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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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Out of My Mind – September/October 2014

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary Three years ago, when the Friends United Meeting search team interviewed me for the general secretary position, I told them one of the reasons FUM should not offer me the job is that I did not know that vast majority of people who populate this Quaker community. I had traveled some among FUM Quakers…

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Joyful, Fearless and Always in Trouble!

By Colin Saxton It has been a good week at the Triennial, hasn’t it? We were enlivened by the Spirit of God. We were re-membered, one-to-another into that living reality known as the Body of Christ. And maybe, just maybe, we are little more prepared to go back into our communities ready to continue the ministry of Jesus. What do…

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Stories of Faith and Peacemaking

Panelists: Getry Agizah: Friends Church Peace Teams, Kenya Theo Stitther: Friends Committee on National Legislation Ross Hennessy: Acting director of the Quaker Voluntary Service Odalys Hernandez Cruz: Presiding clerk of Cuba Yearly Meeting Candido Quelvys Fernandez Perez: Pastor & student of Cuba Peace Institute Karla Moran: Translator Getry: Friends, I greet you in the Light of God. I promised myself…

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Turkana Friends Mission Update: August 2014

Turkana Friends Mission (TFM) was founded in the northwest corner of Kenya in order to create Christian communities for outreach, discipleship, education, peace, integrity and sustainability. Our mission’s goal is to reach, equip and energize these communities spiritually, mentally and physically. Three new churches have been established in the last few months, in the villages of Lolim, Naringelup and Kaituko….

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21 Day #wafulachallenge FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

You have questions? We have answers! 1. What do you mean by “fully-funded”? Does that mean you already have everything in hand and I should direct the rest of my pledge elsewhere? We’re asking people to make three-year pledges, and we’re counting the full value of those pledges as support raised. That means that when Robert leaves for Kenya, we…

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Reflection of Peace

By Mary Lord, Peace Panel Moderator We look to this statement given to Charles II, as the statement of our peace testimony in the 1660s: “We utterly deny all outward wars and strife, and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretense whatsoever; this is our testimony to the whole world . . . The Spirit of…

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Energizing, Equipping and Connecting for the Work of God

By Colin Saxton Good evening, Friends! It is a joy to be with you, and I am so grateful for the privilege to serve as general secretary of Friends United Meeting. I have appreciated Jim Smith’s devotional messages over the past two days and resonated with his distinction between the Living Water that is our source of life and the…

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Toward a Quaker Renaissance

By Richard J. Foster I am moved by your theme for this Triennial, “A Great People to be Gathered: in Christ, in Community, for Mission.” This theme, of course, draws from that wonderful experience when George Fox climbed Pendle Hill, with “much ado” as he put it, and there on the top of Pendle Hill looking out across the British…

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Hidden in Christ

By James Bryan Smith Good morning, Friends! Last night, if you were not there I talked about my personal passion, which is transformation into Christlikeness. I spoke a little bit last night about transformation is often thought of as something we have to do by the power of our will to change and be better people. That actually fails and…

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