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Update from Robert Wafula and Friends Theological College

Dear Friends, Greetings from Kaimosi, Kenya! I am sending to you this message with the hope that you are well. It is now two months since I stepped onto this beautiful, cool, wooded campus that is the historic home and mission founded by African Quakers in Kaimosi. I know you may have been anxiously waiting to hear from me on…

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Where Does Quaker Leadership Come From?

It Has Seemed Good to the Holy Spirit and to Us: The Wellspring of Quaker Leadership By Dorlan Bales Has the Quaker approach to leadership and authority been remarkable since the earliest days of the movement? Absolutely! Rather than look primarily to tradition, human hierarchy, intellectual arguments or the translations and interpretations of inspired writings; the Society of Friends has put…

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Meanderings and Musings – November/December 2014

By Annie Glen – Communications Editor All organizations go through seasons. During the spring there is a sense of renewal and vibrant growth occurs. Spring turns to summer and more and more activities progress. As pastor of Dublin Friends Meeting in Dublin, Indiana, I have noticed that the meeting is in the season of late autumn. They are prepared for…

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Amazing Grace – November/December 2014

By Eden Grace, Global Ministries Director One of my favorite scriptural images for the incarnate God is that of a mother hen. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem . . . How often I have longed to gather your children as a bird gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling.” (Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34) God longs to gather us…

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Meanderings and Musings – September/October 2014

By Annie Glen – Communications Editor My husband possess a unique ability to know what direction he needs to go to get to any destination he wishes. Most generally, he doesn’t need a map. Unlike me, he never gets lost. I, on the other hand, could be placed within a cardboard box with the instructions, “Go to the upper right…

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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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21 Day #wafulachallenge FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

You have questions? We have answers! 1. What do you mean by “fully-funded”? Does that mean you already have everything in hand and I should direct the rest of my pledge elsewhere? We’re asking people to make three-year pledges, and we’re counting the full value of those pledges as support raised. That means that when Robert leaves for Kenya, we…

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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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Ministry Update from Lon Fendall

Dear Friends, Recently it was my privilege to be a part of the Friends United Meeting (FUM) Triennial in Marion, Indiana. The presentations by Richard Foster and James Bryan Smith were wonderfully inspiring, the workshops were great and the fellowship around the meal times allowed us to process all that was going on. My role at the Triennial was to…

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