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An Epistle from USFWI

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. — 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Greetings to Friends worldwide from the 44th Triennial Sessions of the United Society of Friends Women International, held July 4-7, 2013, at the Radisson Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America. Western Yearly Meeting United Society of Friends…

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June 2013 General Board Meeting in Jamaica

Friends United Meeting General Board/North America-Caribbean met June 6 through June 9, 2013 at Worthington Friends, Kingston, Jamaica. Nearly all FUM yearly meetings were represented. There was special excitement to have FUM representatives from Cuba, East Africa, Canada and Jamaica at this gathering. During business sessions, the General Board approved transferring the titles of ten properties to the Board of…

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Spreading the Word – September/October 2013

By Micah Bales – Communications & Web Specialist What image comes to mind when you think about church? Do you imagine a building with a bell tower? Perhaps a worship service with singing and silence, preaching and prayer? Perhaps you envision all the good that the church is called to do in the world such as healing the sick, feeding…

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Meanderings and Musings – September/October 2013

By Annie Glenn – Communications Editor Christian faith informs us that our children belong to God and are entrusted into our hands for but a season. Parenting, at its best, is a calling from God to love, protect, challenge and gradually release these precious children into adulthood. Parenting requires every resource we have, and then some. From walking the halls…

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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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