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Minute Welcoming and Affirming Transgender People

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Minute from North Columbus Friends Welcoming and Affirming Transgender People

December 9, 2018

After an extended period of consideration that had included several editing changes, Friends approved the below minute that initially had been delivered to the Peace and Social Action Committee by Robb Yurisko.
North Columbus Friends Meeting testifies to the truth of the prophetic witness of Friends who have come before us declaring that that of God can be found within everyone. In modern times, we find the testimonies of early Friends even more relevant and revolutionary as each year passes.North Columbus Friends Meeting minutes our support for and affirmation of all transgender, intersex, gender-fluid, and non-binary persons. We find that unconditional love and inclusion allow the fullest Light into our Meeting and in our lives.We invite and welcome into fellowship with us all persons so that they may share and we may be blessed by that which is of God within each of us.

This minute is also posted on FLGBTQC's site along with other Meetings' minutes.

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What is FLGBTQC?

This minute is also posted on FLGBTQC's site along with other Meetings' minutes.

What is FLGBTQC?

Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns is a Quaker faith community within the Religious Society of Friends. FLGBTQC deeply honors, affirms, and upholds that of God in all people.We seek to know that of God within ourselves and others.

We seek to express God's truth in the Quaker and in the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual/transgender communities, as it is made known to us.
It is our hope to offer an oasis to those who have been spurned by the world at large. We are learning that radical inclusion and radical love bring further light to Quaker testimony and life. Our experience with oppression in our own lives leads us to seek ways to bring our witness to bear in the struggles of other oppressed peoples.
We gather twice a year, at our Mid-Winter gathering and at the Friends General Conference Annual Gathering of Friends in the summer. At these times we worship together, discern our corporate witness through Meeting for Worship with attention to business, share our individual journeys, celebrate our lives, heal old wounds, and draw sustenance from the Spirit for our work and life in the world. After almost thirty years, we are still learning to spread love in the face of rejection and hostility and to embrace new friends. We have found faith and voice to speak truth to power and the courage to be open to new revelation.

(adapted from a minute approved 15 Second Month 1999)