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Quaker Life – September/October 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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Ask Tom: How did early Friends become a congregation? How did they care for each other?

By Thomas Hamm The following account, recorded three centuries ago, of how Quakerism came to the town of Settle in the north of England, is typical of how the first Friends congregations came to be: “And in Process of time, in or about ye years 1652 or 1653, it was so ordered that one of the servants and messengers of…

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FUM News in Brief – September/October 2013

UPDATE: Double Your Gift, Double the Impact Spring 2013 Matching Gift Opportunity FUM is thrilled to announce that through the faithful, generous response to the matching gift opportunity, the goal of $45,000 was exceeded. A total of $52,597.26 was received, allowing FUM to start the new fiscal year prepared to equip and energize the worldwide community it serves. Your continual…

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Book Reviews: September/October 2013

An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus’ Rhythms of Work and Rest By Alan Fadling InterVarsity Press, 2013 $12.00; 199 pages This book is one that was truly inspirational. It is meant to be read slowly and with devotional intention. Fadling encourages readers to follow a pattern of balance and care. Each chapter takes the reader from a place of hurry to…

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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – September/October 2013

CARTER Sandra Jane Carter, 73, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, June 21, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was born July 24, 1939, in Wabash, Indiana, to Charles R. and Mary A. (Brown) Keppel. She was a 1957 graduate of Wabash High School. She received her B.S. degree from Manchester College and her…

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Letter to the Editor: From the Planning Committee of the Quaker Women’s Conference

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts . . . [S]o shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty,…

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The Roses and the Weeds

By Susann Estle-Cronau “The neighbor wants to know if we’re going to get rid of the weeds.” My heart sank. My son was mowing the lawn and came in with the news. My neighbor to the west had a large row of beautiful rose bushes she tended meticulously. My lawn was tended by teen-agers who didn’t even know what “meticulous”…

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Personality and Place

By Doug Gwyn Soil for the creative spirit at Pendle Hill is enriched not only by the inspired messages given in the meeting for worship — the creative writing workshop — and nourishing organic gardening — and study and action toward nonviolent social change — and Black City ghetto theatre in Central Philadelphia — and study of the gospels with…

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I Am About to Do a New Thing

By Margaret Fraser After decades of relative peace, Indiana Yearly Meeting is separating; with meetings holding almost a third of the membership leaving, some to remain independent monthly meetings, others forming a new association with a still developing format. As in any life-changing event, each participant in this separation has a unique story. My sense is that while the precipitate…

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Fireflies

By Elizabeth Wine On a beautiful June evening I ventured outside at my parent’s farm. I found myself face to face with a joy from my childhood — fireflies! I gathered a mason jar, a covering, made some air holes and found grass to make it more habitable. It was harder catching the fireflies than I recalled. My reflexes must…

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