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It’s Not the Coffee (that gets me out of bed every morning)

By Ron Ferguson One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. (Psalm 27:4) Most Quaker Life readers are old enough to remember the commercial jingle…

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Ask Tom: How Did FUM Come To Be?

By Thomas Hamm The roots of Friends United Meeting lie in the controversies and divisions that American Friends experienced in the nineteenth century. Most Friends saw the splits into Orthodox, Gurneyite, Hicksite, Wilburite and other groups as a sign of weakness and sought a way to prevent future divisions. This was especially true of Gurneyite Friends, the largest group to…

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FUM News in Brief – July/August 2013

FUM North American Ministries Offers Clerking Workshop “Decision-making in the manner of Friends is a spiritual process rooted in the belief that God is present and available to the meeting through each of its members … [T]he meeting invites and relies on the guidance of the spirit. Decisions are identified by the unity of the meeting. The person who presides,…

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News Around East Africa – July/August 2013

By Eden Grace Bio-sand water filters In March 2013, High Point Friends of North Carolina Yearly Meeting sponsored Del and Suzanne Livingston to teach a workshop on bio-sand water filters at Uganda Yearly Meeting’s new headquarters. From as far away as eastern Congo, 34 attended the workshop. During the training, they noticed a young boy who hung around and watched…….

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Belize Friends School Update – July/August 2013

By Sam and Becky Barber The reputation of Belize Friends School (BFS) has created an atmosphere of trust with the other schools in the city. Some time ago, the schools in the area declined to have any contact with us and requested that we not distribute flyers, but now two schools have asked for application forms. The school’s ministry is…

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Ramallah Friends School: The Wonders of Participatory Planning

By Joyce Ajlouny It is true: our campuses are beautiful. They have been referred to as “an oasis of peace” and “a haven.” Though we see their beauty, we wonder, nonetheless, whether we are taking full advantage of these upgraded facilities, green spaces and ecological environments to maximize and invigorate the learning of our students. Are our teachers ready to…

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Friends Theological College Update – July/August 2013

By Ann Riggs We rejoice at the success of the first session of our revised, school-based (modular) Diploma in Theology curriculum. Students began the new curriculum in April at Kaimosi, but will continue their studies at home until the next session in August. The revised curriculum has a stronger emphasis on pastoral application of the skills and knowledge learned in…

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Spreading the Word – July/August 2013

By Micah Bales – Communications & Web Specialist As followers of the resurrected Lord Jesus we have experienced God’s power to fundamentally remake our existence. Christ enters our lives with clarity and power, continually stripping away pride and false assumptions. Like Peter on that rooftop in Joppa, or Saul on his fateful trip to Damascus, we experience Jesus as present…

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Out Of My Mind – July/August 2013

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary While I am not normally a fan of cheesy quotes, I confess to having a fondness for this one by Alice Morse Earle: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” Having a clear focus on “today” can be easier said than done. Remorse,…

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Meanderings and Musings – July/August 2013

By Annie Glenn – Communications Editor 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,…

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