Reading

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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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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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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At Reading International Festival…

… Oliver Robertson, a Reading Quaker spoke of the importance of a continuing Quaker voice in the EU.  One example he gave was the promotion of peaceful methods of conflict resolution: these are not well understood on the international stage. He also spoke about current work of the Quaker Council for European Affairs to highlight…

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The Bundle – a review

Journeymen Theatre crafted a powerful play from the real experiences of a Chechen asylum seeker and her children.  I was impressed at how the two actors, with minimal props and costume changes were able to portray a varied cast of characters, and saddened by the knowledge that this was not fiction. We now live in a…

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Family crafts day – a review

Reading Meeting House was buzzing with the happy voices of the children and their families who attended the Family Crafts Day on 7 October. There was origami, balloon modelling, and………the longest queue of all at the two pottery wheels, under the expert guidance of our resident potter Cáit Gould! Many pots of different shapes and…

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Quakers meet at Reading University

Chaplaincy centre: photo credit Reading University

Need some time for quiet and contemplation?  There’s a short Quaker Meeting every Friday at 1:00 pm in the Reading University Chaplaincy Centre, Park House Lodge on Whiteknights campus. All students and staff are welcome.

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Stories from the West Bank and Israel – a review

EAPPI school run. Photo credit: EAPPI

Quakers in Britain run the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), Reading Quakers were pleased to welcome an Ecumenical Accompanier, Maria, to tell us about her time in the Hebron Hills during 2016. She told us of the harassment of the shepherds who go to their lands with their sheep and goats but get…

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Digging the Dirt – a review

Digging the dirt

This play, written and performed by the Multi Story Theatre Company, cleverly intertwines two real events – the 17th century Digger movement and the 21st century leaking of state secrets, giving us a really thought provoking experience. The acting was flawless and the theme of Digging the Dirt challenged us to consider the compromises people make to protect…

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