As a Quaker, Heron is a member of Balby Monthly Meeting, and attending Sheffield Central Meeting. In 1986 he spent nine weeks traveling in the ministry in Australia, and three years later did the same coast-to-coast in Canada. His first Quaker book, Caring, conviction, commitment, was published in 1992. It resulted from the survey he carried out in Yorkshire to learn at first hand of the experiences of attenders from the time of their first entry into a Quaker meeting. In 1994, he published a small dictionary, Quaker Speak, as one of his responses to the needs discovered in the Yorkshire survey. In 1996 his major work, Quakers in Britain; a century of change, was the only book to mark the centenary of the Manchester Conference that had opened the way for what later became known as the 'liberal stage' in British Quaker history. Abstracted from it came The British Quakers: 1647 to 1997, a (first modern) introduction to inform newcomers. In addition to two other books and an essay The Future of British Quakers (2001), his autobiography, Only one life - a Quaker's voyage was published in 1998.
For thirty years Alastair Heron was research psychologist working mainly in the field of human development through the life span, and in cross-cultural studies.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s he was professor and head of department of psychology in the University of Melbourne, Australia.
He and his wife Margaret reached their sixtieth wedding anniversary in November 2000, less than a year before her death at 88.
His son and daughter live in England and the USA respectively, and Alastair was a great-grandfather.
- Heron, Alastair (2008). Quaker Speak (4th Revised Edition ed.). Quaker Outreach in Yorkshire. pp. back cover. ISBN 0-9519440-2-9.
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