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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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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