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Curiosity and conversation

Justine Huxley in her workshop

At our most recent event, taking place in Manchester in July, more than 40 people came together to learn more about dialogue, each having the chance to be part of two different workshops.Much of the potential of dialogue in society has still to be realised, concluded a report from Lisa Cumming and Ute Kelly from Bradford’s department for Peace Studies in 2010 .

Talking Together - Dialogue Skills for a Peaceful Society

The next major event we have coming up is a first-time collaboration with two innovative projects that promote different approaches to dialogue and building better understanding amongst diverse groups and individuals. Called ‘Talking Together’ and taking place in central Manchester (at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel) the event will consist of two workshops, with each participant joining in each workshop either in the morning or the afternoon.

Armed Forces Day, the military and schools

On 30th June this year’s Armed Forces Day (AFD) takes place. The website for the day (http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/) states that its purpose is to raise awareness of what is done by members of the armed forces and to show our support. It also encourages people to hold picnics … “there is no better way to celebrate the Armed Forces than a get together with family and friends.” and to buy “AFD goodies” of various sorts in the theme of red, white and blue.

Centenary Calendar

We are fast approaching our centenary year. More information about the purpose and range of activities that we are planning to mark that anniversary are on our project page , which will be updated regularly over the coming months. The first resource we hope to have available is a calendar, featuring just a small selection of the 100s of posters that Northern Friends Peace Board produced over the years.

NFPB meeting Darlington, 3rd March

Thirty Board members were joined and made welcome by about half a dozen Darlington Friends for our first NFPB meeting of the year, with Friends present from Perth in Scotland and Nottingham in the south of the Board’s area and Meetings in between. Some Friends were with us for their first Board meeting and in our worship we remembered past Board members who had died since our last Meeting.

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