The Meeting House library, located on the ground floor, is available to members and attenders whenever the Meeting House is open. It aims to hold books (and some journals and other media) on subjects of interest to Friends. The collection is divided into the following subjects:
- Quakerism (Quaker thought and practice)
- Biographies of Quakers
- Quaker history
- Quaker organisation and business practice
- Swarthmore Lectures
- Social concerns (e.g., climate change, poverty)
- Peace testimony, non-violence and conscientious objection
- Religion in general
- Bible and commentaries
- Other faiths
- Novels, poetry, etc. with a Quaker interest
Suggestions for additions are always welcome and can be given to the librarian, Paul Burton. Recent additions are on display but they can be borrowed. Notices of the latest additions and brief reviews are given below roughly once per month.
The following titles have been added to the Library recently. (The letters at the end indicate the book’s shelf location).
Barnett, Craig. Quaker renewal. The Friend Publications, 2017 Q/BAR
Guiton, Derek. The beyond within: a commentary on Through a glass darkly, David Boulton’s response to my A man that looks on glass. FeedARead, 2017 Q/GUI
Kagge, Erling. Silence in the age of noise. Viking, 2017 R/KAG
Raworth, Kate . Doughnut economics: seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist. Random House, 2017. S/RAW
Standing, Guy Basic income: and how we can make it happen. Pelican, 2017. S/STA
Weber, Andrew. The biology of wonder: aliveness, feeling and the metamorphosis of science. New Society, 2016. S/WEB
Our Friend Gisela Creed has provided this review of a recent addition to the library:
I want to tell you about this marvellous new publication by Quaker Books:
“God, words and us”, Quakers in conversation about religious differences.
It expresses beautifully the unifying principle of Quaker Faith which comes out of mutual respect for varied spiritual experiences, and how we can, and must, distil collective action of love for the world. The booklet is the result of 24 Friends of varied persuasions working together, listening hard, respecting, and validating the significance, for others, of experiences and worldviews that they do not hold themselves. These Friends were brought together last year as a “theological think-tank” in preparation for the revision of our red book asking the question: Is it possible to reframe the differing perspectives of British Quakers which are often characterised by the shorthand “theism/nontheism”, so as to be less polarised? Amongst other things they found that in order to realise the positive potential of our differences, we need to be willing to share our experiences and beliefs in a tender and listening spirit, in order to understand and appreciate what nourishes the lives of different Friends
Now all meetings throughout the country are being invited by Meeting for Sufferings to join in the conversation they started.
In Glasgow we have made a good start with last year’s “Reading Faith and Practice Groups” and this year’s explorations of Craig Barnett’s articles on Quaker renewal. And now at Area Meeting on the 13th January 2018 in Glasgow Meeting House we had a great opportunity to explore this subject further when Rhiannon Grant, who was a member of the thinktank, lead us in the afternoon session: “(Re) naming the Mystery: trying to tell the truth about God”.
A copy of the booklet is in the library, it’s also available from Quaker bookshops for £8.00
(A lengthy summary of Rhiannon’s session is included in the minutes of Area Meeting for 13 January 2018).