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After several successful meetings, we have settled into meeting on the First and Third Saturdays of each month, from 10.30am to 1.30pm UK time.
If you would like to join in, please contact us, and we will send you the link to join us on Zoom at this time.
You will need either a webcam-equipped computer, a tablet or a smartphone, and Internet access. A comfy chair is, we have discovered, a definite advantage.
Please do try out your hardware to the last minute: Zoom offers test calls so that you can iron out any issues with the hardware and software before the meeting.
After a very successful trial of the videoconferencing software this afternoon, we have
decided we will definitely be meeting online at 10.30am on April 4th.
Do contact us a few days before if you are interested in joining in. We are not certain that we will be meeting all day – it is new territory for us. We certainly expect to meet for the two morning sessions.
You will need either a computer, a tablet or a smartphone, and Internet access. If you can use Skype, your hardware will be sufficient. A comfy chair is, we have discovered, a definite advantage.
The Lancaster Friends Meeting House has closed its doors, and our own meetings there have stopped for the time being.
We will post on this blog when the situation changes.
In the meantime we are likely to be meeting online using video-conferencing software. Some of our members are familiar with this way of working, and while face-to-face meetings are impossible/inadvisable, we are intending to meet online on April 4th and scheduled dates after.
If you are interested in joining us online, do get in touch several days beforehand, and we will give you details. A computer or a smartphone, with an internet connection, in a quiet place is what is required.
Due to Covid, the meeting house is closed and we are meeting online. Details are given on News.
We plan to meet on these dates in 2020.
All are in room 3, Friends Meeting House, between 10.30am – 6.00pm (lunch 1.30pm – 3.00pm)
All are first Saturdays, apart from July.
Jan 4th, Feb 1st, Mar 7th, April 4th, May 2nd, Jun 6th,
either 27th June or 11th July (follow this blog and we’ll notify you of the final date),
1st Aug, Sep 5th, Oct 3rd, Nov 7th, Dec 5th.
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.