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Quakers for climate justice

Three Friends holding banner saying 'Quakers for climate justice' on a vigil in central Reading

Quakers and others met for an hour of quiet protest in Reading town centre, to raise awareness of the climate crisis and the need for people and governments everywhere to take urgent action to reduce carbon emissions. Despite constant rain we were noticed and had good conversations with passers by – most supporting, one challenging.

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Garden party

Quakers having refreshments in our burial ground

Reading Quakers gathered for an afternoon in the Meeting House garden and burial ground. Tea and conversation were enjoyed along with Boules, Scattles and playing the musical bottle organ and (pretending we were still in the heatwave) ice cream. The afternoon finished with a Meeting for Worship in the garden.

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Heritage open day

Painting of coastal scene with mountains, which will be on display at the Reading quakers heritage exhibition

A chance to visit our historic Meeting house and art exhibition, as part of Reading’s heritage open day, Saturday 14th September, from 2-5pm. Specific events 2:15pm – talk about Quakers in Reading 3:00pm – drinks and cake 3:30pm – local Quaker writers read their work At Reading Quaker Meeting house, 2 Church Street, Reading RG1…

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Unexpected visitor

swift held gently in a hand, in our Main meeting room

There was fluttering behind one of walls during Reading Quakers’ meeting for worship today. Investigations revealed a frightened swift, that had fallen down the shaft that gives access to the roof. Swifts can’t take off from the ground even if they are outdoors, and certainly not from the bottom of a shaft. Thankfully one of…

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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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