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Unexpected visitor

swift held gently in a hand, in our Main meeting room

There was fluttering behind one of walls during Reading Quakers’ meeting for worship today. Investigations revealed a frightened swift, that had fallen down the shaft that gives access to the roof. Swifts can’t take off from the ground even if they are outdoors, and certainly not from the bottom of a shaft. Thankfully one of…

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What do the EU elections mean?

EU flag

Not sure what different EU parliamentary groups stand for? Unclear about how your vote counts? Our display and talk can help! You’ll get the broad view of the different groups by seeing all their manifestos together. And we’ve also each group about issues of particular concern to Quakers – peace, migration & asylum, the environment…

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Can we cap global warming at 1.5 degrees?

Multicolour image from the cover of the IPCC 1.5 degrees report

What will happen if this cap is not achieved and warming reaches 2 degrees? An opportunity to hear directly from Professor Michael Grubb, an academic and major contributor in the field of global warming and the resulting economic picture, who will lead a discussion on the special report from the International Panel on Climate Change…

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Vigil in solidarity with Christchurch

sketch of mosque with words 'hate has no place here'

One week after the massacre of Muslims at Friday prayers in New Zealand, stand with others in solidarity against hate and for peace. Vigil outside Reading Town Hall, Friday 15 March, 5-6pm. Refreshments and conversation afterwards at Abu Bakr Mosque, Oxford Road, from 6:15pm. All individuals and community groups are warmly invited to join.

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Signs of spring

Carpet of purple crocuses among the gravestones in Reading burial ground, with a swing hanging from the oak tree over them

Spring is all around, and the Reading Quaker burial ground is particularly beautiful with a carpet of purple crocus under the oak tree and among the gravestones.

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Pericles – All at Sea

The two actors of Multi Storey theatre performing Pericles

In this production from multi story theatre, a pair of story-tellers evoked a world in which a young girl was sold to a brothel; in which conflict and famine were devastating parts of Syria, Lebanon and Turkey; in which a fisherwoman found bodies tangled in  her nets; and in which the kindness of strangers saved those…

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In Our Hands

Farmer looking at a field of grain

How nine farmers seized the ‘Brexit’ moment to outgrow an outdated food system. This film explored their daily reality and refusal to be ground down by the machinery of big agribusiness. It revealed the wisdom of the old and the innovations of the young, who are bringing back the worm to the soil, the ‘culture’…

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Mindfulness walk for new students

Pink blossom (sorry, don't know its name) photographed on 7 January 2019 in the Reading University Harris garden

New students joined Angela, our Quaker chaplain, for a ‘Mindfulness winter walk’  in the lovely Harris Garden on Friday 25 January. They took photos on their phones to help focus on seeing the wonders of nature, and shared them over a glass of mulled apple punch when the walk was over.

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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 did enjoy a few mince pies and carols together. However, led by our belief in equality, peace and justice…

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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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