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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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First-Time Attender, Long-Time Listener

By Steve Olshewsky As we know far too well, there is much more work to be done than we will ever complete. We pray for help with all that could be done, not just locally, but around the world in which we live. The FUM Triennial was a great way to catch up with so many of God’s harvesters —…

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Formed into the Image of Christ

By James Bryan Smith It is an honor to be with you tonight. I am a United Methodist. You might think I am an interloper here. When my friend and colleague, Erwin Stanley, sent me an email and invited me to this event, my heart was strangely warm. My life at Friends University introduced me, certainly, to the writings of…

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Visit and Celebrate with Cuba Yearly Meeting

Join Friends in Cuba in celebration of Cuba YM’s founding Visit among Friends Meetings in eastern Cuba and celebrate the founding of Cuba Yearly Meeting. This week with Cuba Yearly Meeting will provide an opportunity to be immersed in the rhythm and hum of Quaker worship in the sanctuary and on the street. The WORK of this group will be…

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Video: Learn About the Education for Esther Project!

“My name is Eden, and I’d like you to meet some Kenyan girls who want to go school. They come from the Samburu and Turkana communities, where girls don’t have much of a chance to attend high school.” “There’s a lot of poverty in these parts of Kenya; most families can’t afford to pay for their children to go to…

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FUM News in Brief – March/April 2014

Summer Mission Project Update Teacher for Teachers The FUM 2013 Summer Mission Project Teacher for Teachers, has raised over $10,000 to support the work of Zadock Malesi as he supports the Friends Schools in Kenya. Contributions are still being received for this important ministry. We are half way to our goal! The Blessing of Caring for One Another Every now…

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FUM Announces Africa Ministries Field Officer Position

Position Announcement Friends United Meeting Field Officer—Africa Ministries Office Friends United Meeting (FUM) is reopening the search for qualified applicants from North America to serve as Field Officer in the Africa Ministries Office. This full-time, Kisumu, Kenya-based staff person will receive a competitive salary, including benefits. A successful applicant for this position will possess: o Passionate understanding for and practical…

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Summer Mission Project 2014

Goal: $20,000 When Eden Grace first visited Lokoyo Friends Primary School (Turkana, Kenya), there were no girls in Standard Eight (8th grade). Standard One (1st grade) was evenly split, but along the way, the girls drop out. They drop out because: • Parents can’t afford to send them. • Parents need them to work in the home. • Girls don’t…

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Energized and Equipped

April 2014 Dear Friends, Since I began work with FUM, I can’t tell you how many times I have heard some variation of the question, “Hey! Do you think Friends United Meeting can give us a hand with this?” Whether the “this” is leadership training, curriculum materials, support for struggling meetings/churches, improving communication and outreach or helping to facilitate service and visitation opportunities, the FUM…

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