Annual Gathering 2007 – by Denise Moll

29 people gathered in a circle on Saturday, 19th May at Kingsley Hall; 11 sent apologies. Welcomed were many of Surur Hoda’s family, including his widow Elisabeth, for lunch and to dedicate a stone bench in the garden and a photograph of him for the office, in his memory. There were some speeches, photographs, tears and laughter – the youngest little “Hoda” was a babe in arms!

The meeting began with all 29 people introducing themselves and sharing their interests – a rich mix of interests and values were shared. Minutes of the 2006 AGM were read and accepted, as was the Annual Report 2006/07. GF Friend Arvind Devalia posed a challenging question: What can we do to attract more young and active people to the GF? A question we frequently put to ourselves but don’t find easy answers – the main obstacle being lack of people able to devote time to this question. Jill Stevenson told us two delightful Cheerokee Indian stories from Gail Ross, and her book Virgins Fetch the Highest Price was on sale. David Maxwell read extracts from his booklet Muriel Lester, Gandhi and Kingsley Hall (more details on the Resources page). A delicious Indian lunch was provided by Kala Gunness and Chandra Misir.

In the afternoon, Yeoshahfaht Israel led a workshop on Martin Luther King. There was enthusiastic participation as we practised putting ourselves in another’s shoes and considering questions about nonviolence that deepened our understanding of what it really means.

The meeting both began and ended with Silence.

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