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Quakers and Sex: A Call to Embrace Sexual Diversity

Interview 6 Comments

Su Penn on Quakers and sex: “Quakers are uniquely qualified to transform how we deal with sex and sexuality in our culture .”

Comments 6

  1. Chester Kirchman

    Su Penn, you have an excellent piece on Quaker Sex. Many aspects of Quaker life needs to be viewed, from this point of what is appropriate for each of us, without infringing upon others. Thank you and may the Spirit of life be with you.

  2. Bill Mize

    Su’s talk here, was excellent. On the general level, however, the topic can appear too easy. I would like to see some commentary on the issue of fidelity as it relates to sexuality in a loving relationship. What is the meaning of a loving relationship where fidelity is, or is not, practiced? In particular, when it is not practiced – which is the more difficult case. So far, I have not been able to accept sexual behavior that is hurtful to the loved one, when it means taking on a 3rd lover, for example. Yet I know many couples who do this, claim to be able to do so and remain happy in the primary relationship. Please comment on this. What I have learned in life, is ‘yes, you can love two people honestly and sincerely at the same time; but you can’t love two people well (at the same time – because of the inability to meet their needs or because of the loss of some covenant established in the past)” I’m interested in the comments of those who think they can or do, and particularly comments from the one who is not engaged in the ‘third’. Please understand, I am not advocating for, or against, one side in this issue; this is an inquiry where I am seeking clear thinking about loving solutions to difficult problems.

  3. Frank Satterwhite

    Thank you Su Penn for your consideration on a “Quaker view of Sex” – to bring up an English title from 50 years ago. One thing I was struck by was that you seemed to have no point of view – other than that sexuality and sexual exploration should be supported among us. I did not have any sense of your sexual orientation – I felt blessed by this. It is none of my business and should not in any way affect my reception of your message. I am 79 and have been a Friend for 55 years. I am beginning to winnow away many of the negative voices around sex that I was brought up with. Your comments moved me further and encouraged me in the light.

  4. Constant Gardener

    City & State
    Mayaguez, PR
    I have 2 questions:

    1) Do Quakers use the Bible?

    2) Are Quakers Christians?

  5. Mateusz

    A lot of quakers are christians, but not all. Quakers are open for a lot of faiths. For some quakers Bible is the most important part of their religious life, for some another no. Of course Jesus told that we are all equal in the Name of God. All people should be treaten equally homo, hetero, bi. Homophobia it is kind of unjustice and big mistake. It was made by Jews, who were desert tribe. In my opinion it is not worth. I’m catholic for example but I collect a lot of knowledge about quaker community, which I enjoy. Sorry for mistakes but I writing from Poland so english is not my native language. I even never been in any Anglo-Saxon country.

  6. Mateusz

    A lot of quakers are christians, but not all. Quakers are open for a lot of faiths. For some quakers Bible is the most important part of their religious life, for some another no. Of course Jesus told that we are all equal in the Name of God. All people should be treaten equally homo, hetero, bi. Homophobia it is kind of unjustice and big mistake. It was made by Jews, who were desert tribe. I’m catholic for example but I collect a lot of knowledge about quaker community, which I enjoy. Sorry for mistakes but I writing from Poland so english is not my native language. I even never been in any Anglo-Saxon country.

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