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25 September 2009

A new landscape - preview

Sarah Alldred explains how Quakers discussed spirituality and sexuality at Manchester Gay Pride

In the mystical tradition, sex is not only a personal act but an opportunity for communion with God

  • Dorothee Soelle

    Being not long after York Yearly Meeting, the timing seemed apt for Quakers to be hosting what had been a pre-planned gathering in a gay bar on Manchester’s Canal Street to explore attitudes to spirituality and sexuality
  • It was part of the week-long Gay Pride celebrations

  • For those Quakers who took part and who attended the event, the evening was as much an exploration as it was for the visitors
  • A Quaker-led discussion evening in a gay bar in Manchester was a new landscape and there was certainly an anxious buzz in the air as to what was to unfold
  • The venue was the second floor of Mantos Bar on Canal Street looking out over Manchester’s skyline; the sun was setting as the evening began
  • To welcome people, live folk music played in the background courtesy of two Quaker-supportive musicians, only a single halogen spotlight lit the room and throughout the evening the fridge behind the empty bar rattled to its own rhythm

  • Sarah Alldred

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