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Think Outside the Bus

By Diane Raflo-Andrews Rosa whispered from the depths of silence, I am standing with you, all of you, Who wait to rest your weary bones, Who long to sit and close your eyes. On a day that changed the course of history, Her seat was not surrendered. With quiet determination, she refused To obey the established rules, Defining new ones…

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Speaking About Christ Among Friends

By Rita Willett Richmond (Virginia) Friends Meeting is part of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, dually affiliated with Friends United Meeting and Friends General Conference. Once an orthodox meeting, Richmond’s practice shifted toward liberal Quakerism in the 1960’s following the death of its last recorded minister. Changes in Richmond occurred during the same period in which the separate “Orthodox” and “Hicksite” yearly…

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A Hidden Gift

By Sarah Katreen Hoggatt For many months I’ve been wanting to try meditation or contemplative prayer as a way to spend time with God. However, as this has never been a regular practice of mine I didn’t know how to go about it. Instead of going out and researching how to pray in this way, I decided to simply curl…

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The Joy of Everyday Ministry

By Diane Andrews “For it is not you who speak but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” – Matthew 10:20 We are all ordained by God for everyday ministry. The urging of the Divine within each of us creates the potential for a spark to burst into flames of passion for Christ and the word…

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I Want To Learn Peace

By Peter Serete On November 12, 2013, very early in the morning, the temperature in Kakuma refugee camp in the desert of northern Kenya was already at 92°F, and the wind was blowing from the east at 18 miles per hour. It was very dusty and hot! I was riding on the back of a motorbike from the Friends Church…

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Gospel Re-Ordering

By Chuck Orwiler Asking ourselves how we might do ministry that speaks of Christ is an appealing inquiry. However, unless we are quite careful we can easily respond to “ministry that speaks of Christ” as a project to which we give our attention until we move on to something else. In contrast, when we study the life of Christ we…

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Meanderings and Musings – March/April 2014

By Annie Glen – Communications Editor Often the U.S. mail presents me with gifts of review copies sent by other publishers, and last month, through the courtesy of Intervarsity Press, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry by Ruth Haley Barton landed on my desk. I found myself drawn to Barton’s depiction of Moses…

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Amazing Grace – March/April 2014

By Eden Grace – Global Ministries Director My friend Bill Kreidler used to say that being a member of a local meeting is “lab practice” for the Kingdom of God. We practice our eternal salvation in our meetings. We are given a blessed opportunity to sit in worship with the very people whom we find most irritating. We are given…

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Queries for Missional Communities

The Local Meeting/Church as a Missional Community: Some Queries to Consider and Act Upon By Colin Saxton Who are we called to be? • What is the mission (purpose or reason for existing) as a faith community? • What values (common commitments by which we will live, work, play together) will shape and guide our life together? • What is…

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Out of My Mind – March/April 2014

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary “Organized religion” continues to take a beating in the polls — at least in the kind of popular surveys taken in the United States. Americans like to constantly monitor their temperature on nearly every matter. Once again, the polls reveal that people are spiritual… just not religious. I am not debating the veracity of…

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