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Israel/Palestine: ‘All of us together, without hatred, without fear’

14 August 2009 | by Clare Bat Dimyon | 0 comments

Young Moldovan LGBT create a vigil for LGBT in Israel in Chisinau, the capital city. | Iulia Marcinschi

Clare Bat Dimyon responds to the shooting of young people in Tel Aviv who were coming to terms with their sexuality My elation and joy at hearing that Britain Yearly Meeting had decided to adopt the same processes for the reporting of same-sex partnerships died less than twenty-four hours later...

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q-eye: Eye on the media

07 August 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

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Same-sex marriages in Canada since 2005

07 August 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

Same-sex marriage in Canada was legalised as a result of court cases in which provincial or territorial justices ruled existing bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Full legalisation occurred on 20 July 2005, although same-sex couples had been obtaining marriage licences before then. Provinces and territories, which have jurisdiction over marriage issues, had...

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A view of Yearly Meeting Gathering

FREE 07 August 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

This has been an extraordinary Yearly Meeting. Not just because it has combined Junior Yearly Meeting, Summer Gathering and Yearly Meeting into a single event, not just because of the subject matter or the numbers participating. Above all, it has been a supreme vindication of our business method well used,...

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What have we done?

07 August 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

The Friends in the Yearly Meeting sessions on committed relationships this year were engaged in doing theology. Quaker theology is a process as well as an outcome. What we do is to start with our experience, reflect on where within it we find the Spirit of God leading us, test...

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Commitment to change

07 August 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

From a talk by Colin Billett, to a creative listening session, to a Meeting for Worship for Business to the full Britain Yearly Meeting session, committed relationships have been a theme that have recurred throughout Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) this year. They have, of course, been an issue that was...

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Some views from outside

07 August 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

Understandably, the decision by British Quakers to allow same-sex marriages won praise from groups and individuals campaigning for gay rights. Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner and Green Party candidate in Oxford, told the Friend that ‘the Quakers’ decision to open up marriage to same-sex couples, on exactly the same basis...

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Minutes of BYM

07 August 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

Minute 23 of Britain Yearly Meeting, 31 July 2009 Further to minute 17 (see below), a session was held on Tuesday afternoon at which speakers shared personal experiences of the celebration and recognition of their committed relationships. These Friends had felt upheld by their meetings in these relationships but regretted that whereas there was...

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Quakers make historic decision on same sex marriage

31 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

The Religious Society of Friends, more commonly known as Quakers, agreed on 31 July to conduct same sex marriages in their Meeting houses and to push for these to be recognised by the state. An earlier session on the subject recorded strong support in favour of changing from the current position,...

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Lessons from the language of life

31 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

So said David Cadman at the launch of his book Holiness in the Everyday. Instead, he explained, dwelling in prayer, in the depths of silence, enable us to find the ways to change things.

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