
8th September (this date has changed due to a booking conflict)
(There are also two other dialogue groups in Lancaster, one on a Sunday evening, and one on a Wednesday evening. Get in touch if you want some further details)