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A Sacred Space for the Spirit to Work

By Patricia Barber I well remember the first time I attended Quaker meeting for worship. “So these are the Quakers,” I thought as I looked around the assembled company. Having seen High Noon and assorted other Westerns in which Quakers had walk-on roles as paragons, I naturally assumed that the folks warming these benches were “Really Good People.” Fortunately, I…

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Out Of My Mind – September/October 2013

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary For many years, my family and I lived across the street from a Friends meetinghouse. It was home to a local congregation of Quakers with whom we did not worship, serve or fellowship with in any sort of formal way. Instead, we were members of another Friends church a couple of miles away. Every…

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Fellowship: The Mystery of Christ

Editor’s Note: The flowing biblical study is an excerpt from the FUM curriculum, Testimonies, by Ben Richmond. It was published in 1993 by Friends United Press. The lesson is divided into several sections: Bible study, a brief essay, Quaker quotes and questions for discussion. It is hoped Friends will utilize this study on congregational living as a springboard for further…

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A Bible Story of Community: Moses and the Amalekites

By William H. Mueller The Amalekites then came and attacked Israel at Rephidim. (Exodus 17:8) We may believe the Quaker Testimonies were invented out of the blue by Friends. However, they are expressions of a vital core of the religious life of every human being. Thus, we find these same testimonies in the earliest writings of the Judeo-Christian tradition. An…

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Praying Outside the Lines

By Katherine Philipson Since I was young, Jesus’s teachings and a sense of calling have steered me into service and advocacy, yet, until recently, I kept prayer separate from my activism. If and when I prayed, I did so alone and in private. My United Methodist upbringing encouraged prayer, but we seldom did so together for more than a few…

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Quaker Life – July/August 2013

Missions Above the door on the inside of his room a college friend had hung a sign above the door stating, “You are now entering the mission field.” Upon first discovering his message, I asked him why he had placed it there, and he explained, “Each time I leave my room for the wider world, I read that sign. It…

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Ramallah Friends School

FUM’s Ministry in Ramallah Leads to Greater Opportunities

By Nadia Nubana – 2007 Ramallah Friends School graduate Nadia Nubana, currently enrolled in a six-week internship at Reid Hospital, is temporarily living in hospital provided housing on Quaker Hill. That she can see the headquarters of Friends United Meeting from her apartment has significant emotional impact for the young medical student from Palestine, and thereby, as they say, hangs…

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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – July/August 2013

BRINDLE Linda J. Brindle, 62, died, on Friday, May 24, 2013 at Indiana University Ball Memorial Hospital following a three year journey with cancer. Linda was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey on March 9, 1951, the daughter of Quaker Missionaries, Lawrence “Larry” and Lucille (Brotherton) Pickard, but was raised in Council House, Oklahoma. She was a graduate of Friends…

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The Role Of Outreach

By J. Brent Bill Outreach. Isn’t that just advertising? Aren’t we Quakers against advertising — creating a false need in someone for something they don’t want or need? Like a new car or whiter whites? No, outreach isn’t the same as advertising! That’s one thing that we are stressing in the New Meetings Project (NMP), a program of FGC. We…

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Book Reviews – July/August 2013

It is Finished: Finding Lasting Victory Over Sin By David Wilkerson Chosen Books, 2013, 192 pages, $13.99 Do you want an “ironclad pledge” that has “the power to release in all believers the overcoming strength to be more than conquerors in these last days? According to David Wilkerson, author of The Cross and the Switchblade, and Teen Challenge Founder, one…

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