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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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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – September/October 2014

BRYAN Margueritte Elaine Bryan, known to friends and family as Marbie, passed away peacefully in Tucson, Arizona, on January 14, 2013. Born in Hutchinson, Kansas on September 18, 1930, she was the youngest of four children born to George Wilson Bryan and Maude Alice Vancil Bryan. Marbie seemed to develop some significant concepts at a very early age. She spoke…

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My Visit to Baragoi in Samburu North

By Sammy Letoole In mid-May 2014 I went to Baragoi (Kenya), which is approximately 200 kilometres north of Samburu central. I went with my family to visit the church and my in-laws who live there. Baragoi is a dry place, more so than Samburu central. Both the Samburu and the Turkana people live there and have been fighting for many…

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A Spontaneous Prayer

By Ruthie Tippin Lord, God, some of us know you by only one name. And, we treasure that name and we treasure that relationship. We can only see you as being that name. Lord God, you are known by so many names. You are such fullness. You are over all, above all, in all and through all. And you cannot…

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FUM News in Brief – September/October 2014

Kaptama Health Centre Vision Camp on Mt. Elgon, Kenya By John Muhanji It was a moment when the dark mountain became bright and nature could be seen from its true colors — a moment when a cloudy atmosphere disappeared from the face of Julius who now saw his wife differently. Julius’s eye sight was invaded by cataracts many years ago….

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Meanderings and Musings – September/October 2014

By Annie Glen – Communications Editor My husband possess a unique ability to know what direction he needs to go to get to any destination he wishes. Most generally, he doesn’t need a map. Unlike me, he never gets lost. I, on the other hand, could be placed within a cardboard box with the instructions, “Go to the upper right…

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Out of My Mind – September/October 2014

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary Three years ago, when the Friends United Meeting search team interviewed me for the general secretary position, I told them one of the reasons FUM should not offer me the job is that I did not know that vast majority of people who populate this Quaker community. I had traveled some among FUM Quakers…

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Joyful, Fearless and Always in Trouble!

By Colin Saxton It has been a good week at the Triennial, hasn’t it? We were enlivened by the Spirit of God. We were re-membered, one-to-another into that living reality known as the Body of Christ. And maybe, just maybe, we are little more prepared to go back into our communities ready to continue the ministry of Jesus. What do…

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Stories of Faith and Peacemaking

Panelists: Getry Agizah: Friends Church Peace Teams, Kenya Theo Stitther: Friends Committee on National Legislation Ross Hennessy: Acting director of the Quaker Voluntary Service Odalys Hernandez Cruz: Presiding clerk of Cuba Yearly Meeting Candido Quelvys Fernandez Perez: Pastor & student of Cuba Peace Institute Karla Moran: Translator Getry: Friends, I greet you in the Light of God. I promised myself…

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Reflection of Peace

By Mary Lord, Peace Panel Moderator We look to this statement given to Charles II, as the statement of our peace testimony in the 1660s: “We utterly deny all outward wars and strife, and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretense whatsoever; this is our testimony to the whole world . . . The Spirit of…

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