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Meanderings and Musings – March/April 2014

By Annie Glen – Communications Editor Often the U.S. mail presents me with gifts of review copies sent by other publishers, and last month, through the courtesy of Intervarsity Press, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry by Ruth Haley Barton landed on my desk. I found myself drawn to Barton’s depiction of Moses…

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Amazing Grace – March/April 2014

By Eden Grace – Global Ministries Director My friend Bill Kreidler used to say that being a member of a local meeting is “lab practice” for the Kingdom of God. We practice our eternal salvation in our meetings. We are given a blessed opportunity to sit in worship with the very people whom we find most irritating. We are given…

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Queries for Missional Communities

The Local Meeting/Church as a Missional Community: Some Queries to Consider and Act Upon By Colin Saxton Who are we called to be? • What is the mission (purpose or reason for existing) as a faith community? • What values (common commitments by which we will live, work, play together) will shape and guide our life together? • What is…

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Out of My Mind – March/April 2014

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary “Organized religion” continues to take a beating in the polls — at least in the kind of popular surveys taken in the United States. Americans like to constantly monitor their temperature on nearly every matter. Once again, the polls reveal that people are spiritual… just not religious. I am not debating the veracity of…

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Spreading the Word – March/April 2014

By Micah Bales, Communications & Web Specialist One of the key teachings of the Quaker movement is that every Christian is called to ministry. It’s not just pastors, yearly meeting officials or employees of non-profits. Each and every one of us is called to a form of ministry, according to the gifts that God has given us. Whether we are…

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Gentle Giants

By David O. Williams Not long ago our family embarked on a two-week tour of the American west. We followed some of the most scenic highways in the country, including the “Loneliest Road in America” (U.S. 50), the Pacific Coast Highway and the Historic Route 66. As you might imagine, we saw a staggering variety of breath-taking vistas and awe-inspiring…

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The Growing Edge of Ministry

By Scott Wagoner A term that has significant meaning for me is that of spiritual life as a “growing edge.” I was introduced to the concept of “growing edge” through the writings of Howard Thurman. In his book, Growing Edge, he invites readers to, “Look well to the growing edge. All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are…

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Gathered in Community: Growing in Ministry

By Dorlan Bales The 2014 January-February Quaker Life scripture study focused on Jesus’ own calling, his choice of an inner circle of disciples and his definition of discipleship. The study continued to highlight the response of the first Quakers to the living Christ’s call and the allegiance followers have to Jesus today. The heart’s response to the Spirit’s call is…

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Ask Tom: How did early Friends develop and grow as ministers?

By Thomas Hamm – Professor of History; Archivist/Curator, Friends Collection Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana The first generation of Friends, and indeed, all Friends until the mid-19th century, was intensely suspicious of what they called “creaturely activity,” the idea that human efforts could provide anyone with a gift in the ministry. The language that Friends traditionally used — that of “gift,”…

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Sarah Thompson appointed CPT Executive Director

Christian Peacemaker Teams is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Thompson to the position of CPT Executive Director. Thompson brings a wide range of experiences to the position. Through her work in the international peace movement as a public-speaker and community organizer, she is adept at bringing people together across lines of difference and building momentum for positive social…

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