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Quaker Life – March/April 2014

Gathered in Community Growth in ministry requires us to deepen our shared life with other people. Much of the authority to serve others that Jesus gives us comes from the quality of the relationships that we develop over time. Do people know that they can trust me? Have I established a track record of fairness, honesty, wisdom and compassion? When…

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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – May/June 2014

ALLRED Gene Samuel Allred, 93, died at his residence after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease on March 13, 2014. Sam was born in Burlington, North Carolina, to the late William Stanley and Rose Grant Allred on August 2, 1920. He served in Africa and Italy as an airplane mechanic with the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II….

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A New People to Be Gathered

By David Jaimes The Latino people are the next face to be included in Quakerism. The great Quaker founder, George Fox, once saw a vision of people who were gathered together on a hill and recounted: “I came near a very great hill, called Pendle Hill, and I was moved of the Lord to go up to the top of…

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Ask Tom: When did standing committees become so pervasive?

By Thomas Hamm – Professor of History; Archivist/Curator, Friends Collection Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana Occasionally Tom, who lives for books and still takes all his research notes on 4 by 6 cards, concedes that digital collections can be useful. He often uses the Earlham School of Religion’s Digital Quaker Collection, which makes available on-line dozens of Quaker works published before…

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Grassroots Ministry: Energizing and Equipping in Uganda and Tanzania

By Marian Baker Within a week of retiring, I had a deep sense that God was calling me to go encourage women in ministry in East Africa and not to be tied to any one institution. Since following that leading, I have been amazed at what God has done. It has been far more than I could have dreamed. I…

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Serving from Our Times of Worship

By Steve Olshewsky The old joke has a stranger wandering into an unprogrammed Quaker meeting and sitting in silence until finally asking the Friend nearby, “When does the service start?” The Friend politely whispers in response, “As soon as we finish worshiping.” This joke, however, invites additional questions. When we come together in worship, does our joint worship experience propel…

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Christ’s Call to Mission: The Journey Outward

By Dorlan Bales Most people who seek a faith community do so in hopes of satisfying three deep and persistent hungers. The first hunger is for the Bread of Life to be experienced inwardly. Secondly, seekers search to be a part of a group of people who love God, who love and accept one another and who encourage each another…

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Equipping to Serve: Through Education

By Robert J. Wafula I became a committed Christian and accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior at age 10. My parents recognized and respected this spiritual change in my life and allowed me to go to Sunday school. I remember I became curious as to why we closed our eyes whenever we prayed. I asked my father, “Papa, why…

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Equipping to Serve: Through Caring

Lindi and Amari — Equipping Disadvantaged Children to Hope for a Positive Future Two ministries located in different parts of the world: one in the Kibera Slum in Nairobi and the other in the Amari Refugee Camp in Palestine, serve the children of the poorest of the poor. Both ministries, Lindi Friends Nursery and Primary School in Nairobi and the…

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Equipping to Serve: Through the Work of a Missionary

Editorial note: The following article is a transcript of an interview with an FTC graduate who is a teacher and a missionary in Congo. His is one of many stories of people who are equipped and energized by the ministry of Friends United Meeting to equip others to know Jesus Christ. “I’m Henry Sabatia from Vokoli Yearly Meeting in Kenya….

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