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Local Church Strategic Planning: A Stewardship Responsibility

By Brian Donley Money is usually the first thing that comes to mind when the subject of stewardship is mentioned. In fact “stewardship Sunday” triggers an “up-and-down” response. The congregation will either be “up in the mountains” or “down at the beach.” Stewardship and finance are synonymous terms in the minds of most congregants. Yet our meeting has found stewardship…

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FUM Africa Ministries

By Getry Agizah My life has been full of challenges as I made my way to create awareness of peace in Kenya and other African countries. I remember going to an Alternative to Violence workshop in the year 2005, in Lugari. Most of the participants felt this training was irrelevant because it was their belief at that time Kenya was…

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FUM Field Staff Updates

Please continue to pray for all our field staff during this holiday season as they are separated from their loved ones while serving Friends in their work and ministries with Friends United Meeting. News from Joyce Ajlouny (Ramallah Friends School) It has been a month full of joys as the new school year began. We were blessed with 12 new…

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FUM News in Brief

FUM General Board Hopes for 40 Days During roll call at the October meeting of the Friends United Meeting General Board, representatives were asked to state what hopes they had for the 40 Days of Prayer. Here are some of their responses. Do any of them resonate with your hopes? • I hope we find how to be the action…

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Spreading the Word

By Micah Bales – Interim Communications and Web Specialist Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your…

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Out of My Mind

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary During a recent meeting for worship, one of the most dangerous songs in the history of Christian hymnody began echoing inside my head… Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord to thee. Take my moments and my days — let them flow in ceaseless praise. Oh, it starts out sweetly enough, a…

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Meanderings and Musings

By Annie Glen – Interim Communications Manager/Editor Part of my duties as editor is to receive various books from other publishing houses for review. I take those books and offer them to the panel of reviewers to have them write their impressions. Every once in a while there is a book that speaks to me immediately and I cannot give…

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Meanderings and Musings

By Annie Glen – Interim Communications Manager/Editor It was during a very stressful time that I received the mug that you see in the picture below. At that time, my prayer and facial expression were pretty much the same as what is painted on its surface: eyes crossed, mouth in a grimace while muttering the words, “Now what?” It seems…

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Perspectives: Why Silent Worship is Not Dying Soon

By Samuel Wanjala In Kenya today, there has arisen a generation that just loves noise. For the sake of the reader, I define noise as any unorganized sound that is unpleasing to the ear. To illustrate what I mean think of an example of where you enter a church the size of a classroom, but it is fitted with four…

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The Intolerance of Tolerance

By D. A. Carson William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012, 186 pp., $24 Carson, a professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, outlines and discusses changes in the nature of tolerance from pre-Christian Greece to modern Western societies. He demonstrates that every culture combines tolerance and intoler­ance, but notes that few have made toler­ance such…

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