“We will never go back . . . .” (Except when we do.) FGC Minute on Gay-Lesbian Friends (See Also: Wichita YAF Conference)

Following up the earlier post about the involvement of FGC poohbahs with the impending Wichita YAF gathering, with its restrictive dress code and suppressive agenda.

I mentioned a minute adopted by the FGC Central Committee trumpeting their undying support for LGBTQ Friends — a commitment that utterly contradicts the Wichita gathering’s spirit and legalistic rules.

The FGC website has the full text of the minute, and an accompanying epistle sent out to all FGC Meetings. Here’s the minute (in full), from 2004:

Our experience has been that spiritual gifts are not distributed with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. Our experience has been that our Gatherings and Central Committee work have been immeasurably enriched over the years by the full participation and Spirit-guided leadership of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer Friends. We will NEVER GO BACK to SILENCING those voices or SUPPRESSING those gifts. Our experience confirms that we are ALL EQUAL before God, as God made us, and we feel blessed to be engaged in the work of FGC together.

Gertrude Stein
Fine words from 2004. Time to live up to them, I think.

(Emphasis added.

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