Sharing the Quaker experience

Quakers in Reading recently met to consider how we might reach out to people who wish to accompany us in our spiritual seeking. We do not seek to ‘evangelize’ in the traditional sense*, but to talk about our faith, and welcome anyone who wishes to experience our unique way of worship and community, even if…

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What was a Quaker doing at Vatican II?

On the 4th July at 7:30pm our Quaker History Group will be meeting to discuss the life and work of one of the driving-forces behind modern Quakerism, Douglas Van Steere (1901-1995). He had a unique approach to ecumenism and interfaith initiatives, brought faith leaders into dialogue, and had a massive impact on peace-work worldwide. Steere…

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Getting ready for Yearly Meeting

The 2022 Yearly Meeting of Quakers in Britain will be held at Friends House, London, from 27 May to 30 May, and several Quakers from Reading will be attending. There will be online preparation sessions, and special interest sessions available from 21 May. The theme will be ‘faith, community and action’: how do we experience…

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Biscuit crumbs at Reading Quaker Meeting House

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) have produced a self-led 3km walk highlighting places of historical significance to the Huntley & Palmer biscuit manufacturers in Reading. This includes the Quaker Meeting House, where the families worshipped, and several members are buried in the burial-ground. The Biscuit Trail leaflet is free and available online or…

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Mental health matters

Quakers at Reading Meeting met this afternoon for their monthly Meeting for Learning to consider insights into mental health care provision, and hearing service-user, professional and carer experiences. Care in the community for those with mental illness, as national policy, is now in its fourth decade and mass institutional care is a thing of the…

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LGBTQ+ history month

Reading Quakers presented this online Meeting for Learning as part of LGBT+ History Month, which celebrated this aspect of our contribution towards human dignity and equality. Quakers in Britain have been campaigning for gay equality since the 1950’s, and we heard about expressions of same-sex love in Quaker journals from centuries before. The concern for gay…

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