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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Visit of General Secretary and Presiding Clerk

Plans are becoming clearer for the upcoming visit of Colin Saxton and Cliff Loesch. Sylvia Graves will accompany them in order to model a healthy leadership transition and to help Cliff and Colin gain a stronger understanding of FUM’s presence in East Africa. The majority of the work will take place in the last two weeks of March 2012, including…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

FWCC World Conference

This will be the all-hands-on-deck event of the year! The conference itself (17-25 April 2012 at Kabarak University, near Nakuru) is organized by FWCC, and will bring 1,000 delegates from all branches of Friends and all countries where Friends are present. FUM is partnering with the conference by offering pre- and post-conference tours. Eden Grace, Judith Ngoya, Ann Riggs, Colin…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Friends Church Peace Team

The date of Kenya’s next election continues to be a matter of debate (August 2012, December 2012 or February 2013). FCPT continues to focus on preventing election-related violence, and there are indications that our work will have a profound effect. FCPT does not currently have enough funds to sustain its work through the election and could really benefit from a…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Upcoming Visitors

In addition to those who are coming to the World Conference and participating in FUM-sponsored tours, the AMO staff is expecting several visitors in the coming months. They include doctors, nurses, medical students and a midwife; Del and Suzanne Livingston, from Northwest Yearly Meeting, who are our main partners in the water and sanitation work we do; Rich and Sandy…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Summer Mission Project

When Samburu Friends Mission first came to Loltulelei in 1995, the missionaries were given use of a four-room school built of mud and wattle in the mid-1980s. Such a building is not meant to last more than a few years, yet Friends are still using it today. Loltulelei Friends Primary School and Nursery School have grown up around these ancient…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Friends Theological College Responds to Humanitarian Crisis

By Oscar Lugusa Malande, FTC Bachelor of Theology student Studying at Friends Theological College prepares one to serve in different areas of ministry. One core area of ministry is missions and evangelism. There are specific courses in missions and evangelism, but the concerns of missions and evangelism are also integrated with other areas of study, like pastoral care and counseling,…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Friends Theological College Celebrates 70 Years of Formal Education

By Ann Riggs, FTC principal When the first Quaker missionaries traveled to Kenya in 1902, their goal was to create and nurture a self-sustaining, self-propagating, native church. Those early leaders may have never foreseen that Friends in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda would now equal 10 times the number of FUM Friends in North America. Need for formal theological education in…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

FUM Ministry of the Month

Each month through December 2012, we will focus on a different ministry of Friends United Meeting. This “Ministry of the Month” corresponds with the FUM wall calendar that is available for $7.50 from the Friends United Press Shopping Center. April 2012 FUM Field Staff Field staff are hired by Friends United Meeting to coordinate and carry out the work of Friends…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

What Keeps Spiceland Friends Busy in Indiana?

By Richard P. Ratcliff, Spiceland Friends clerk In December, Spiceland Friends Meeting (Indiana Yearly Meeting) held its 56th annual Christmas Eve Cantata and Candlelight Service with 260 in attendance. Recently, 200 new hymnals and 20 new choir chairs were purchased. The roof on the older portion of the meetinghouse is being replaced and two of the six restrooms are being…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Fun Ways to Fundraise

By Sylvia Graves Plan a party with cupcakes and balloons and ask everyone you invite to bring a small box of money wrapped up as a gift (with no name on it). The children can play a game or exchange names to see which box they get to open. They each count the money in the box they open, take…

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