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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Out of My Mind – January/February 2015

By Colin Saxton FUM General Secretary Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. — Hebrews 10:23-24 “I don’t believe in God,” the man said to me matter-of-factly. “I don’t see any evidence of a divine being…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Let There Be Light!

By Micah Bales Web & Communications Specialist We live in an age of isolation. Even sitting together in the same room, we live in private worlds. We stare at our personal screens, separated by our own hobbies, interests and ambitions. When we do connect, it’s often through shared consumption. We find shallow unity in products, images and ideologies: the spectacle….

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FCNL spring lobby weekend

FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend

By Neil Snarr This spring 186 young adults from 27 states, 16 colleges, five high schools and 20 monthly meetings arrived in Washington D.C. for the annual Lobby Weekend sponsored by the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). The purpose of the trip was to talk with participants’ own members of Congress about repealing the 2001 Authorization for the Use…

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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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AMO Staff

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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