Sharing the Quaker experience

Quakers in Reading recently met to consider how we might reach out to people who wish to accompany us in our spiritual seeking. We do not seek to ‘evangelize’ in the traditional sense*, but to talk about our faith, and welcome anyone who wishes to experience our unique way of worship and community, even if…

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What was a Quaker doing at Vatican II?

On the 4th July at 7:30pm our Quaker History Group will be meeting to discuss the life and work of one of the driving-forces behind modern Quakerism, Douglas Van Steere (1901-1995). He had a unique approach to ecumenism and interfaith initiatives, brought faith leaders into dialogue, and had a massive impact on peace-work worldwide. Steere…

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Biscuit crumbs at Reading Quaker Meeting House

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) have produced a self-led 3km walk highlighting places of historical significance to the Huntley & Palmer biscuit manufacturers in Reading. This includes the Quaker Meeting House, where the families worshipped, and several members are buried in the burial-ground. The Biscuit Trail leaflet is free and available online or…

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Mental health matters

Quakers at Reading Meeting met this afternoon for their monthly Meeting for Learning to consider insights into mental health care provision, and hearing service-user, professional and carer experiences. Care in the community for those with mental illness, as national policy, is now in its fourth decade and mass institutional care is a thing of the…

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Was James Naylor really guilty of blasphemy?

History enthusiasts at Reading Meeting have set up a group which meets monthly to look at the life and context of Quakers from the past. A presentation is given on an individual, ‘worts and all’, followed by a discussion on how this person speaks to us today. For our fourth meeting, we will be considering…

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LGBTQ+ history month

Reading Quakers presented this online Meeting for Learning as part of LGBT+ History Month, which celebrated this aspect of our contribution towards human dignity and equality. Quakers in Britain have been campaigning for gay equality since the 1950’s, and we heard about expressions of same-sex love in Quaker journals from centuries before. The concern for gay…

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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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