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Out of My Mind

By Colin Saxton, General Secretary In 2003, one of the last Youth Quake gatherings was held in the mountains of Colorado. A nasty flu bug ravaged the crowd of young Friends gathered that week. Along with the sickness, weather at the camp, 7,500 feet above sea level, was bitterly cold — the brutal wind-chill registering a bone-numbing negative 30 degrees…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Out of My Mind

By Colin Saxton, General Secretary Any time I get involved in a new community, I cannot help but think of the old Woody Allen line, “Why would I ever want to be part of a group that would have me as a member?!?” As I am being welcomed into the FUM community, it does make me wonder a bit about your good…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Visit of General Secretary and Presiding Clerk

Plans are becoming clearer for the upcoming visit of Colin Saxton and Cliff Loesch. Sylvia Graves will accompany them in order to model a healthy leadership transition and to help Cliff and Colin gain a stronger understanding of FUM’s presence in East Africa. The majority of the work will take place in the last two weeks of March 2012, including…

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FUM Welcomes New General Secretary Colin Saxton

Colin Saxton will assume his new role as FUM general secretary on January 1. He comes to FUM from Northwest Yearly Meeting in Oregon where he has served as pastor, adjunct professor at George Fox University and superintendent of the yearly meeting. Staff members in the FUM-Richmond office quizzed Colin in preparation for what life will be like with a…

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FUM Welcomes New General Secretary Colin Saxton

Colin Saxton assumed his new role as FUM general secretary on January 1. He comes to FUM from Northwest Yearly Meeting in Oregon where he has served as pastor, adjunct professor at George Fox University, and superintendent of the yearly meeting. Colin describes his transition from pastoral ministry to being a superintendent as “a hard one,” but found it to be life-giving to discover “how systems and structures can…

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Highlights from the 2011 FUM Triennial

• 400 Friends from nine nations and 24 American states attended • USFWI/Quaker Men’s banquet with Field Staff Becky Barber and Belize Friends School teacher Miss Candi Young • Release of the 50th anniversary issue of Quaker Life magazine • Keynote Address by outgoing General Secretary Sylvia Graves and reception honoring her nearly six years on staff with FUM • Celebration of…

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Introduction of the New General Secretary – July 30, 2011

Colin Saxton FUM General Secretary, beginning January 1, 2012 Thank you, Friends! It is a real joy to be here with you in Wilmington. It is also very humbling to be asked to serve in this role with FUM. I will say—and I hope this is okay to say—I’m also very excited about it! It’s been interesting over the last…

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