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The Stranger Walking With Us

Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. — Luke 24:35 NRSV By Rita Willett Five years ago at a retreat center in North Carolina, I heard the story of the walk to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) as if for the first time. My fellow…

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Quaker Life – November/December 2014

Leading a Scattered People All organizations go through seasons. During the spring there is a sense of renewal and vibrant growth occurs. Spring turns to summer and more and more activities progress. As pastor of Dublin Friends Meeting in Dublin, Indiana, I have noticed that the meeting is in the season of late autumn. They are prepared for winter, yet…

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Ask Tom: Have Quaker ideas of what it means to be a leader changed over the years?

By Tom Hamm Professor of History; Archivist/Curator, Friends Collection Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana The first generation of Friends had no doubt that they had leaders. Historians argue about whether George Fox was THE leader of early Quakerism; some assert that he came to be perceived as “first among Friends” because he outlived almost all of his contemporaries and was able…

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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – November/December 2014

ANDREW Wilma George Andrew, 98, of Snow Camp, North Carolina, died August 16, 2014. Mrs. Andrew was born August 6, 1916, in Westfield, North Carolina; the daughter of Edgar and Emma (Simmons) George. Mrs. Andrew was a native of Westfield, North Carolina. Wilma was a homemaker, a member of South Fork Friends Meeting, where she was in the Genevieve Lindley…

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Finding my Joy in the City

By Hannah Williams When we think of missions, it is easy to focus on ministry in foreign fields. Many tend to neglect the need for missions right here in our own country and the needs that are literally right down the street or right next door. When Jesus commanded his disciples to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and care…

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Private Quaker, Public Quaker – Part I

By Norval D. Reece Quaker Lecture Western Yearly Meeting July 17, 2014 The theme for these sessions, stewardship, is something with which I have often wrestled. What does stewardship mean? What does it involve? What should we be doing to be good stewards? Like many, I have traditionally thought of stewardship in terms of giving – money, time, talents and…

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FUM News in Brief – November/December 2014

An Interview with Darcel Murray and Candi Young By Dale Graves Darcel is the second teacher in the Belize Friends School classroom in the mornings and supports Candi. In the afternoons Darcel teaches language arts and social studies. Candi teaches in the mornings and serves as Acting Principal. Dale Graves: (I knew that Darcel lives on the south side now,…

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Friends Helping Friends in Jamaica

Submitted by Melissa Partin Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting, NCYM About one year ago, my husband, John, and I had finished reading Radical by David Platt. We never would have imagined how much God would use this book and scripture to speak to our hearts and give us a desire for missions. We have been on mission trips before and loved…

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Abraham and Isaac: A Pacifist Story?

By William H. Mueller God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, your beloved Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, where you are to offer him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I shall point out to you.’ Genesis 22:2 [New Jerusalem Bible]) The first test of faith in the Bible is the story of…

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Where Does Quaker Leadership Come From?

It Has Seemed Good to the Holy Spirit and to Us: The Wellspring of Quaker Leadership By Dorlan Bales Has the Quaker approach to leadership and authority been remarkable since the earliest days of the movement? Absolutely! Rather than look primarily to tradition, human hierarchy, intellectual arguments or the translations and interpretations of inspired writings; the Society of Friends has put…

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