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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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Out of My Mind – March/April 2013

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary Several years ago, I had the privilege of traveling to Nepal to meet with Friends from that part of the globe. One morning in the middle of the journey, we took a short airplane ride through the Himalayan Mountains to see some of the wonder and glory revealed in creation. It was absolutely stunning….

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Out Of My Mind – January/February 2013

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary Had my life gone the way I had intended, I would now be liv­ ing out my days as a retired NBA player. After 20 years of wowing fans with my phenomenal ball-handling skills and clutch shoot­ ing, I would have settled down to a life of quiet community service . . . and…

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Out of My Mind

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary During a recent meeting for worship, one of the most dangerous songs in the history of Christian hymnody began echoing inside my head… Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord to thee. Take my moments and my days — let them flow in ceaseless praise. Oh, it starts out sweetly enough, a…

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40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends – An Interview

In a conversation with Sylvia Graves, former General Secretary of Friends United Meeting, Colin Saxton, current General Secretary, and Kelly Kellum, clerk of the Restructuring Committee of FUM’s General Board, the three shared their insights of the program, 40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends, with the editor of Quaker Life. QL: What is 40 Days of Prayer? Colin:…

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Out of My Mind

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary Several years ago, I was part of a seminar led by a well-known theologian considering the im­pact of postmodern thought on Christian faith and life. At some point, in the midst of all the heady debate and discussion, the subject of prayer arose. I don’t recall the comment that set him off, but before…

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