Building Understanding and Tolerance in a Divided Society

Berks & Oxon Regional Meeting

Saturday 26 October 2019

Reading Quaker Meeting House

11:00 (coffee etc. at 10.30) to about 16:00

‘In what ways are you involved in the work of reconciliation between individuals, groups and nations?’  – Advices and queries, 32

Quakers strive for the peaceful resolution of conflict. This applies as much to our everyday lives as it does to the wider national and international scene.

All are welcome to this Regional Meeting where

  • The morning speaker will be Oliver Robertson, General Secretary of Quaker Peace & Social Witness, who will give the keynote address on the theme of the day.
  • Martin and Robyn Appleton of Reading Meeting will facilitate sessions based on the themes that emerged from the “What Can We Do?” initiative at Reading Meeting in 2017/18. The meeting will use spiritual practices of attention, to explore, in a workshop setting, how we might open our eyes to the other through opening our eyes to ourselves. We will have two [1]workshops which will draw on different methods of building relationship used in faith communities, by political leaders and by international artists.
  • The workshop will end with a review of the day led by Martin & Robyn
  • Friends in the Region have the opportunity to get to know each other better.

Please bring a packed lunch.  Reading Quaker Meeting House (2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB) is half a mile from Reading station. Car parking is available in the street for disabled badge holders. Recommended public car park: Saxon Court, Letcombe Street, RG1 2SQ; or, on street metered parking in London Street nearby).

Directions at                 

Enquiries to John Crosfield, clerk of arrangements committee,

tel. 0749 337 0030, e-mail

Provision for children’s activities will be made, but please let the clerk of arrangements committee know by 12 Octoberof any children intending to attend, including their ages, so that the Friends volunteering to provide such activities can prepare.

[1] Friends, one of the exercises will invite you to remove your shoes, so you may like to come with unholey socks.