A Prayer in response to the shootings at Pulse in Orlando

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers)

“How deeply we are connected.”

A Prayer in response to the shootings at Pulse in Orlando.

Friends believe there is that of God in all people. To intentionally harm another—with our actions, our words, or our policies—is to separate ourselves from God. We are here to love one another and to be loved as God loves us, and as Jesus teaches. We are not whole without each other.

To those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual and queer, whose place of safety has again been targeted and attacked, we stand with you in love. We pray for love big enough to hold us all.

We seek to create a world in which all people are unconditionally loved and cared for, as God unconditionally loves and cares for each of us.

We call on people of all faiths, and no faith, to recommit to the work of ending homophobia and transphobia within our faith communities, our neighborhoods, and our nation. The rhetoric of exclusion, of separateness, and of hate creates a culture that gives rise to acts of terror. We know the power of God’s love is great and that we are called to make manifest that love in the face of hate. We believe that God never calls any person, communion or community to hate or to engage in violence.

We know God’s love extends fully and unconditionally to all who are GLBTIAQ, to all who are Latinx, to all who are Muslim, to all who some in our culture would denigrate or deny full humanity.

We stand with all those who call for this moment in our nation to be a catalyst for greater love, stronger community, and a justice that heals and unites. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that (Martin Luther King).

Fritz Weiss,  Presiding Clerk

Sarah Gant, Clerk of Permanent Board

Supporting the work of Orlando Quakers

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Friends,

Orlando Quakers invite Friends across the country to have silent worship at a common time, 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14th 2016, whether in your homes or in your meetinghouses.

Here are links for additional information about two local LGBTQ+ non-profit community organizations in Orlando that do amazing work: Zebra Foundation (http://zebrayouth.org) and The Center (http://www.thecenterorlando.org/). They are well run (I know folks who work at both places) and are always in need of financial support, if you have the means to offer such material assistance. Both of these are within 1 to 2 miles of our Orlando meetinghouse, and very much a part of our immediate community.

We will need to continue working together to discern way forward as monthly meetings, yearly meetings, and an FLGBTQC community in the coming days, weeks, and months. In the meantime, know that we are so very grateful for the love and light everyone has offered to Orlando Quakers,

In peace,

–Stephanie Preston (scpreston@yahoo.com)