‘Words about Deeds’ online Reading Group
Inviting peace activists
In April, we – Marilou Ruijter and Heinz Gabathuler -, invited SCI activists for an online reading group with the aim to discuss some topics from the SCI anniversary book “Words about Deeds” which was published at the end of 2019.
Since mid-April we held three reading groups with four sessions each. All in all, around 30 activists have joined the groups – some of them took part in more than one group, others also just joined for one or two sessions. And for each session we had an expert, usually the author of the respective text in the book, who gave additional background.
The overall feedback from participants has been very positive. The basic setting of the reading groups therefore remained unchanged. (The only change we undertook was switching from skype to zoom as the videoconference tool for the sessions).
It was heartwarming to observe the encounters of activists, younger and older ones, who had the opportunity to meet, even though not physically, across geographical borders – some of them not yet having met at all, others not having met for many years.
We are happy that the book, and our initiative to organise reading groups, made possible such a fruitful exchange and learning experience.
We would like to encourage more activists and staff persons to take the initiative for further reading groups. We will stay available for technical help as well as for advice on the subjects themselves, including the contact to authors and other persons who can be considered as experts on specific topics.
If you intend to start a reading group yourself, feel free to contact Heinz for further advice.
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Written by 2020 team