Christian group nominated as ‘most gay-friendly organisation’
Posted by pozlife on November 28, 2006
A religious body rooted in Christian history has been nominated for an award as the most gay-friendly organisation in Britain.
The Quakers, also known as The Religious Society of Friends, have been proposed by readers of the Pink Paper.
Quakers are the only religious group in the award category, which also includes Amnesty International, Unison, Metropolitan Police and Age Concern.
Readers can vote via the paper and online over the next three weeks. The winner will be announced on January 11.
Neil Lazaroo of the Pink Paper said that the gay community responded to the stated Quaker belief that “to reject people on the grounds of sexual orientation is a denial of God’s creation”.
Quaker general secretary Michael Hutchinson said: “We are honoured by this nomination, and recognise and encourage the efforts of all the groups nominated.
“We hope the Pink Paper awards will stimulate others to recognise the humanity and potential in all people without pre-judgement.”
The Religious Society of Friends began in England in the 17th century by people who were dissatisfied with the existing denominations and sects of Christianity.
Traditionally George Fox has been credited as the founder or the most important early figure.
Quakers are counted among the historic peace churches. In Britain not all Friends see themselves as mainly or exclusively Christian, and many Quakers draw on a variety of spiritual sources. In this respect British Quakerism is distinct from many of its international manifestations.