Mid Thames Area Quaker News

Sanctuary meeting

peace image

Reading Quaker meeting is now a Sanctuary meeting that is committed to building a culture of welcome for newcomers to Britain. Reading itself has become a City of Sanctuary and on Wednesday 21 February is hosting an event ‘We Welcome’ at 7 pm at the Reading Council Chambers, Civic Centre. More details are here: https://reading.cityofsanctuary.org/ Quakers in Britain launched the…

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Wokingham Young Friends Room renovation

Youn Friends Room

The room in the garden of our Wokingham Meeting House has gone through a renovation. It is available now for use in our meetings as well as an add on for hirers. It is a beautiful room suitable to hold a function (such as serving food or drinks) for the main meeting room, or hosting…

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What can we do?

Quakers & Peace poster

Reading Quakers are concerned about the uncertainty that has been brought out by recent events in Britain. All are welcome to join with us to reflect on what we can do, through Worship, Worship Sharing and (very important) afternoon tea. 1st Sunday of each month, 15:00 – 17:00, Reading Quaker Meeting House

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Quakers at Christmas

mince pies

17th century Quakers would have shunned any special celebrations for Christmas: they believed that each day, and all of life, was sacred and Christmas Day was no different. We’ve moved on a bit since then, and most Quakers did take part in some celebrations this Christmas. However, led by our belief in equality, peace and justice for…

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Would you swear an oath?

graphic of a holy book

Sarah Donaldson, a Quaker who grew up in Maidenhead Meeting and is now a barrister, took part in a Radio 4 discussion on ‘Swearing an oath’, along with Jasvir Singh, a family law barrister and chairman of City Sikhs, and legal commentator Joshua Rosenberg. A really interesting programme, well worth listening to on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09h2tkd The focus…

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Maidenhead has new windows

new double-glazed windows at Maidenhead Meeting House

New double-glazed windows in our garden room make it warmer for all the groups who use the building, and are part of our Quaker commitment to become a low carbon sustainable community. They also provide a clear view of our much-valued courtyard garden, an oasis of calm in Maidenhead’s busy town centre.

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Knit for Peace

East Garston Quakers support the Knit for Peace charity that matches knitters with good causes. They particularly need warm adult clothes, bed socks, scarves, adult hats and of course large sized blankets. They have at the moment a lot of baby hats, baby jumpers and cardigans and baby blankets. They are delighted for anything you…

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Interfaith dialogue: silence, listening and food

Reading interfaith event

Huge thanks to the Dialogue Society and the Fellowship Educational Society for bringing together around 70 adults and children from Reading’s different faith groups for an interfaith reception at Reading Meeting house on 17 November. We welcomed the Mayor of Reading, Rose Williams, to open the event. Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, and Emma…

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Newbury Quakers Open Day

Newbury Quakers had a pleasant and rewarding Open Day on September 30th. We raised £176 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance and enjoyed chatting with visitors and each other over cake and coffee.

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Quaker School in Lebanon

Brummana High school, with its beautiful campus in the hills above Beirut, has been a haven of peace and tranquility in which to study for over 140 years. The School pioneered a unique multi-faith co-educational approach in Lebanon adapting the English Quaker boarding school model. Although nowadays there are few Quakers on the staff, the…

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