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Abraham and Isaac: A Pacifist Story?

By William H. Mueller God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, your beloved Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, where you are to offer him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I shall point out to you.’ Genesis 22:2 [New Jerusalem Bible]) The first test of faith in the Bible is the story of…

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Where Does Quaker Leadership Come From?

It Has Seemed Good to the Holy Spirit and to Us: The Wellspring of Quaker Leadership By Dorlan Bales Has the Quaker approach to leadership and authority been remarkable since the earliest days of the movement? Absolutely! Rather than look primarily to tradition, human hierarchy, intellectual arguments or the translations and interpretations of inspired writings; the Society of Friends has put…

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Christmas Health Kits for Belize

One of the fun things to do as Christmas approaches is to create shoebox gift packages for those children who wouldn’t otherwise get gifts at Christmas. For several years a few meetings have done this for Belize Friends School, and the children in the school look forward to receiving these gifts. After all, it very well may be the only…

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Urgent Update & Prayer Request from Kenya Quakers

11/4/2014 BREAKING: African Quakers face threat of violence as S. Sudanese war spills into Kenya refugee camp Kakuma Refugee Camp, in the remote desert region of Turkana in northwestern Kenya, is over-crowded and under-serviced. Nearly 200,000 people are essentially imprisoned in the camp, without the freedom to leave and seek work or education in Kenya. Even at the best of…

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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – September/October 2014

BRYAN Margueritte Elaine Bryan, known to friends and family as Marbie, passed away peacefully in Tucson, Arizona, on January 14, 2013. Born in Hutchinson, Kansas on September 18, 1930, she was the youngest of four children born to George Wilson Bryan and Maude Alice Vancil Bryan. Marbie seemed to develop some significant concepts at a very early age. She spoke…

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Chain of Prayer 2015

Dear Friends, All around the world, we are linked to other Friends through our common membership in Friends United Meeting. On a much deeper and important level, however, we are knit together by the shared presence of Christ’s Spirit within us. We have been gathered together in the Body of Christ in the hope we will walk in harmony with…

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My Visit to Baragoi in Samburu North

By Sammy Letoole In mid-May 2014 I went to Baragoi (Kenya), which is approximately 200 kilometres north of Samburu central. I went with my family to visit the church and my in-laws who live there. Baragoi is a dry place, more so than Samburu central. Both the Samburu and the Turkana people live there and have been fighting for many…

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A Spontaneous Prayer

By Ruthie Tippin Lord, God, some of us know you by only one name. And, we treasure that name and we treasure that relationship. We can only see you as being that name. Lord God, you are known by so many names. You are such fullness. You are over all, above all, in all and through all. And you cannot…

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FUM News in Brief – September/October 2014

Kaptama Health Centre Vision Camp on Mt. Elgon, Kenya By John Muhanji It was a moment when the dark mountain became bright and nature could be seen from its true colors — a moment when a cloudy atmosphere disappeared from the face of Julius who now saw his wife differently. Julius’s eye sight was invaded by cataracts many years ago….

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Meanderings and Musings – September/October 2014

By Annie Glen – Communications Editor My husband possess a unique ability to know what direction he needs to go to get to any destination he wishes. Most generally, he doesn’t need a map. Unlike me, he never gets lost. I, on the other hand, could be placed within a cardboard box with the instructions, “Go to the upper right…

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