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Re-Imagining Prophethood From Within the Belly of the Machine

By Evan Knappenberger Editor’s Note: Bethany Theological Seminary reinstated its Peace Essay Contest in January 2014 with the hope that people think creatively about peacemaking. Below is snippets of one of the 34 entries, which was submitted for publication by Bethany Seminary. James Fairfield’s life was changed by a song. “Oh Shenandoah/ I long to see you,” — words that…

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The Risks You Take Will Make You Well

By Scott Wagoner Here’s something you probably don’t hear very often: “Take a risk. You’ll live longer!” That does seem a bit oxymoronic; intuitively, risk taking implies doing something dangerous, scary, even life threatening. Yet, what may seem risky to one person may seem merely an exciting adventure to another. But that doesn’t matter. It’s all relative and we all…

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Faithful Risk Taking

By Dorlan Bales At its best, faithful risk taking is a response to the experience of God’s love and the Holy Spirit’s call to share that love with others. This study is an invitation to reflect on words and deeds of people described in scripture, Quaker history and people who took Spirit-led risks. What could it mean today to hear…

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Quaker Life – May/June 2014

Gathered for Mission: Equipping to Serve One of the things I love about Friends is our radical assertion that we’re all called to ministry and all given access to God’s wisdom and power. The Spirit empowers us to move gracefully in the water of life even when we are in way over our heads. I believe and rely on this…

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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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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – July/August 2014

PHILLIPS Arta Phillips, 83, Arta Jessie Phillip of Wabash, Indiana, died April 20, 2014 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was born February 24, 1031 in Akron, Indiana, to Galen and Clarissa (Barber) Walker. Arta was a 1949 graduate of Laketon High School and attended the International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She married Lawrence G. “Larry” Phillips in Chili,…

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Book Reviews – July/August 2014

I Heard Their Cry: God’s Hope for the People of Guatemala Ray and Virginia Canfield WestBow Press, 289 pp., $22.95 Friends (Quaker) missionaries Ray and Virginia Canfield have done far more than compile a family memoir about agricultural and medical work in Guatemala — they have articulated a strong missiology and a fervent spiritual commitment that can be appreciated on…

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Letter to the Editor – July/August 2014

Dear Editor, When I return to the rural areas of Kenya after a visit to the rural countryside in Rwanda, Burundi or eastern Congo, I feel like I have gone from poverty to the Garden of Eden because Kenya is so much more lush and prosperous. And this has nothing to do with the climate or rainfall, but the difference…

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FUM News In Brief – July/August 2014

Update on Kaimosi Hospital Friends United Meeting entered into a temporary arrangement with East Africa Yearly Meeting eight years ago to restore Friends Hospital Kaimosi from the brink of collapse. The hospital’s situation was dire, and Friends around the world answered the call with an outpouring of prayer, volunteer time and financial resources. Under FUM’s leadership, the hospital became financially…

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Meanderings and Musings – July/August 2014

By Annie Glen, Communications Editor My family and I love to play board games. One of our favorites is RISK. “This time I will conquer the world!” My husband invariably predicts, and just as invariably, he is the first one eliminated. When it comes to playing this game, my daughters and I are ruthless — nothing will stop us from…

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