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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! Reading Quakers will have a Christmas celebration and shared lunch after Meeting for worship on Sunday 23rd December, and will…

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Who will clean up Bhopal?

Photo of the shanty-town of Bhopal with the Union Carbide pesticide plant still towering in the background

The water supply in Bhopal is still contaminated thirty-four years after the gas leak from the Union Carbide/Dow pesticide plant. Come to see the documentary ‘Bhopali’ and hear from Colin Toogood of the Bhopal Medical appeal. 7:30pm, Wednesday 17th October, Reading Quaker meeting house, 2 Church Street, Reading, RG1 2SB A Reading International Festival event,…

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What can we do?

two people discussing a 'what can we do' meeting, over a cup of tea

Can silence be a vehicle for social change? Join Quakers, in expectant silence, to ask “what can we do in these uncertain times?” Followed by conversation and afternoon tea. 3pm on Sunday 21st October, at Reading Quakers (Religious Society of Friends), 2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB This Reading International Festival event is part of Reading…

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What makes Quakers tick?

Craft activities, talks, food, poppies, Meeting house tours and special Meetings for worship – there was something for everyone during Quaker week 2018.  Don’t worry if you missed these events – you are always welcome at the seven local Quaker meetings in the Mid Thames Area : follow the links at the top of this…

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Family crafts day

Once again, family crafts proved a smash hit with over 40 families taking part on 6th October. Parachute games, card making, colouring in, play-doh, and throwing pots on a real potter’s wheel. Held at Reading Quaker meeting house – keep a lookout for future events.  

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Welcome Reading Uni freshers

Chaplaincy centre: photo credit Reading University

Curious about Quakerism, or just fancy some good food and company? Then drop into a chaplaincy freshers week event and meet our friendly Quaker chaplain, Angela. She’ll be at the Chaplaincy centre for soup lunches on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th September from 1-2pm and a barbeque on Wednesday 26th from noon-2pm, and at the…

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Art and more for Reading’s Heritage weekend

Reading Meeting House and burial ground

Visitors were welcomed at Reading’s Grade II listed Quaker Meeting house, enjoyed our art exhibition, and had the opportunity to learn how our garden and burial ground have evolved and how they are maintained to encourage urban wildlife. This free Heritage weekend event was on Saturday 8th September.

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Radical Reading

A picture of Abbey Baptist Church, Reading

Three Reading faith groups (Abbey Baptists, St Giles Anglicans and Reading Quakers) took a radical step towards religious tolerance, by joining together on the evening of 7th September, to learn about, and celebrate, their independent traditions.

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Our latest Mid Thames Quakers’ newsletter..

The new noticeboard outside Wokingham Quaker meeting house

..is full of summer news from around the area. There’s Newbury Quakers’ nail-biting knockout in a Christian Aid skittles competition; Maidenhead Quakers learning about an ‘Equipping for ministry’ course; Wokingham Quakers raising their profile with a new notice board;  ‘singing for joy’ with Wallingford Quakers; Henley Quakers welcoming crowds to their open garden; new attenders…

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Understanding truth

Quakers & Peace poster

Truth has many facets. Forty people came to a public event at Reading Quaker meeting house to explore our understanding of truth, with five invited presentations. Periods of stillness before and after each presentation allowed space for questions to the speakers to arise. Vanessa Bird, co-editor, New Internationalist spoke about the complexity of understanding truth, and the…

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