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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

Out of My Mind – March/April 2015

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary When it comes to educational work, Friends United Meeting’s schools in Ramallah, Belize and Kaimosi are well known and well understood. Ramallah Friends School is recognized worldwide as an exceptional place of study, rooted in Quaker values and serving as a symbol of hope in city and region under occupation with a constant threat…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Out of My Mind – January/February 2015

By Colin Saxton FUM General Secretary Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. — Hebrews 10:23-24 “I don’t believe in God,” the man said to me matter-of-factly. “I don’t see any evidence of a divine being…

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Out of My Mind – September/October 2014

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary Three years ago, when the Friends United Meeting search team interviewed me for the general secretary position, I told them one of the reasons FUM should not offer me the job is that I did not know that vast majority of people who populate this Quaker community. I had traveled some among FUM Quakers…

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Joyful, Fearless and Always in Trouble!

By Colin Saxton It has been a good week at the Triennial, hasn’t it? We were enlivened by the Spirit of God. We were re-membered, one-to-another into that living reality known as the Body of Christ. And maybe, just maybe, we are little more prepared to go back into our communities ready to continue the ministry of Jesus. What do…

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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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Out Of My Mind – May/June 2014

By Colin Saxton, General Secretary Before making my home among Friends, I sojourned with churches from two other denominations. The first one took me in as I was emerging from my lowest point and loved me back to life. It was a community of healing, insufficient for the long-term, but just what I needed to begin to know and follow…

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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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Out of My Mind – January/February 2014

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary “Follow me.” A few years ago, I saw several Easter-season advertisements inviting newcomers to attend special church services celebrating the resurrection. “Come enjoy our Easter program and a non-threatening presentation of the gospel!” Non-threatening!?! What is non-threatening about a man hanging on a cross who says, “Come, follow me!?!” Throughout the gospels, Jesus utters…

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Out Of My Mind – September/October 2013

By Colin Saxton, General Secretary Out of the silence and across the meetinghouse a young man stood up and bared his soul before what appeared to be an unprepared audience. In what seemed to be both an earnest prayer to God and an urgent cry for human help, he struggled to share his pain and brokenness with us. When he…

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