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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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FUM Fall Update 2013

Dear Friends, Thank you! Thank you for the many, many ways you bless and sustain the ministry of Friends United Meeting. Thank you for the countless prayers offered on behalf of the staff in Richmond and those serving around the world. Your prayers are deeply appreciated. As I travel, many of you share your commitment to pray for the whole…

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Out Of My Mind – September/October 2013

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary For many years, my family and I lived across the street from a Friends meetinghouse. It was home to a local congregation of Quakers with whom we did not worship, serve or fellowship with in any sort of formal way. Instead, we were members of another Friends church a couple of miles away. Every…

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Out Of My Mind – July/August 2013

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary While I am not normally a fan of cheesy quotes, I confess to having a fondness for this one by Alice Morse Earle: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” Having a clear focus on “today” can be easier said than done. Remorse,…

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Out of My Mind – May/June 2013

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary Much as I love the testimonies that begin to describe the Quaker experience, I think the most compelling attribute I appreciate about Friends is our sense of hope. At least when we are at our best, hope permeates our work and witness. Just as his life was about to circle the drain one last…

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Highlights from Colin Saxton and Cliff Loesch’s Trip to Kenya

Chebeyusi Yearly Meeting The FUM General Board-Africa, as it met in Kaimosi in January, approved Chebeyusi Yearly Meeting as an associate member. Clerk Cliff Loesch, General Secretary Colin Saxton and members of the African Ministries Office later celebrated with members of the Yearly Meeting. The new yearly meeting is excited to be officially welcomed into the FUM community and hope…

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