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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 Sunday 6 May, 15:00 – 17:00, Reading Quaker Meeting House One of the threads that has run through…

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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

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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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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