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Marty Grundy is a member of Cleveland Friends Meeting. She has served widely among Friends in North America through writing and facilitating retreats and workshops, and has served as clerk of her monthly, quarterly, and yearly meetings. Marty served as recording clerk for the Religious Education and Central Committees of Friends General Conference, and was founding clerk of the committee establishing FGC's Traveling Ministries Program. Marty earned a PhD in American History from Case Western Reserve University in 1990. Her published writing includes The Evolution of a Quaker Community: Middletown Meeting, Bucks County, Pennsylvania 1750-1850, edited and annotated versions of David Ferris's memoirs and of Sandra L. Cronk's journal and writings, three monographs, contributions to 9 edited collections, and numerous articles and book reviews. Marty has been married for fifty years, with three grown children and twin grandchildren. She and her husband live in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Seeking God's Will on Same-Sex Relationships

The Experience of Cleveland Friends Meeting

Authored by Marty Grundy

Like most Christian denominations, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) has struggled with the issue of same-sex relationships. In our fallible human way Cleveland Meeting tried to follow Friends' practice of discernment to learn what God wanted our meeting to do on this issue at this time. We struggled for some eight years before experiencing the miracle of coming into unity in 1994 with what felt to us to be a "third way". Not everyone agreed, and Cleveland Meeting was disowned from the larger body of Ohio Yearly Meeting (Conservative). Rather than providing a narrative this book presents the multiplicity of documents-minutes from monthly, quarterly, and yearly meetings, reports of committees, and some letters-that record the struggle, in the hopes that readers may draw their own conclusions.

Publication Date:
1453820337 / 9781453820339
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US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Ethics

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