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Quaker Life – November/December 2012


“As you read the feature articles, you will gain an appreciation for the role of stewardship. You will find stewardship comprises more than giving money. Our authors define stewardship as caring for our religious life, our time, our environment, our world and yes, our money. All the writers bring a different perspective to
this vital topic. I pray you will be blessed, enlightened and encouraged as you read. I also pray there will be some word, phrase or picture that will stay with you and cause you to reflect upon stewardship as a response of gratitude for the life God has graciously given you.

Let me know how this issue has touched your heart. I do want to hear from you and encourage you to write or call anytime. For, my Friend, we are all in this together, preaching the gospel in a work of art entitled, Friends United Meeting. May you sense the presence of God in every aspect of your life.”

Annie Glen – Editor, Quaker Life

We Must Shake The World – By Rufus Jones

“There never has been any period in Quaker history when the whole Society of Friends was on a high level. It has always been the splendid remnant that has saved the day and carried us forward. We have a noble remnant today, and that remnant may do wonders. It may take us out of the bogs and carry us on to the hills of God. Our first task is to get together become once more a unified people, pulling together. Then, with God, we can do what before we couldn’t. But the first call is for great expectations.”

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First Covenant, Earth Covenant – By William H. Mueller

“We should have no trouble therefore in understanding what the first covenant is really about. This covenant calls us to stand in the Light as witnesses for care of the earth, the Light that illumines life in its infinite variety and color that God saw was very good (Genesis 1:31). For on this depends the eternally enriching life God imagined for us and our fellow-creatures in the beginning (Genesis 1:1-27).”

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How A Meeting Without Children Ministers… – By Jamie A. Lyon


“Our answer was, ‘You stop waiting for them to come to you. Instead, you go to them.'”

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Stewardship And Our Life In Christ – By Linda B. Selleck

“How do we stay content in the face of great difficulties, sacrifices, or great suffering? This is a different kind of stewardship of the spirit, mind, and emotions. In Philippians 4:12, Paul wrote: ‘I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.’”

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Answering The Divine Grace Of Time – By Steve Olshewsky


“In a capitalist society, it makes sense to describe the value of our lives in dollar terms. Yet most of us measure our lives in years and value the ability to spend our time freely. So the real pearl of great price is the time God gives us to continue in this world. Of all the things for which our gratitude leads us to care, the most precious is God’s gift of time.”

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Hospitality: Stewardship In Action – By Rod Waltz

“At the end of the day, ‘The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.’ (Galatians 5:6) The bottom line is not numbers adding together to create a profit; it is caring to the best of our ability for the life we have.”

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Alms Giving And Prayer? – By Beryl Jantzi


“‘Prayer changes things’ and ‘prayer makes a difference’ are familiar phrases. Couldn’t the same be said for alms giving? There continues to be a reticence in our homes and in our congregations when it comes to talking about money and giving in general. We might do well to recognize the spiritual role money does have in our lives. God, for one, seems to be paying attention if what is written in Acts 10 has any implication to us today.”

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Other Articles In This Issue:

Staff Columns

Meanderings and Musings – Annie Glen
Out of My Mind – Colin Saxton
Spreading the Word – Micah Bales

FUM News

FUM News In Brief
FUM Field Staff Updates
Local Church Strategic Planning: A Stewardship Responsibility – Brian Donley
Thankful For Carl Williams’ Ministry

Other Content

Ask Tom: Is There A Distinctive Quaker Approach To Stewardship? – Tom Hamm
Stopping By To Feed The Squirrels – Louise Wilson
Perspectives: Sacred Ground – Becky Memmelaar
Passages: Quaker Obituaries
Review: Historical Dictionary Of The Friends – Annie Glen