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Private Quaker, Public Quaker – Part 2

By Norval D. Reece Continued from Quaker Life, Nov/Dec 2014 The Society of Friends is not in great shape at the moment; we have an incredibly inspiring history with an impact on society way out of proportion to our numbers; there are some signs of new vitality and great potential — if we act on it. We are the investors….

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Belize Update from Dale Graves – January 2015

The school year is progressing and the PSE (Primary School Examination) is coming up in 8 weeks. Therefore, our teachers are putting a little more effort in preparing for this exam. This week, Wednesday, we drive our new-to-us bus out to Belmopan for the volleyball competition against three other institutions like ours. The stickers for the sides of the bus…

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Job Opening: Communications Officer – Africa Ministries Office

JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title: Communications Officer — Africa Ministries Office Department: Global Ministries, with significant participation in the Communications Department Employment Status: Full time/non-exempt This position is designated for a North American candidate who meets the following qualifications: Passionate understanding for and practical experience in holistic mission work. Cultural competence and humility, with previous cross-cultural experience strongly preferred. Willingness and ability…

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We’ve Got to Get Back to the Garden

By Katherine Murray Lately I have been thinking a lot about right and wrong, good and bad. About the ways we experience events in our lives and quickly judge them to be one or the other. I wonder whether we are shaping our experiences — for better or for worse — when we name them this way. And, if we…

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FUM News in Brief – January/February 2015

Out of the Forest to Peace By Getry Agizah, Coordinator, Friends Church Peace Teams Mt. Elgon has experienced many conflicts since Kenyan independence. These conflicts are based on tribe, land and politics. The worst violence that took place was between the years 2006-2008 and began because of a land dispute at a settlement called Chepyuk. This happened because the scheme…

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The Stranger Walking With Us

Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. — Luke 24:35 NRSV By Rita Willett Five years ago at a retreat center in North Carolina, I heard the story of the walk to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) as if for the first time. My fellow…

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Listening and Learning at FUM Triennial

By David Herendeen My decision to attend the FUM Triennial this year arose from a desire to act on a long-held concern that New York Yearly Meeting Friends remain engaged and connected with FUM. Coming to terms with my reservations (and fears), I felt I was ready now to follow through on my concern. I am thankful for the generous…

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Quaker Life – November/December 2014

Leading a Scattered People All organizations go through seasons. During the spring there is a sense of renewal and vibrant growth occurs. Spring turns to summer and more and more activities progress. As pastor of Dublin Friends Meeting in Dublin, Indiana, I have noticed that the meeting is in the season of late autumn. They are prepared for winter, yet…

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Ask Tom: Have Quaker ideas of what it means to be a leader changed over the years?

By Tom Hamm Professor of History; Archivist/Curator, Friends Collection Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana The first generation of Friends had no doubt that they had leaders. Historians argue about whether George Fox was THE leader of early Quakerism; some assert that he came to be perceived as “first among Friends” because he outlived almost all of his contemporaries and was able…

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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – November/December 2014

ANDREW Wilma George Andrew, 98, of Snow Camp, North Carolina, died August 16, 2014. Mrs. Andrew was born August 6, 1916, in Westfield, North Carolina; the daughter of Edgar and Emma (Simmons) George. Mrs. Andrew was a native of Westfield, North Carolina. Wilma was a homemaker, a member of South Fork Friends Meeting, where she was in the Genevieve Lindley…

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