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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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Taking the initiative – Quakers in Yorkshire

31 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

As part of the welcome to Yorkshire, the co-clerks of Quakers in Yorkshire told YMG of some of the initiatives and activities undertaken by Friends across the region. As well as Yorkshire-wide programmes such as combined outreach efforts and and summer schools for teenagers, Yorkshire Friends are also responsible for...

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To the grace of God…

31 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

Would you consider writing your own testimony to the grace of God as seen in your life? Would you consider producing a testimony using more than just the written word? Is the Quaker testimony to equality undermined by writing testimonies for some Friends and not others? These were just some...

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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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