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Out Of My Mind – May/June 2014

By Colin Saxton, General Secretary Before making my home among Friends, I sojourned with churches from two other denominations. The first one took me in as I was emerging from my lowest point and loved me back to life. It was a community of healing, insufficient for the long-term, but just what I needed to begin to know and follow…

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Support Robert Wafula as Principal to Friends Theological College

We are beginning something new at FUM, something that works well for other sending organizations – pledges/faith promises. Friends United Meeting has
 not typically structured field staff support according to a pledge model, but we believe this is a critical shift toward responsibly and sustainably maintaining our field staff and empowering their ministries. We will still accept one-time gifts, but…

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Dale Graves

Dale Graves to Serve as Belize Interim Director

As Sam and Becky Barber and their family prepare to transition back to the United States, we in Friends United Meeting wish to express our profound appreciation for their ministry. Their unique gift of Christian relationships has touched many Belizeans and made a significant impact for God’s community. We also want to thank all those who have supported, accompanied and…

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FUM Announces Transition in Belize

For over 40 years, Friends United Meeting’s mission through the Belize Friends School has focused on “bridging the gap between poverty and possibility” by providing a second chance to inner-city youth who have failed in traditional educational settings. Over the past two years, FUM has been in a discernment process regarding how to more faithfully carry out our purpose statement…

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Think Outside the Bus

By Diane Raflo-Andrews Rosa whispered from the depths of silence, I am standing with you, all of you, Who wait to rest your weary bones, Who long to sit and close your eyes. On a day that changed the course of history, Her seat was not surrendered. With quiet determination, she refused To obey the established rules, Defining new ones…

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Speaking About Christ Among Friends

By Rita Willett Richmond (Virginia) Friends Meeting is part of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, dually affiliated with Friends United Meeting and Friends General Conference. Once an orthodox meeting, Richmond’s practice shifted toward liberal Quakerism in the 1960’s following the death of its last recorded minister. Changes in Richmond occurred during the same period in which the separate “Orthodox” and “Hicksite” yearly…

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A Hidden Gift

By Sarah Katreen Hoggatt For many months I’ve been wanting to try meditation or contemplative prayer as a way to spend time with God. However, as this has never been a regular practice of mine I didn’t know how to go about it. Instead of going out and researching how to pray in this way, I decided to simply curl…

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The Joy of Everyday Ministry

By Diane Andrews “For it is not you who speak but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” – Matthew 10:20 We are all ordained by God for everyday ministry. The urging of the Divine within each of us creates the potential for a spark to burst into flames of passion for Christ and the word…

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I Want To Learn Peace

By Peter Serete On November 12, 2013, very early in the morning, the temperature in Kakuma refugee camp in the desert of northern Kenya was already at 92°F, and the wind was blowing from the east at 18 miles per hour. It was very dusty and hot! I was riding on the back of a motorbike from the Friends Church…

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Gospel Re-Ordering

By Chuck Orwiler Asking ourselves how we might do ministry that speaks of Christ is an appealing inquiry. However, unless we are quite careful we can easily respond to “ministry that speaks of Christ” as a project to which we give our attention until we move on to something else. In contrast, when we study the life of Christ we…

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