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Finding Unity Around Inclusion of Gay Christians

What process did your meeting use to find unity concerning a minute of inclusion? Editor’s Note: These two essays are intended to be considered – and discussed! – together. Once you have had the opportunity to read both, we encourage you to share your comments here, on this page. Linda Daniel, clerk of Muncie Monthly Meeting of Friends Memorial Meeting…

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Unity and the Reconfiguration of Indiana Yearly Meeting

What process did your meeting use to find unity concerning what to do about the Indiana Yearly Meeting Reconfiguration recommendation? Editor’s Note: These two essays are intended to be considered – and discussed! – together. Once you have had the opportunity to read both, we encourage you to share your comments here, on this page. Amy Dennis, a member of…

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Unity In Indiana Yearly Meeting

By Amy Dennis I grew up in Indiana Yearly Meeting. As a child I learned of the great things Quakers accomplished in the past through their personal faith in Christ Jesus. Early on I was taught to read and memorize scripture and to apply it to my life. I experienced great times of worship, heard the gospel and, at Quaker…

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A Community Of Refugees

By Michael D. Sherman Raysville is an interesting place. In many ways it is a prototypical small Friends meeting, aging, struggling with issues of viability and sustainability. I have been their pastor for almost nine years, now. They hired me deliberately as a young man to reach out to a younger demographic, at that point the meeting’s foundation rested in…

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Staying In Unity

By Linda Daniel I have been asked to describe the process by which Friends Memorial Church in Muncie came to unity on how we regard non-heterosexual relationships. I’m struggling to find a starting point. The monthly business meeting at Friends Memorial Church did not actively participate in the early discussions of whether or not to affirm gay/lesbian relationships. To most…

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Witnessing to a Loving and Inclusive Community

By Michael D. Levi As I had forsaken the priests, so I left the separate preachers also, and those esteemed the most experienced people; for I saw there was none among them all that could speak to my condition. And when all my hopes in them and in all men were gone, so that I had nothing outwardly to help…

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