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Energizing, Equipping and Connecting for the Work of God

By Colin Saxton Good evening, Friends! It is a joy to be with you, and I am so grateful for the privilege to serve as general secretary of Friends United Meeting. I have appreciated Jim Smith’s devotional messages over the past two days and resonated with his distinction between the Living Water that is our source of life and the…

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Toward a Quaker Renaissance

By Richard J. Foster I am moved by your theme for this Triennial, “A Great People to be Gathered: in Christ, in Community, for Mission.” This theme, of course, draws from that wonderful experience when George Fox climbed Pendle Hill, with “much ado” as he put it, and there on the top of Pendle Hill looking out across the British…

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Hidden in Christ

By James Bryan Smith Good morning, Friends! Last night, if you were not there I talked about my personal passion, which is transformation into Christlikeness. I spoke a little bit last night about transformation is often thought of as something we have to do by the power of our will to change and be better people. That actually fails and…

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First-Time Attender, Long-Time Listener

By Steve Olshewsky As we know far too well, there is much more work to be done than we will ever complete. We pray for help with all that could be done, not just locally, but around the world in which we live. The FUM Triennial was a great way to catch up with so many of God’s harvesters —…

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Quaker Life – September/October 2014

2014 Triennial Gathering of Friends United Meeting (FUM) Influence comes from not trying to do things on my own; it doesn’t come from my ego or determined sense of independence. It comes from trusting that my life, hidden in Christ, will influence. If I am one in Christ, the kingdom in which I reside becomes influential. The most significant part…

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Formed into the Image of Christ

By James Bryan Smith It is an honor to be with you tonight. I am a United Methodist. You might think I am an interloper here. When my friend and colleague, Erwin Stanley, sent me an email and invited me to this event, my heart was strangely warm. My life at Friends University introduced me, certainly, to the writings of…

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Quaker Life – July/August 2014

A People to be Scattered: Risk Taking I find it interesting to compare how people of faith are much like my family when it comes to taking risks. Some confess that they will be able to face the risk and move on, only to fall smack on their faces. They react to everything that comes their way and boldly make…

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Time for the Highroad

By Steve Olshewsky After a lovely day on the banks of the river, we were ready to go home. Running around for hours left us dehydrated. But which way was quickest? A 12-year old wondered aloud while walking uphill: “Why is this the fastest way?” Anxious to share a geometry lesson, I explained that the shortest distance between two points…

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Investing the Quaker Way

By Norval Reece I grew up in the Midwest, one of five kids of Glenn A. Reece and Velma Leonard Reece. Dad was raised in a Quaker family on a horse ranch in Western Kansas; Mom was the daughter of Quaker wheat farmers near Pratt, Kansas. They met at Friends Bible College and married. Dad became pastor of Friends Churches…

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Towards a Practical Peace Movement

By Isaac May This past year, as the United States seemed to be ready to leap into the conflict in Syria, there was a small gathering on Boston Common to oppose American intervention. At this rally, representatives from several anti-war groups spoke, from the well-known, such as the American Friends Service Committee, Green Rainbow Party and its leader Jill Stein,…

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