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FUM News in Brief – November/December 2014

An Interview with Darcel Murray and Candi Young By Dale Graves Darcel is the second teacher in the Belize Friends School classroom in the mornings and supports Candi. In the afternoons Darcel teaches language arts and social studies. Candi teaches in the mornings and serves as Acting Principal. Dale Graves: (I knew that Darcel lives on the south side now,…

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Silent Night, 1914

By Charles David Kleymeyer, PhD Christmas Eve 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of a remarkable event in the history of war and peace. Across two-thirds of the British-German front, and along the French and Belgian fronts as well, as the early months of that terrible and ironic “War to End All Wars” drew to a close, soldiers and officers…

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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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2015 Chain of Prayer

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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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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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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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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