Mid Thames Area Quaker News

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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What does love require of us?

Newbury Quakers are having an all day Kindler Workshop on this topic. It will be held at our Meeting House on Saturday April 27 from 10 am to 4 pm. We have 30 places available. If you would like to join us, please contact Maria Grace at Newbury Quakers. The day is run by David…

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Signs of spring

Carpet of purple crocuses among the gravestones in Reading burial ground, with a swing hanging from the oak tree over them

Spring is all around, and the Reading Quaker burial ground is particularly beautiful with a carpet of purple crocus under the oak tree and among the gravestones.

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Pericles – All at Sea

The two actors of Multi Storey theatre performing Pericles

In this production from multi story theatre, a pair of story-tellers evoked a world in which a young girl was sold to a brothel; in which conflict and famine were devastating parts of Syria, Lebanon and Turkey; in which a fisherwoman found bodies tangled in  her nets; and in which the kindness of strangers saved those…

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In Our Hands

Farmer looking at a field of grain

How nine farmers seized the ‘Brexit’ moment to outgrow an outdated food system. This film explored their daily reality and refusal to be ground down by the machinery of big agribusiness. It revealed the wisdom of the old and the innovations of the young, who are bringing back the worm to the soil, the ‘culture’…

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Foodshare donation

Donation being presented to Foodshare, in front of the bus that they use to provide accomodation

Maidenhead Quakers collected for Foodshare, who operate the local foodbank and provide meals for homeless people. Two Maidenhead Quakers went to see Foodshare’s founder, Sue Brett, and a bus they have acquired to provide accommodation.

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Snowdrops at Henley Quaker Meeting

Henley Quakers’ garden was open on the afternoon of Sunday 3 February so that our neighbours, friends, and passers-by could enjoy our spectacular display of snowdrops. This event has become an annual favourite at Henley Friends Meeting House, and this year, according to professional gardeners, has been the best for snowdrops for twenty years. Our…

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Mindfulness walk for new students

Pink blossom (sorry, don't know its name) photographed on 7 January 2019 in the Reading University Harris garden

New students joined Angela, our Quaker chaplain, for a ‘Mindfulness winter walk’  in the lovely Harris Garden on Friday 25 January. They took photos on their phones to help focus on seeing the wonders of nature, and shared them over a glass of mulled apple punch when the walk was over.

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