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I Am About to Do a New Thing

By Margaret Fraser After decades of relative peace, Indiana Yearly Meeting is separating; with meetings holding almost a third of the membership leaving, some to remain independent monthly meetings, others forming a new association with a still developing format. As in any life-changing event, each participant in this separation has a unique story. My sense is that while the precipitate…

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Reconfiguration Update from Indiana Yearly Meeting

The IYM Representative Council, at its meeting on 11/10/2012, reached unity to give final approval to the reconfiguration proposal brought forward by the Task Force and previously distributed to monthly meetings. The revised proposal reflected suggestions and concerns shared at the 9/29/2012 called Representative Council. The Representatives united on two additional changes: deadline for participating in the distribution of assets…

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FUM 2012 Chain of Prayer, January 1-May 27

Friends United Meeting spans the world and is the people of Belize, Cuba, East Africa, Jamaica, North America and Ramallah. One way Friends United Meeting can be gathered from all corners of the globe is through prayer. When your meeting signs up for the Chain of Prayer you are assigned a day to pray and a partner meeting for whom to pray….

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What makes you feel welcome when you visit a meeting for the first time?

Finding the place easily Going with a member/attender Seeing where to enter Seeing the phrase, “You are welcome here” Someone who’s there to greet you when you arrive Knowing what to do with your children Knowing where the restrooms are A leaflet or personal explanation about what to expect Meeting space that is light, warm and pleasant Seating that is…

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FUM News in Brief

Regina Haag, pastor of Adirondack Friends Meeting, New York, is connecting over coffee with the meeting’s young adult Friends, between the ages of 18-35 (40 if parenting young children), to discuss three general queries: “How are you doing?” “What is the best way to stay in contact with you?” “What can the meeting do to help meet your needs and desires?”…

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Great Plains Yearly Meeting Discerns God’s Call

By Laura Y. Dungan, Great Plains Yearly Meeting presiding clerk Great Plains Yearly Meeting is beginning to consider its place and purpose among Quakers in middle-America. As part of this process, 53 people from across the Friends theological spectrum gathered in November at University Friends Meeting in Wichita, Kansas. Arthur Larrabee, general secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, facilitated the gathering…

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Indiana Yearly Meeting Reconfiguration Update

The Reconfiguration Task Force met on March 10. David Brindle of Friends Memorial was welcomed to the group and Stephanie Crumley-Effinger, who has had to relinquish her role due to a recent cancer diagnosis, received thanks for her work and service. Tom Hamm was asked to serve as a new co-facilitator and agreed to accept. Please join the task force in…

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Iowa Yearly Meeting-FUM Establishes Affiliate Meeting in Minneapolis

By Phena Khanjila Shimaka Each one of us is a minister of God’s word in our own unique way. God’s message is spread to people in different ways and he uses every means to spread his message to his people. God is able to see, speak to and hear us no matter where we are in our lives; likewise, each…

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North Carolina Yearly Meeting: Pray Without Ceasing

North Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends seeks, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to equip and energize our meetings in their witness to the love, message and power of the living Christ, encouraging Friends to translate our faith into practice. NCYM has embarked on a prayer campaign this year titled, “Pray Without Ceasing 2012.” Members have been asked to…

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2012 Chain of Prayer, January 1-May 27

The theme for the 2011-14 Triennium of Friends United Meeting is: A Great People to Be Gathered. Friends United Meeting spans the world and is the people of North America, Cuba, Jamaica, Belize, Ramallah, Kenya and Uganda. One way Friends United Meeting can be gathered from all corners of the globe is through prayer. In 1652, the founder of Quakerism, George Fox,…

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