SEA CHANGES by Marina Jenkyns

22nd November, 2019

4pm and 7pm at Oxford Quaker Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW

Tickets: £10, £8 concession; buy on the door or by searching “Sea Changes in Oxford” on http://www.eventbrite.com

Following on from its successful debut at the 2019 Camden Fringe, Sea Changes returns to the stage at the Friends Meeting House in Oxford.

Sea Changes tells the stories of three very different women who each offer an opportunity to identify with women’s experience of loss. Their interwoven monologues reveal their stories showing how to move on when tragedy strikes, less through the concept of ‘closure’ but rather through living with their losses and so becoming more fully themselves.

To accompany the Oxford performances, join the playwright, director and cast for a free Q&A at 5pm to reflect on the themes of the play and to discuss the creative team’s approach to bringing these stories to life.

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 https://midthamesquakers.org.uk/reading-quakers/                 

Enquiries to John Crosfield, clerk of arrangements committee,

tel. 0749 337 0030, e-mail johnecrosfield@gmail.com

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.

The November 43 Newsletter

Universities of the Meeting

Attending Epilogue one evening in the Cadbury Room at Woodbrooke, a flipchart that had no doubt been left behind after one of the day’s courses caught my eye. Someone had written “When an old person dies, it’s as if a whole library goes up in flames.” That resonated with me, probably because I am an old person, and the next day I shared the sentiment with my honorary grand-daughter. If I was expecting a sympathetic response, I was to be disappointed. “That might have once been true, but with today’s almost unlimited data storage, it no longer really applies, does it?” That stung. When I died, it wouldn’t really matter because she could find everything I’d ever known in the Cloud. (No, not in the clouds, in the Cloud. That’s a geeky term that translates approximately as ‘somewhere on the Internet’.) Oh well, I have very low self-esteem anyway, so I didn’t argue. And that’s how things rested until today, when there was ministry in meeting about Peggy Heeks, who died recently, and it was mentioned that she had probably been our meeting’s greatest theological resource. That made me think again because I knew there was much I should have asked her, and I also knew I wouldn’t find the answers in the Cloud. I realised 2 that the message on the Woodbrooke flipchart was wrong. When an old person dies, it’s not like a library burning, it’s like a university closing down! Libraries are wonderful, but they’re passive repositories of knowledge. People are like universities – full of knowledge, yes, but also dynamic, capable of interaction, and a continual source of new ideas and insights. In fact, we’re all universities. We’re all constantly carrying out research just by living. Our knowledge, insights, and opinions are unique. And, just like universities, we have a duty to share them for the benefit of others. Maybe in fact, that’s why I’m writing this article for Forty-Three, so many years after my last contribution. I’d like to think that in meeting we’re all open to sharing our gifts and insights – but there’s a problem. How do we work out what to share with whom? I would gladly share my knowledge of 1960s European radio-valve numbering systems, for example, but I imagine there would be few takers! I suppose the solution is that we should all get to know one another a little better, and perhaps not be quite so reticent about our abilities and talents. I know it’s not seen as Quakerly to talk about your achievements, but maybe just a few hints wouldn’t do any harm. After all, if I’d only realised in time, I might have benefitted from a short course at the University of Peggy before that opportunity disappeared forever! Keith Wilson

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