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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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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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Friends employ children’s workers to enhance Meetings

17 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

When a new attender joined Carlton Hill Meeting in Leeds some fifteen years ago, Friends had to think how best to look after the gaggle of small children she brought with her. The solution they settled on? Paying someone to do it

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Conference overshadowed by death

17 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

Bonnie Tinker, who was aged sixty-one, died when her bike collided with a truck near the Virginia Tech university campus. She was founder of Love Makes A Family, Inc, a group of families headed by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people.

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