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Ubuntu – All because of you, I am

31 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

Ubuntu is the Junior Yearly Meeting theme this year, a Swahili word for the concept of interlinked humanity. Similar to the Yearly Meeting theme of ‘creating community, creating connections’, but somehow not identical, it is much like how Junior Yearly Meeting is running alongside Yearly Meeting Gathering, but remaining somewhat...

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Love in a time of Christianity

31 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

Among many of the mainstream churches in Britain, there is something of a tendency to reject gay marriage corporately, while leaving a considerable degree of leeway for individual churches to diverge from this position.

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Think global

31 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

Growing up as a Jew, I saw some very different faces of community. The Torah tells us to love the stranger ‘for you were strangers in Egypt’. My mother taught me that Jews were called by experience to live out a deeply moral and inclusive vision of a better world....

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Answering that of God with ‘Yes… and’, not ‘Yes… but’

31 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

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Jennifer Barraclough gave the keynote speech on ‘Creating community’ Facing a Central Hall packed with over a thousand all-age Gatherers, already two-and-a-half days into creating its own community, representing a diverse range of home communities and supported by thousands of dedicated person-hours of preparation, Jennifer Barraclough, Monday’s keynote speaker,...

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Connecting to the Spirit

31 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

Rachel Muers delivered prepared ministry on connecting to the Spirit “When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him”

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Committed Relationships

31 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

How should Friends celebrate and recognise committed relationships? And what revisions of Quaker faith & practice would follow from this to include same sex partnerships? Colin Billett began Britain Yearly Meeting’s discussions by sharing his personal experience of committed relationships in his family and wider community. Here are some...

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Committed Relationships

31 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

It is a rare and privileged experience to take part in Yearly Meeting (YM) when it takes a major decision. It is also difficult to report, because the process of convincement that many Friends present will have experienced, as the Meeting came into unity, will have been different for each...

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The power of community

24 July 2009 | by The Friend | 0 comments

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Methodists commit to 80% emissions reduction by 2050

24 July 2009 | by The Friend | 0 comments

We are all complicit in the systems that lead to the sin of climate change, the Methodist Church has stated.

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Your Friend at YMG

24 July 2009 | by The Friend | 0 comments

Monday lunchtime at Yearly Meeting Gathering (YMG) will see the Friend’s article surgery, at which our staff will be helping budding writers put their ideas onto paper. The two-hour drop-in session will begin with the Friend team explaining what they do, followed by questions and answers about how to...

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