‘An oasis of calm’: Quakers broadcast 30 minutes of silence

Source: The Guardian

Podcast of quiet Nottingham group gathering, inspired by BBC’s ‘slow radio’ season, clocks 400 tune-ins

The Silent Special podcast featured the ambient sounds of a clock ticking and rain falling.
 The Silent Special podcast featured the ambient sounds of a clock ticking and rain falling. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

It’s not the most obvious subject for a podcast, but a group of young Quakers in Nottingham have recorded their 30-minute silent meeting so as to share their “oasis of calm” with the world.

In an episode of the monthly Young Quaker Podcast, called the Silence Special, you can hear a clock ticking, pages being turned and the rain falling, as the group meets and sits in silence at the Friend’s Meeting House in Nottingham.

Quakerism was founded in the 17th century by the dissenter George Fox during the years of Puritan England. The group’s meetings are characterised by silence, which is occasionally broken when someone present feels the urge to speak, say a prayer or offer a reading.

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2 replies

  1. My parents had a quaker friend, a very nice lady. And I did my internship in UK in a company owned by a quaker. He gave away 90 % of the shares to his workers (in a trust). Who can do better ? (google: Scott Bader Commenwealth).

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