Mid Thames Area Quaker News

Understanding truth

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Join us to explore our understanding of truth, with invited presentations. The media and ‘fake news’ (Vanessa Bird, co-editor, New Internationalist); Some Quaker perspectives on truth (Helen Drewery, Head of witness and worship for Quakers in Britain); Living truth (three personal experiences). The event starts at 3pm on Sunday 1 July 2018, Reading Quaker meeting house, and…

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Working supportively with refugees

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There’s still time to sign up for this free online course, which starts on 21 May. The course ‘Working supportively with refugees: principles, skills and perspectives’ is run by the University of Glasgow. It’s open to anyone who wants to learn more about how the principles of psychological well-being, communication and interpretation can benefit work with refugees. Full…

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Phoebe Cusden

Blue plaque on birthplace of Phoebe Cusden

Phoebe Cusden MBE A blue plaque has been unveiled to honour a Reading mayor, Quaker, peace campaigner, trade unionist, writer and theatre founder. She is probably best known for her work in setting up what is now the Reading Dusseldorf Association. The plaque at 55 Castle Street, Reading, the former home of Mrs Cusden, was…

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What can we do? – work with others

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Reading Quakers are concerned about the uncertainty brought out by recent events in Britain. Join us to reflect on what we can do, through worship, creative listening and (very important) afternoon tea. All are welcome. Next meeting Sunday 3 June, 15:00 – 17:00, Reading Quaker Meeting House One of the threads that has run through…

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Supporting child refugees

Hannah Gretton speaking about the work of the charity 'Safe passage'

Several Maidenhead Quakers attended an evening about supporting refugees, at Maidenhead United Reformed Church. We heard that a teenager stuck in the Calais ‘jungle’ for ages was now on his way to join his brother in London, assisted by Safe Passage – a charity that unites refugee children with loved ones in the UK. Maidenhead…

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Muslim doctor speaks at Newbury Quakers

Despite the challenges of ‘The Beast from the East’, 28 people ventured out on the snowy evening of Friday March 2 for an inspiring event hosted jointly by Newbury Quakers and the West Berks Peace and Integration Forum. The evening’s theme was, ‘Healing is needed for nations, as well as for people’. The speaker was…

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Seeking common ground

Woman carrying a banner saying 'justice demands the right to vote'

Quakers in Britain seek common ground with all political parties on key Quaker concerns. Reflecting on the recent centenary of the Representation of the People Act, Jess Metheringham, our Parliamentary Engagement Officer said “The history of the electoral franchise in the UK is a history of discrimination, on the grounds of wealth, education, and sex.…

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