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20 April 2007


Faith not labels - preview

Stephen Cox of Westminster MM reflects on the recent meeting of the Quaker Lesbian and Gay Fellowship

A manor house is a great place for a detective story, so see if you can guess
  • I seriously debated not saying which Quaker group it was that gathered at Halsway, Somerset
  • We did come with a certain set of labels, and indeed there was a brief discussion on the Sunday about 'our issues' as 'that type of people'
  • But really we gathered as Friends of the Truth, and friends each of the other
  • We truly met people we barely knew in 'the things that were eternal'

  • Three Friends addressed us about their own spiritual journeys
  • Inspiring, challenging and uncomfortable stuff
  • Although they had not colluded, two broad themes jumped out: 'Is God as we understand God calling us? Do we feel a direction in our lives? When do we follow?' and whether our spirituality could survive the three Bs – busy-ness, burnout and bureaucracy
  • A third theme could have been when holding a confidence becomes living with a lie
  • A newcomer, raving about how great he had found the weekend, said 'It was about faith, not labels' and gave me my title

  • Stephen Cox

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