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Alongside our regular, public discussion forums, Ship of Fools also hosts private boards which are owned and run by individual shipmates. Each forum can only be seen and posted to when you are accepted as a member of that particular board. All the boards are listed below. Please note that joining them is at the discretion of the board owners, so talk nicely to them. Only shipmates (members of the public boards with 50+ posts) can apply to join the private boards.

Want to set up and run your own private board? Click here to find out how.

Fair Havens

This board is for discussing the impact of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (or LGBT-curious) on our spiritual lives and our relationships with God, the church, our families, our partners, etc., in a safe and respectful environment. It's also a place for support, encouragement and some fun and humor! Members who join the board agree to treat each other with respect and consideration, recognising that we may all be at different places on our journey. Apply to join this board: contact Qoheleth or EpiscoWhat.

Freedom and Song

Looking for somewhere to discuss the juxtaposition between faith and bdsm in a friendly environment? This is the place. Freedom and Song is open to those who are either curious about bdsm or are active bdsm-ers, and who wish to discuss the issues in an open and non-judgmental way. As one board member comments: "Blest be the tie that binds..." Apply to join this board: contact ecumaniac.

Hot and Shaky

A meeting place for Aussies, Kiwis and admirers of Terra Australis and the Shaky Isles; especially people who are spiritually struggling or feeling isolated in their home communities, who may like to share their spiritual journeys and be encouraged and supported by their companions on the way. Apply to join this board: contact Jimmy B.

Via Media

This board is dedicated to the proposition that discussion of specifically Anglican issues – by Anglicans, for Anglicans, and ranging from theology to tat, from surplices to sexuality, from bishops to bell ringing – does not necessarily have to be inflicted on the rest of the Ship. We hold spirited but considerate discussions of subjects such as the latest from Lambeth, and ECUSA's General Convention. Anglicans are an intensely diverse group of Christians, but we have basic principles in common. This is a place where we can explore them together. Sympathetic fellow-travelers are, of course, welcome to join us. Apply to join: contact Margaret.

Waving, Not Drowning

Here's a safe space for everyone with any kind of mental health difficulty, from depression to personality disorder, and all stations in between. It's a place for mutual support, not unwanted advice; a place where if you feel you are drowning, you can wave and others will swim alongside. It could be a lifesaver. Comments one board member: "This board is something very special and important. For many of us, what we experience and feel makes us seem like nutcases to most of the people we meet. And yet here there is likely to be someone else who has experienced something akin, or at least can empathise." Please note that for this board the requirement for joining is 100 posts on the public boards. Apply to join this board: contact Esmeralda.
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