About Hammersmith Quakers
Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.
Isaac Pennington 1667, Quaker Faith and Practice 10.01
We are a small, active Meeting of children and adults – young and not so young. Our members and attenders include social workers, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, shop workers, job seekers, computer programmers, writers, active retirees, an actress, a composer and opera singer. Most of us have come from equally diverse non-Quaker and Quaker backgrounds and have found our spiritual home here. The silence and the deepening spirituality it nurtures and the friendship of our inclusive community ‘spoke to our conditions’.
Our members are an active lot. We have study groups which explore topics like the Parables, lives and writings of early Quaker, Eastern Religions, post-Holocaust Judaism, and leading more compassionate lives. In the days following 9 11, we held a joint faith meeting for silent worship with representatives of local Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities. We also cook Bolivian dinners to raise money for Quaker Bolivia water projects and scholarships, and the friskier among us lead communal hikes.
We don’t look like the man on the front of the Quaker Oats box!