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Global Ministries of Friends United Meeting

Friends United Meeting includes 30 yearly meetings (regional associations) of Friends, along with several smaller groups, local meetings (churches) and affiliated organizations. We cooperate in cross-cultural missions and cooperative ventures, coordinating across yearly meetings through offices in Richmond, Indiana (USA) and Kisumu (Kenya).

Spread across several continents, the Global Ministries of Friends United Meeting seeks to support the worldwide Body of Christ in its local and regional ministries. Through financial support, human ingenuity and open communication, Friends United Meeting is energizing and equipping Friends to live into the calling and gifts we have received from the Holy Spirit.

Friends United Meeting currently operates in five global regions: Belize, Cuba, East Africa, North America and Palestine. Click the links to the right to get more information about each of our mission areas, as well as our field staff who operate there. View below to find the latest updates from across our worldwide community!

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Stoking 2015: What Can I Expect, If I Come?

Worship in the Taizé tradition with Mark Kharas and Monica Hix Taizé, an ecumenical monastic community in France founded during World War II, strives to be a visible parable of reconciliation – between different Christian communities, or peoples torn apart by violence – and to stand in solidarity with marginalized communities around the world. Their manner of prayer is intentionally simple…

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Short Reflections on Stoking the Fire

by Scott Wagoner The recent “Stoking the Fire” gathering over Memorial weekend sponsored by Friends United Meeting at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio was a spiritually rich gathering of Friends across the spectrum. What was very evident was the presence of the Living Christ among us…teaching, healing, inviting and even changing lives. The main sessions included times of rich…

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Belize has gotten under my skin.

It has been a while since I have written. We have been busy with the school, but more than that, the discernment and planning team has also been busy.  Several members of the team visited Belize and we presented an update on the Belize ministry to the FUM boards.  The update was not in the form of a final proposal…

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Janine Saxton and Judith Ngoya

What’s wrong with “short term missions”?

by Eden Grace You’ve probably seen the blogs, articles and Facebook posts. If you’re like me, you’ve succumbed to the click-bait. They have titles like “10 Things Not to Do on a Short-Term Mission Trip”, “24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Quit Doing” and “7 Worst International Aid Ideas”. It seems that there’s a problem, and…

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Dale Graves

Belizean Ministry Expands to Adults

Beginning in September 2015, the unique and highly-successful Belize Friends School experience will be available to adult learners, as well as to teens. The school has long offered a “second chance” to teens who have dropped out or been kicked out of traditional schools. Many of these teens are at risk of joining criminal gangs, and the Friends School offers…

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Continuing Education at Friends Theological College

On March 16 and 17, 2015, Eloise Hockett from George Fox University led the faculty of Friends Theological College in a continuing education seminar focused on critical thinking skills.  

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Academic Dean Named

Ramallah Friends School Board of Trustees and Friends United Meeting have appointed Ms. Nancy Sanderson Swartz to serve as the Academic Dean. As an experienced International Baccalaureate (IB) educator, Nancy brings a wealth of diverse experiences in educational leadership. She has developed IB education for the past decade and has been an educator for 28 years. Nancy has served as…

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Dale Graves extends his stay in Belize

Dale Graves was given a one-year assignment, to assist the FUM General Board in discernment and planning for the future of Friends’ ministries in Belize. That work will hopefully be complete in October 2015. Yet Dale has discerned a call to continue serving in Belize for another academic year. He will help the school launch a new adult education program,…

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Friend in Residence in Ramallah

Living Letters: Gifts of Presence and Service in Ramallah

“Friend-in-Residence” volunteers at Ramallah Friends School serve for three to nine months in Ramallah/al-Bireh, Palestine. Volunteer assignments emerge from the gifts and leadings of the individual, and can include time in the classroom, library and offices; leading sports or other extracurricular activities; and even supporting the ministry of Ramallah Friends Meeting. Sometimes these are young adults who are taking a…

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Living Letters Gifts of Presence and Service to Cuba – January/February 2016

January/February 2016 trip Visit and work among Friends Meetings in eastern Cuba, particularly in Holguin and Gibara at sites where Cuban Friends meet for camp, yearly meeting sessions and pastoral training. Some stamina is required for unskilled construction tasks, travel, longer walks and multiple church gatherings. Dates: Last week of January through first week of February (exact dates determined by flight…

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