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Our latest Mid Thames Quakers’ newsletter..

The new noticeboard outside Wokingham Quaker meeting house

..is full of summer news from around the area. There’s Newbury Quakers’ nail-biting knockout in a Christian Aid skittles competition; Maidenhead Quakers learning about an ‘Equipping for ministry’ course; Wokingham Quakers raising their profile with a new notice board;  ‘singing for joy’ with Wallingford Quakers; Henley Quakers welcoming crowds to their open garden; new attenders…

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Understanding truth

Quakers & Peace poster

Truth has many facets. Forty people came to a public event at Reading Quaker meeting house to explore our understanding of truth, with five invited presentations. Periods of stillness before and after each presentation allowed space for questions to the speakers to arise. Vanessa Bird, co-editor, New Internationalist spoke about the complexity of understanding truth, and the…

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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

Quakers & Peace poster

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: date to be announced, Reading Quaker Meeting House One of the threads that has run through these meetings…

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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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Are you a Reading Uni student?

photo of angela, who is the quaker chaplain to reading university.

Angela, our friendly Quaker chaplain, leads a short meeting for Quaker worship each Friday at 1pm.  Why not join her for a few minutes of quiet, and a coffee afterwards? If you’d like to know more about what the Chaplaincy does, here is their latest newsletter Reading University Chaplaincy Newsletter Feb 2018

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Family craft day

Back by popular demand! – our open day for children and adults, making things from pottery, paper and other materials. Saturday 3rd February 2.30 – 5pm at Reading Quaker Meeting House, 2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB. At 5pm we will have a bring and share afternoon tea, then show, enjoy and talk about the…

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Sanctuary meeting

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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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