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Catholic Commentary: Quakers and lesbian/gay "marriage"
I have some additional comments that might help clarify the situation. The homosexual issue was expected. All these epistles were posted on the wall outside the main auditorium where we met. On the fourth day, someone tore down this epistle. The next morning after the opening worship and reflection on the theme, Liz Gates from Lancaster [PA] Meeting in the US and clerk of the conference committee, came to the podium and said that Friends were breaking her heart with this act of hate and violence. She was aware that there were strong differences in opinion on this subject as well as many others, but that everyone was a child of God. When she finished, most of the white folks clapped vigorously, while most of the Africans didn't clap.
A testimony of divine grace: Quakers and same-sex marriage
F ollowing the decision by the Religious Society of Friends on Friday to become the first historic church to say "yes" to same-sex marriages, Saturday's Guardian ran an editorial entitled In Praise of.. It highlighted the long history of Quaker trail-blazing — in the reform of prisons and the treatment of the mentally ill, in campaigns against the slave trade, in pioneering businesses that cared for their worker, etc. What the piece had no space to mention was Quaker decision-making.
Quakers, members of the Religious Society of Friends, marry without a lot of fanfare. Often referred to as the silent ceremony, Quaker weddings differ from the traditional Protestant ceremony in four significant ways: there is no officiant; no giving away of the bride; a wedding certificate is signed; and there is a long period of silent, open worship after which those attending may speak on the couple's behalf. Want to know more? Here's your step-by-step guide to the Quaker ceremony.