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Great Plains Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends Friends (GPYM) is a fellowship of Quaker meetings and worship groups in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. GPYM is a diverse yearly meeting, embracing Friends from a broad spectrum of faith and practice. As a yearly meeting, we are part of Friends United Meeting. Three of our local meetings are also dually affiliated with Friends General Conference. Our unity is the Spirit of Christ, who gathers us together in love and will show us our way forward
as we humbly seek to know and live God's will for us.
We believe all people can have a direct relationship with the Living Christ. Based on our experience of Christ's present-day teaching, we bear witness to the testimonies of Friends, including:
· Truth: we are called to directness and honesty in action and word,
remaining open to new things God has to teach us.
· Simplicity: we keep our attention on Christ's present guidance,
avoiding that which distracts us from Him.
· Peace: we seek to lead lives that demonstrate the love that God has for each of us,
working to remove the causes of war.
· Equality: we uphold the dignity of all people.
· Stewardship: we hear and seek to obey Christ's command to respect his creation - to care for
our land, water and all living things.
From: GPYM Ministry & Counsel
To: Great Plains Yearly Meeting
May 31, 2019
Subject: Statement of Inclusion, approved 4:50 p.m., 5-31-2019
We of Great Plains Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends recognize there is that of God in every person, and as people of faith and followers of Christ, we know that the tapestry of humanity is woven with the varied threads of God’s beloved people.1 Different and alike, we are all God’s creations. God calls us to love one another as God loves us.2 Our views are informed by scripture and our own experience of God’s love and grace. Thus, we affirm that people of any race, ethnicity, religious belief or nonbelief, nationality, socio-economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical capacity are welcome in our midst and are invited to fully participate if the life of Great Plains Yearly Meeting. Our Quaker testimonies of equality, peace and community inspire our goal to extend grace, inclusion and love to all.
1 John 3:16-17
2 Mark 12:31; Matthew 5:43-47; John 15:12-14; 1 John 4:7-12; Galatians 3:28-29 & 5:5-6