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Book Reviews – January/February 2013

Wisdom Chaser: Finding My Father At 14,000 Feet By Nathan Foster Afterword by Richard J. Foster InterVarsity Press, 2010, 185 pp., $16 Have you wondered what is would be like to live in a family where your father or mother is world famous? Sometimes it may not be a positive experience . . . until years later. Richard J. Foster’s…

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Quaker Simplicity and the 1%

By David Zarembka I suspect that we my Kenyan wife Gladys Kamonya and I are Quakers who are members of the 1%. At least we are in my home town of Lumakanda in western Kenya. Here we are a multi-millionaires — in shillings, that is, since there are 85 shillings to a US dollar. $11,764 makes one a millionaire. As…

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Scrubbing The Grit

By Liz Wine The other day I was scrubbing the remnants of food off a pan. It was just an ordinary day, and a mundane task. When there is food scum built up on dishes, the effort to remove this mark from the pan can take some time and effort. If the food has been left to sit for too…

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The Corporate Testimony of Equality

By April Vanlonden Editor’s Note: In the original, print version of this essay, context makes it clear that April is writing in response to another article by Matt Hisrich. In order to properly understand April’s argument, it is important to read that article first. Friends have become so individualized. So much so that it has begun to hurt the corporate…

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McDonald’s Equality and the Equality of Friends

By Matt Hisrich Because of its consistency McDonald’s is often held up as a successful business model for others to follow. Why is this so important to their success? Because across the country, and to some extent even across the globe, customers know what to expect when they enter the restau­rant or pull up to the drive-thru. Even if you…

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Equality Equals Community

By Pat Byers “All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, prais­ing God and enjoying the favor of all the people….

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FUM Field Staff Updates – January/February 2013

A Small Loaf Feeding a Multitude By Eden Grace, FUM Africa Ministries Field Staff I wanted to share a story of one woman who visited Nakiria Primary School in Turkana and heard stories of the hardship Turkanan women and girls have as they fetch and carry water to their village. She remembered her own childhood in rural Kansas, where her…

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FUM News In Brief

College Prep Students at Ramallah Friends School Make 300 Points of Growth on SAT Scores By Michael Madormo, RFS English Teacher Over 130 students learned how to improve their SAT scores, how to apply for colleges and explore their goals and dreams for the future during the past two summers in the “I Know I Can” College Prep Academy. Students…

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Staff Changes at FUM Office in Richmond, Indiana

Change is in the air at the Friends United Meeting office in Richmond, Indiana! While most are good changes, some have caused a few, temporary inconveniences. FUM is in the midst of updating and improving the organization’s computer system. Along the way, there has been a few glitches that have slowed some of our work and resulted in some lost…

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Out Of My Mind – January/February 2013

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary Had my life gone the way I had intended, I would now be liv­ ing out my days as a retired NBA player. After 20 years of wowing fans with my phenomenal ball-handling skills and clutch shoot­ ing, I would have settled down to a life of quiet community service . . . and…

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