Book Review : Gathering our Senses by Maggie Taylor-Sanders

Gathering Our Senses by Maggie Taylor-Sanders

Wild geranium like that in our front garden. Photo: Snezhka

Wild geranium like that in our front garden. Photo: Snezhka

This book is written by a Quaker on my Equipping For Ministry course and was her project for the course. It is self published and self financed with some help from her Area Meeting and is an impressive work. Maggie is a non theist but very spiritual person and this book is written from a committed Quaker perspective.

She considers the world is committed to environmental destruction and presents evidence to support this in the first section of the book. More interesting is her next sections on what a balanced sane world would be like. This very much involves a spiritual approach based on Quaker principles.

Even if you do not accept her premise of how desperate she considers the present situation is it is an interesting and thought provoking book of how we could organise a better world. Unfortunately she has few suggestions of how we can get there.

The book can be found in the Woking Meeting library.

Keith Scott

Book review : What is left of Christianity by Richard Holloway

Doubts and Loves: What is Left of Christianity by Richard Holloway
(book review by Keith Scott)

Published in 2001 and written by the ex Bishop of Edinburgh it reflects a lifetime’s thought on Christianity during which time he has swung from the evangelical to liberal perspectives. The book considers the main theological issues that Christianity has been built upon, God, sin, the Fall, sexuality amongst them and he brings in the work of many theologians and philosophers but it is a deeply personal reflection and he effectively quotes poetry when appropriate. Beautifully written. A profound yet very readable book.

He ends the book with an extract of a poem by Walt Whitman from Leaves of Grass:

This is what you should do:

Love the earth and sun and animals,

Despise riches, give alms to everyone who asks,

Stand up for the stupid and crazy,

Devote your income and labour to others, hate tyrants,

Argue not concerning God,

Have patience and indulgence toward the people,

Re-examine all you have been told I school or church or any book,

Dismiss what insults your very soul,

And your flesh shall become a great poem.


Do read it. Available in the Woking Quaker library.

Contact: Keith Scott

Quakers lay wreath for Peace on Remembrance Sunday

Woking Quakers, once again, laid a wreath of red, white and purple poppies,  as part of the civic remembrance service in Jubilee Square, on Sunday 8 November 2015. The words on wreath read : In memory of all the victims of war, including animals. WhitePoppy1024-768We pray for the day when war is abolished as a method of resolving conflict.




Talk: a pharmaceutical venture in Nepal – Sunday 27 September 2015

Jackie who gave the Nepal talk

Jackie posing in a traditional Nepali costume in the Meeting House garden

Following on from a shared lunch, Jackie Durrant gave a warm, impassioned, yet light-hearted account of her 3-year sojourn in Nepal. Jackie, a friend of Frank from Woking Meeting, worked as a Christian volunteer between 2012 and 2015, helping to establish functional pharmacy operations in and around Tansen and Pokhara.

The bulk of her work consisted of training the Nepalese pharmacists, but she found time to set up a thriving cookery club which was very beneficial in getting local women out of their restricted home environments and experience something of the outside world in a fun social setting.

Jackie is now thinking in terms of working with the many Nepalese in and around Aldershot, helping them to make sense of their prescriptions and, knowing her, to make them feel less isolated.

Changes to Monday night schedule

mandala1Hi Everyone….there is no Monday evening contemplation/meditation night on the 4th Monday in August, and no QF&P evening on the 2nd Monday in September …after that we should be back to the usual routine. Apologies for any inconvenience.