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A Preliminary Report of the 40 Days of Prayer & Day of Discernment

Received by the General Board of Friends United Meeting on February 9, 2013 The Restructuring Committee of Friends United Meeting is thankful to the many Friends who joined in the “40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends” and participated in the Day of Discernment. The committee considers it a blessing to review the reports and responses received from…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 40: FUM Day of Discernment

A GREAT PEOPLE TO BE GATHERED — IN CHRIST, IN COMMUNITY, FOR MISSION FUM Day of Discernment Over the past forty days, many of us in the Friends community have joined together in an intense and intentional season of prayer, listening, and conversation. We trust this time has enriched and enlivened your experience of Christ. We pray it has deepened…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 39: Gathered for Mission

Friends United Meeting On each Saturday of the 40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends, we focus on some particular people and projects central to the shared work and witness of FUM. At the start of this 40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends, you were encouraged to imagine possibilities arising from the several hundreds of…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 38: Gathered for Mission

As Ones Who Seek A World Restored The Ramallah Friends School mission is certainly a perfect example of how FUM seeks to restore the world to what God intended it to be—a world where peace, equality, and justice for all people prevails. We are certainly not there yet with injustice, corruption, torture, wars, and poverty surrounding our daily lives. While…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 37: Gathered for Mission

As Ones Who Walk Gently Upon The Earth As I write this devotional, the calendar on my desk announces that Earth Day is fast approaching. Oh, how our earth calls out for and desperately needs actions that will heal and renew creation! Our New York Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice helps focus and define our effort to respond to that…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 36: Gathered for Mission

As Ones Who Speak The Truth In the Gospel of Mark 7:1-23, the Scribes and Pharisees criticized Jesus because his disciples bought food in the market and ate it without performing the required ritual washing of their hands and food. Jesus responded that the Pharisees were hypocrites who had put human rules and traditions above God’s commandments. They observed elaborate…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 35: Gathered for Mission

As Ones Who Continues Jesus’ Mission Luke 10:1-20 tells the story of Jesus equipping seventy-two followers to go ahead of him and minister in his name. Interestingly, the first instruction in his commissioning speech is for this team to pray for more laborers. They haven’t even started their journey, and Jesus is already telling them to pray for more workers…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 34: Gathered for Mission

As Ones Who Let Their Light Shine From 1984-89, I had the privilege of staying close to Elizabeth Kasiti, my grandmother. To raise money for my personal use, I engaged in activities like burning charcoal, growing various kinds of vegetables, and rearing pigs. Since I am not good at keeping money, I gave it to my grandmother to keep for…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 32: Gathered for Mission

FUM Richmond On each Saturday of the 40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends, we focus on some particular people and projects central to the shared work and witness of FUM. For many of us, “missions” is something that happens in a foreign place by people called and gifted in a specific way. A more biblical perspective might…

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 33: Gathered for Mission

Fellowship Group, Week 5 Gathered in Christ for Mission: “So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere” (Luke 9:6) Gathering (10 minutes) This is the last Fellowship Group meeting in this 40 Days of Prayer series. This does not mean your gatherings should come to an end. Spend several minutes at…

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