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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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Colin Saxton – General Secretary

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 help free people to do what God has called them to do when the systems are run well. That’s been my heart and my own growth over the years is to try…

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The Ministry of Quaker Publications

By Emma Condori-Mamani Quaker Life intern, Emma Condori Mamani, interviewed former FUM General Secretary Sylvia Graves, current FUM General Secretary Colin Saxton, Western Friend Editor Kathy Hyzy and Friends JournalExecutive Director Gabriel Ehri about the unique role Quaker publications have in revitalizing the Quaker message. — Quaker Life magazine recently celebrated 50 years in publication with a commemorative issue that included background information on how Quaker…

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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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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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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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