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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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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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Friends United Meeting Triennial 2014

The 2014 FUM Triennial is now underway! Read the Daily Minute for Saturday, 6/14/14 The revised version of the FUM O&P is now available. Read it here. June 11-15, 2014 Indiana Wesleyan University – Marion, Indiana   Imagine! Quakers all over the world gathered together in Christ, in Community, for Mission. Imagine! A time where we are gathered together in…

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Highlights from the 2011 FUM Triennial

• 400 Friends from nine nations and 24 American states attended • USFWI/Quaker Men’s banquet with Field Staff Becky Barber and Belize Friends School teacher Miss Candi Young • Release of the 50th anniversary issue of Quaker Life magazine • Keynote Address by outgoing General Secretary Sylvia Graves and reception honoring her nearly six years on staff with FUM • Celebration of…

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Introduction of the New General Secretary – July 30, 2011

Colin Saxton FUM General Secretary, beginning January 1, 2012 Thank you, Friends! It is a real joy to be here with you in Wilmington. It is also very humbling to be asked to serve in this role with FUM. I will say—and I hope this is okay to say—I’m also very excited about it! It’s been interesting over the last…

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Triennial Epistle

To Friends Everywhere, Greetings! On a hot, sunny day, on the lush, green, tree-lined campus of Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, USA, over 350 Friends from 28 yearly meetings and Quaker organizations gathered for the 2011 Friends United Meeting Triennial Sessions from July 27-31. We were warmly welcomed by Wilmington Yearly Meeting, greeted with an open house of the Meriam…

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Closing Minute of the 2011 FUM Triennial

Kelly Kellum, Clerk As we close the 2011 Triennial Sessions of Friends United Meeting, we celebrate the vision, the faith, and the dedication of those Friends who more than a century ago founded what is now Friends United Meeting. We celebrate also the Christian fellowship that reaches across oceans, continents, and cultures to bind us together in one family. Yet,…

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