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Opening Minute of the 2011 FUM Triennial

Kelly Kellum, Clerk

Friends, welcome! We gather here on the 28th day of July 2011, on the beautiful campus of Wilmington College, for the Triennial Sessions of Friends United Meeting. We are thankful to the staff and administration of Wilmington College, the members of the Wilmington Yearly Meeting, and the city of Wilmington for their generous hospitality extended to this global gathering of Friends.

The theme of these Triennial Sessions, “Transforming Lives,” is inspired by the words of the Apostle Paul, from Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern and approve what God’s will is—God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

This theme speaks to the ongoing presence and work of God’s Spirit within us and through us. Pastor and author, Trevor Hudson, writes: “Transformation into greater Christ-likeness comes as a gift to those generously open to the Holy Spirit.” (Trevor Hudson, A Mile in My Shoes)

During these Triennial Sessions, in our worship, business, study, and fellowship together, may we be a people generously open to the Holy Spirit, and may we be empowered through God’s Spirit to carry forth the transforming work of Friends United Meeting.