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Quaker Life – November/December 2013

Bearing One Another’s Burdens In Galatians 6, the Apostle Paul urges people to carry their own load. We have a burden or a bundle of human responsibility that is ours to manage. We are responsible for it and as best as we are able, we ought to shoulder it on our own rather than expecting others to be responsible for…

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Christmas, 1847

By Rob Collard The soft whoosh of runners gliding through deep snow and the gentle, yet joyful jingle of the bells of the horse-drawn sleigh bearing Elizabeth Scattergood and her younger siblings, Tim and Sarah, home from school were the only sounds disturbing the deep silence of Christmas Eve, 1847. Interrupting their journey, the driver, the Scattergood’s hired hand Ben,…

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Relentless Love

By Sabrina Falls Each year two days, Memorial Day and Veterans Day, are devoted to remembering and honoring those who have served and died in the armed forces. Though for many people these days are simply a time for picnics, cookouts or just taking a nice day off from work, for many neither day is cause for celebration, but rather…

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Learning to Be a Circle of Care

By Patricia C. Thomas The five members of Ministry & Counsel sat around an enormous tree-trunk table in our clerk’s comfortable living room. Warm tea in hand-made mugs scented the air and soothed our ruffled nerves. Our meeting’s Ministry & Counsel had been tasked with devising a way to provide a ministry of pastoral care to an elderly member of…

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Carry One Another’s Burdens

By Michael Jay When I was a teenager I read my Bible with a green highlighter and, “Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2, KJV) is one of the passages that was marked in green. For some reason, these few words stood out to my 14-year old self. In those…

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Lifting the Burden

By Eden Grace In the Hebrew Bible, the image of a burden or heavy load signifies oppression and slavery. This is often paired with the metaphor of the yoke — a farm implement used to tie two animals together and amalgamate their strength toward a common purpose. However, if the two animals pull in even slightly different directions, they experience…

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No Pearls Before Swine

By William H. Mueller Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls in front of pigs, or they may trample them and tear you to pieces. Matthew 7:6 (NJB) This curious saying of Jesus appears only in the gospel of Matthew; it is part of the Sermon on the Mount. These words get under my…

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My Trip to the US

By Judy Ngoya – Program Manager, Africa Ministries Office My trip to United States of America was one of the most exciting trips I have ever had in life. I felt like I was the most favored woman in the whole world! The day of the flight out of Africa I met eight people who were going to the USFWI/QMI…

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FUM News in Brief – November/December, 2013

Bio-sand Water Filter Project in Uganda A simple technology can transform the health of a whole community. Through a four-way collaboration between Uganda Yearly Meeting, Friends United Meeting, High Point Friends Church and Friendly Water for the World; 44 local residents of Bugiri District of Eastern Uganda were trained in sanitation, hygiene and the construction of bio-sand water filters in…

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Spreading the Word – November/December 2013

By Micah Bales, Web & Communications Specialist I have always found flying to be a centering experience. As I settle into my seat on the airplane and hear the instructions from the flight crew, I am forced to accept that while traveling on this plane, I am not in control. My life depends on the skills and professionalism of the…

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