Quaker Reading GroupThe Quaker Reading Group (QR) meets in the afternoon twice a month in individuals’ homes. Because the group meets during the daytime, it is made up primarily of retired people, although all are welcome. In addition to providing stimulating conversation, QR plays an important role in the fabric of Monadnock Meeting by nurturing ongoing community among its participants. We read a variety of books, with the majority having a religious theme. Whoever suggests the book usually offers an introduction. After that, we take turns reflecting on our feelings and observations about the book.
Among recent readings:
(Quaker History) Portrait In Grey:A Short History Of The Quakers, by John Punshon; Friends For 350 Years, by Howard Brinton, historical update by Margaret Hope Bacon;
(Issues of the Day) The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East, by Sandy Tolan; Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali;
(General Interest) A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, by Karen Armstrong.
At times we also read from the Friends Journal, a monthly Quaker publication that often bases several articles on a single theme such as peace, aging, marriage, simplicity.