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Friends United Meeting Announces New Global Ministries Director

Dear Friends United Meeting community:

As many of you know, we have been holding a search process for a new Richmond-based, Global Ministries Director for the past few months. A search team was assembled including Friends from Kenya, Iowa, New England and Indiana who helped me in the work of screening candidates and participating in the interviews of our finalists. We were blessed to have several excellent candidates, all who expressed a real desire to serve within FUM.

Today, I want to let you know that I have offered the position to Eden Grace. Eden, of course, currently serves as an FUM field staff in the African Ministries Office (AMO) in Kisumu. Along with her ministry experience and service abroad, Eden possesses a deep love for Jesus, a relentless conviction that Christ seeks to use FUM to both proclaim and demonstrate the good news to the whole world, tremendous organizational and administrative gifts and a passion to help translate ministry ideas into effective programming. More than anything, Eden believes in the mission of FUM and has been and will be committed to seeing it faithfully expressed in all we do. Because of her institutional knowledge and existing relationships across FUM, she will be able to step in and function at a high level pretty quickly. At the same time, she recognizes and desires to work alongside the board and staff in this time of transition within FUM to see what new opportunities are emerging and what changes we need to make to more faithfully and sustainably carry out our mission.

The timeline for Eden and her family to move to Indiana is still being negotiated. Obviously, this move means changes in the African Ministries Office, as well. I will work closely with the AMO to assess their staffing needs for the future in light of this change. I’ve been in communication with John Muhanji about this possibility and we think this also creates some exciting opportunities for advancing the work in East Africa, too. Whatever transition plan is put in place will aim to minimize disruptions for the AMO.

With all of the excitement of change, it also brings its own stress and even grief. Eden and her family love Friends in Africa and there are already some feelings of loss associated with this anticipated move. Please keep them in your prayers. Pray, as well, as we look to restructure the AMO staff and work to integrate a new person and a new role into the Richmond team.

Colin Saxton
General Secretary

  • Buffy Curtis

    Wonderful discernment! This will re-new my hope and promise for the way forward. She is a gifted and faithful Friend!
    Welcome back Eden and family!

  • Malesi kinaro

    I congratulate Eden for this position and wish her all the best in Richmond

  • Ann Marie Moriarty

    I hope this means you’ll be able to drop by Baltimore Yearly Meeting more often — we missed you all at annual session!

  • Maureen Lopes

    Thank you, Colin, for this wonderful news. As a New England, unprogrammed meeting Friend, I have been moved by the faithfulness and love that the entire Grace family have brought to their work in Kenya. It has been a blessing for my family to support Eden’s leading and to come to understand its source. We have learned so much about how working today in unfamiliar cultures can be done as partnerships and letting the Spirit’s love lead the way. We will hold the AMO staff in our prayers and the discernment process.

  • Rolf Koppe

    Blessings for your new position, dear Eden, I will never forget your positive role you played in the “special commission” of the WCC.
    Greetings from Rolf from Germany

  • Roger Sturge

    I have just learned of this well-deserved appointment. I have had the privilege of working with Eden and getting to know her family during her service in the African Ministries Office. Dear Eden, I wish you all well for your adjustment to your new role and your family’s adjustment to a new life and lifestyle. Blessings to you all.