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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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Silent Night, 1914

By Charles David Kleymeyer, PhD Christmas Eve 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of a remarkable event in the history of war and peace. Across two-thirds of the British-German front, and along the French and Belgian fronts as well, as the early months of that terrible and ironic “War to End All Wars” drew to a close, soldiers and officers…

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Meanderings and Musings – November/December 2014

By Annie Glen – Communications Editor 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…

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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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