quakers

  • 26 Jan 2010

    The government has agreed to consider measures to give legal recognition to religious same-sex partnership ceremonies, after the proposal received support in the House of Lords. No religious elements are currently allowed in civil partnerships.

  • 19 Jan 2010

    The House of Lords is preparing to debate a proposal to allow the use of religious language and religious premises in civil partnerships between same-sex couples. The proposal has been welcomed by a number of faith groups.

  • 19 Jan 2010

    Australian Quakers have agreed to lobby their government for a change in the law so that same-sex couples can marry on an equal basis to mixed-sex couples. The news follows a similar decision by British Quakers last year.

  • 8 Jan 2010

    Large numbers of gay, lesbian and bisexual Christians in east Africa are accepting their sexuality while continuing to live out their faith, according to the Other Sheep network, which supports gay Christians around the world.

  • 6 Dec 2009

    A major study of public perceptions of Quakerism in Britain has produced mixed results, with large numbers of people having heard of Quakers but with confusion over some basic questions of identity.

  • 24 Nov 2009

    Moral relativism, confusion and cynical resignation to the pressures of realpolitik bring apathy in their train, says Jill Segger. Truthfulness is about a different and hopeful way of living.

  • 12 Nov 2009

    In the latest challenge to what many see as unfair marriage laws, a straight couple are attempting to register for a civil partnership. They say that a choice of marriage or civil partnership should be open to all couples, regardless of sexuality.

  • 11 Nov 2009

    Simplicity is perhaps best understood as appropriate living, says Jill Segger. It is about owning and using only what is necessary and not being seduced by that which is dangled before us by advertisers and arbiters of style.

  • 21 Oct 2009

    To follow in the way of Jesus should make rank and status irrelevant, says Jill Segger, in the second of a series on Quaker values. Our equal value and dignity before God can re-shape our relationships with each other.

  • 8 Oct 2009

    It has been well said that peace is not the absence of noise, trouble or hard work – rather it is to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart, says Jill Segger in the first of a series on the Quaker Testimonies.