Minute: Friends General Conference on Sexual Orientation

Friends General Conference Minute

The following minute from Friends General Conference arose out of reaction to holding the 2005 FGC Gathering in Virginia, a state that had recently passed legislation denying legal rights to individuals in same-sex relationships. The minute was approved by FGC Central Committee in October 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.