Mid Thames Area Quaker News

Fake news and the politics of responsibility

laptop computer calling old typewriter 'grandpa'

Do you think the internet has changed the way politics and propaganda work? Is the internet good for democratic process? Do we need more face to face democracy? A meeting to explore these important issues, including a short video of journalist Carole Cadwalladr speaking about Facebook’s role in Brexit. On Friday 2 August,  7.30 to…

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Could you be our new warden?

Front entrance to Reading Quaker meeting house

Reading Quakers need a new resident warden, to manage our busy, community-orientated Meeting House in Reading town centre, and also be part of the life of our Quaker Meeting. You’ll make sure the Meeting House runs smoothly for all users, and manage bookings and invoices for hiring rooms. You’ll live nearby in a 3-bedroom house…

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Renewing Newbury Meeting – Post 2

Houses around us being demolished

As we move forward with the concept of our own Meeting House development, work on the demolition of the buildings beside us has begun in earnest. This will make way for 220 new flats and buildings right next door, bringing a new gateway into Newbury between the train station and the town centre. We are…

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What does love require of us?

Twenty-five people (3 facilitators, 2 Quakers from Reading and Henley, 3 visitors, and 17 people from Newbury Meeting) enjoyed a stimulating, challenging and enjoyable day at the Kindlers ‘What does Love require of us?’ workshop. Using a variety of exercises, we were invited to discover, or affirm, our gifts, reflect on how we already use…

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What do the EU elections mean?

EU flag

Not sure what different EU parliamentary groups stand for? Unclear about how your vote counts? Our display and talk can help! You’ll get the broad view of the different groups by seeing all their manifestos together. And we’ve also each group about issues of particular concern to Quakers – peace, migration & asylum, the environment…

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Letter to Newbury Weekly News

Following the Sri Lanka killings, Howard Grace from Newbury Meeting gives a visionary perspective on our shared humanity. This letter is available to read here

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Peaceful garden in Henley open on Sunday 19 May

Some 60 people visited the garden of Henley Quaker meeting house on the afternoon of Sunday 19 May. The sun shone, and the plants – including the semi-wild cow-parsley in the old burial ground at the far end – were looking their best. Tea and cake, conversation, and a certain amount of sketching and painting,…

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Can we cap global warming at 1.5 degrees?

Multicolour image from the cover of the IPCC 1.5 degrees report

What will happen if this cap is not achieved and warming reaches 2 degrees? An opportunity to hear directly from Professor Michael Grubb, an academic and major contributor in the field of global warming and the resulting economic picture, who will lead a discussion on the special report from the International Panel on Climate Change…

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Saturday open house again

'Open' sign in the courtyard outside Wallingford Quaker Meeting house

Wallingford Quaker Meeting house is open to visitors on Saturdays again, now that spring is here! Come and enjoy the tranquillity of our early 18th century Meeting house and garden. Someone will be around if you have any questions or would like a drink, but if you prefer to just sit and enjoy the peace…

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Vigil in solidarity with Christchurch

sketch of mosque with words 'hate has no place here'

One week after the massacre of Muslims at Friday prayers in New Zealand, stand with others in solidarity against hate and for peace. Vigil outside Reading Town Hall, Friday 15 March, 5-6pm. Refreshments and conversation afterwards at Abu Bakr Mosque, Oxford Road, from 6:15pm. All individuals and community groups are warmly invited to join.

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