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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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Quakers for climate justice

Three Friends holding banner saying 'Quakers for climate justice' on a vigil in central Reading

Quakers and others met for an hour of quiet protest in Reading town centre, to raise awareness of the climate crisis and the need for people and governments everywhere to take urgent action to reduce carbon emissions. Despite constant rain we were noticed and had good conversations with passers by – most supporting, one challenging.

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Garden party

Quakers having refreshments in our burial ground

Reading Quakers gathered for an afternoon in the Meeting House garden and burial ground. Tea and conversation were enjoyed along with Boules, Scattles and playing the musical bottle organ and (pretending we were still in the heatwave) ice cream. The afternoon finished with a Meeting for Worship in the garden.

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Heritage open day

Painting of coastal scene with mountains, which will be on display at the Reading quakers heritage exhibition

A chance to visit our historic Meeting house and art exhibition, as part of Reading’s heritage open day, Saturday 14th September, from 2-5pm. Specific events 2:15pm – talk about Quakers in Reading 3:00pm – drinks and cake 3:30pm – local Quaker writers read their work At Reading Quaker Meeting house, 2 Church Street, Reading RG1…

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