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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Passages: Quaker Obituaries – January/February 2015

BABCOCK Fern Elaine Carper Babcock, 94, died on October 21, 2014, at her home near Winchester, Indiana. She was born in Winchester on May 5, 1920, the first child of Harry Walter Carper and Vada Berniece (Love) Carper. She was later joined by her sister, Mary Kathleen and brother, William Frederick. They grew up in a rural home northeast of…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Ask Tom: Who is the oldest known Quaker?

By Tom Hamm Professor of History; Archivist/Curator, Friends Collection Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana I can only answer this in the sense of: “Who is the oldest Quaker Tom has found any record of?” Before I answer the question, I must first offer some remarks on Quaker longevity. Observers, both Friends and among the world’s people, have noted that Quakers have…

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Missions Movement: Women caring for Women in Kenya

By Jeremiah Kehenzi Akoto, as told to Eden Grace I first visited Kakuma Refugee Camp in Northwest Kenya in 2010, as part of a mission trip as a student of Friends Theological College. I was deeply moved by the passion the Kakuma Quaker community had for the word of God. It was then that I vowed to work with these…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Out of My Mind – January/February 2015

By Colin Saxton FUM General Secretary Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. — Hebrews 10:23-24 “I don’t believe in God,” the man said to me matter-of-factly. “I don’t see any evidence of a divine being…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Let There Be Light!

By Micah Bales Web & Communications Specialist We live in an age of isolation. Even sitting together in the same room, we live in private worlds. We stare at our personal screens, separated by our own hobbies, interests and ambitions. When we do connect, it’s often through shared consumption. We find shallow unity in products, images and ideologies: the spectacle….

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FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend

By Neil Snarr This spring 186 young adults from 27 states, 16 colleges, five high schools and 20 monthly meetings arrived in Washington D.C. for the annual Lobby Weekend sponsored by the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). The purpose of the trip was to talk with participants’ own members of Congress about repealing the 2001 Authorization for the Use…

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Private Quaker, Public Quaker – Part 2

By Norval D. Reece Continued from Quaker Life, Nov/Dec 2014 The Society of Friends is not in great shape at the moment; we have an incredibly inspiring history with an impact on society way out of proportion to our numbers; there are some signs of new vitality and great potential — if we act on it. We are the investors….

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We’ve Got to Get Back to the Garden

By Katherine Murray Lately I have been thinking a lot about right and wrong, good and bad. About the ways we experience events in our lives and quickly judge them to be one or the other. I wonder whether we are shaping our experiences — for better or for worse — when we name them this way. And, if we…

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FUM News in Brief – January/February 2015

Out of the Forest to Peace By Getry Agizah, Coordinator, Friends Church Peace Teams Mt. Elgon has experienced many conflicts since Kenyan independence. These conflicts are based on tribe, land and politics. The worst violence that took place was between the years 2006-2008 and began because of a land dispute at a settlement called Chepyuk. This happened because the scheme…

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The Stranger Walking With Us

Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. — Luke 24:35 NRSV By Rita Willett Five years ago at a retreat center in North Carolina, I heard the story of the walk to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) as if for the first time. My fellow…

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