On the 6th of April, we met at our new venue, St Anne’s in Salusbury Road.
One of our members, Janet Cummins, gave us a fascinating insight into the practices of Quakerism, the common name for the Religious Society of Friends. Starting with a brief history beginning in the mid-1700s, Janet described Quaker philosophy, the foundation beliefs and congregational practices. She emphasised the focus on equality in all aspects of communal life and the role of women during past centuries when these were not commonly recognised in general society. Her talk provoked a lively discussion, with our members keen to ask a wide variety of questions regarding Quakers’ wedding and funeral practices, roles in commerce, and comparisons with other organised religions across the world.