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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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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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