Returning to Meeting House on Sundays

Reading Meeting House, June

Naomi Iliff’s experience of returning to Reading Meeting:- “It was lovely to be back in the Meeting House. I have loved Zoom meetings and have been so grateful for the continuation of community in our Meeting that Zoom has enabled. But in the Meeting House the quality of the silence and stillness is very special.…

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Keep your Meetings

Panel from the Quaker tapestry showing children from Reading Meeting keeping the meeting going when all the adults were in prison.

In 1662 when the adults of Reading Quaker Meeting were all in prison, the children kept the Meeting going. Today, because of the Covid-19 coronavirus all Quaker places of worship across the country are closed. But our Local Meetings continue – online, by phone, by waiting alone in silence knowing that others are doing the…

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Meetings suspended

Wallingford Meeting Room

Quakers won’t gather together for worship over the coming months. But our Meetings won’t stop. Some of us will wait in silence from our homes, at our normal times of Meeting for worship, holding our fragile world in the light and knowing that others are doing the same. Some will join online meetings. Many will…

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Parliamentary candidates listened…

Audience member posing a question to parliamentary candidates at the Reading Quakers' general election hustings November 2019

…and responded to questions and opinions from 60+ community members at Reading Quakers’ election hustings on 28 November. We focused on three topics: Our future relationship with Europe – including how long it takes to complete a trade deal, and what are the most positive values associated with the EU; A fairer society – including…

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Letlapa Mphahlele leads discussion on shared humanity

Group outside the Reading Uni chaplaincy: (L-R) Roland (Reading Quakers), Michael (student), Letlapa Mphahlele, Angela (Quaker chaplain), Mark (Anglican chaplain)

What is it that unites us as human beings, beyond all our different cultures and beliefs?  Students and local residents recently took part in a thought-provoking discussion of this idea of ‘shared humanity’, led by guest speaker Letlapa Mphahlele and hosted by the Reading University Chaplaincy. Letlapa was born and grew up in South Africa…

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Climate crisis protests

Quakers from the Mid Thames area took part in Extinction Rebellion protests in London over the past two weeks, highlighting the risks posed by the climate crisis.  Here’s a personal view from John: “Like the April rebellion, the impressive things were the number of people of all ages coming together, the strength of humanity and…

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Interfaith week reception

Come and share food and thoughts about the theme: “Can our faith or spirituality bring us into a healthier relationship with the natural world?” Thursday 14 November 2019, 7-9pm, Reading Quaker meeting house, 2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB All are welcome to this free event, but please RSVP to readinginterfaith@outlook.com.  If you can, please…

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Quakers welcome new Reading Uni students

Angela, Quaker chaplain to Reading University, serves vegetarian chilli to students

It’s been a busy start to the new academic year at the University of Reading Chaplaincy. The team of Chaplains – Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Chinese and Quaker – have met and greeted new students from many different countries. They’ve heard about students’ journeys so far and their hopes and fears for this new phase in…

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How are we tackling climate change?

Read our 2018 sustainability report to find out what Mid Thames Quakers are doing to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges. The report covers all seven local Quaker Meetings in the Mid Thames area. We first look at specific actions and practices under three headings: Developing low-carbon and sustainable premises and core practices; Energy…

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Quaker stories

Three Reading Quakers having a chat in our Meeting room

Quakers from Reading Quaker Meeting tell their personal stories of becoming Quakers. What led them to find out about Quakers; what does being a Quaker mean to them; how is this part of their everyday lives. Join us to hear their stories followed by a 30 minute Quaker Meeting for Worship. There will a be…

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