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Friends in North America

North America is the historical homeland of FUM, and the effort of North American missionaries was decisive in bringing the Friends understanding of the gospel to areas a diverse as East Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.

Today, the Body of Christ in the United States and Canada is experiencing numerical decline and a financial crisis that has sapped much of the prosperity that once defined this continent. As a new century dawns, Friends in North America look to our Lord Jesus Christ to deliver us from the snares of materialism and despair, gathering us once again as his people.

To learn more about what Friends in North America are up to, check out the linked articles below:

Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

What Keeps Spiceland Friends Busy in Indiana?

By Richard P. Ratcliff, Spiceland Friends clerk In December, Spiceland Friends Meeting (Indiana Yearly Meeting) held its 56th annual Christmas Eve Cantata and Candlelight Service with 260 in attendance. Recently, 200 new hymnals and 20 new choir chairs were purchased. The roof on the older portion of the meetinghouse is being replaced and two of the six restrooms are being…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

News in Brief

Friends from Mooresville, Indiana, and High Point, North Carolina, sent 35 pounds of math books to the Belize Friends School in January. North Carolina Yearly Meeting will be hosting their annual Vacation Bible School in Jamaica, July 20-29. The purpose of the VBS is to form relationships with Jamaicans, provide spiritual education and equip Jamaican Friends for leadership. Richmond (Virginia) Friends Meeting held a workshop…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Spiritual State of the Meeting Queries for Baltimore Yearly Meeting

How does your meeting ensure that ministry is nurtured, and that members and attenders feel valued and cared for? What challenges and troubles are you facing? In what ways is the meeting less than you would wish it to be? How is the presence of Spirit manifested in your lives individually and as a meeting community?

Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

University Friends Discover When Helping Hurts

University Friends Meeting in Wichita, Kansas, is undergoing a six-session class, led by Pastor Cliff Loesch, to discuss the book, When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor … and Yourself, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. When Helping Hurts considers the Christian response to poverty and the Christian’s efforts to help anyone in need (at home or abroad). The authors point…

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2012 Chain of Prayer, January 1-May 27

The theme for the 2011-14 Triennium of Friends United Meeting is: A Great People to Be Gathered. Friends United Meeting spans the world and is the people of North America, Cuba, Jamaica, Belize, Ramallah, Kenya and Uganda. One way Friends United Meeting can be gathered from all corners of the globe is through prayer. In 1652, the founder of Quakerism, George Fox,…

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Meetinghouse Monday

Quaker Life began a promotion on our Facebook page in October called “Meetinghouse Monday.” Each Monday we feature a different FUM meetinghouse, including photos and interesting tidbits about a monthly meeting that is a member of FUM so we can get to know our family of Friends. But there is one catch — we don’t tell our Facebook fans what…

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Fun Ways to Fund-raise!

By Sylvia Graves In January, after the rush of the holidays is over, in your Sunday school class or youth group or USFW, draw names for “Secret Valentines.” Besides doing other little sweet and “sneaky” deeds to encourage that person, select a ministry project according to what you think the other person’s interest might be (for example, medicines for Kaimosi…

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FUM Friends Celebrate the Holidays

Forty people attended the annual family “carve-in” at First Friends Church of Whittier, California, in October, transforming pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, enjoying homemade goodies, entertaining one another with improvised dramas and building a 300-piece jigsaw puzzle. Sam and Becky Barber treated students at the Belize Friends School to a Thanksgiving dinner. They were joined by a work team from Iowa who painted the…

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Canadian Faith and Practice

For the first time since its formation in 1955 from the union of Canada Yearly Meeting (Orthodox), Canada Yearly Meeting (Conservative) and Genesee Yearly Meeting (Hicksite), Canadian Yearly Meeting has produced a uniquely Canadian Faith and Practice, expressing the Canadian Quaker experience. What is it that makes Canadian Yearly Meeting’s Quaker experience distinctive? This book of Faith and Practice reflects who the Canadian…

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Indiana Yearly Meeting Update

West Richmond Friends Minute The decision in Indiana Yearly Meeting to undertake a deliberate and collaborative reconfiguration (creating two yearly meetings out of the current one) was sparked by the different understandings meetings have about same sex relationships, which has brought to light the different views Friends have on the purpose of the yearly meeting (whether or not it has…

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