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An Enduring Truth

Throughout our history, the people known as Friends (or Quakers) keep rediscovering an essential and enduring truth: There is one who speaks to our most basic needs and most significant hopes—Christ Jesus the Lord. Both individually and communally, we are learning to know and follow the Voice that guides us in the way we should go. Together, we seek to understand and obey that truth which sets us free. As a people, we share in the experience of that powerful life which makes all things new. Maybe you are searching for an authentic and transforming faith and community to call home—if so, come in and join us as we seek to know and follow Christ.

FUM News

Belize Friends Goes Back to School Online

On Saturday, 14 August 2021, the Ministry of Education of Belize announced that, due to an alarming spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country, the in-person start of classes would be delayed until at least October.

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News from Friends Lugulu Mission Hospital

Friends Lugulu Mission Hospital continues to faithfully serve the people of western Kenya even (or especially?) during a crippling pandemic. Board chair Moses Poipoi recently reminded Board members that the hospital might seem small but it has a big impact and, “if one fellow gets well, the whole family gets well.”

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Pledges in East Africa for East Africa

Mission work in East Africa goes way back to 1902, and since then African Quakers have continued to remain faithful to this call to share the life and mission of Jesus and to give witness to the gospel in Africa, among Africans and the rest of the world. Friends United Meeting and the Friends Africa Board of Missions are entering a new era, challenging all Quakers—most especially African Quakers—to take over the mantle and develop a new approach to mission through global partnership.

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Belize Pastors Enroll, Virtually, at Friends Theological College

FUM's two Belizean pastors-in-training—Clifton Major and Christopher Luben—joined us about four years ago. I was introduced to Clifton by his wife, Athina Major, who taught at Belize Friends School. I had asked Athina for help with organizing a basketball tournament, as part of the Belize Friends Center’s campaign against human trafficking. When Clifton heard about it, he offered to help. I later learned that he was a community organizer who worked with youth groups in the community.

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Renovaré Bible Study to use Friends United Press book

Friends United Press received word last week that Renovaré—an international organization dedicated to Christian spiritual formation—will be using The Journal and Major Essays of John Woolman for an upcoming Book Club study. With Richard Foster’s input, Renovaré selected the Phillips Moulton edited version, which Friends United Press publishes. This book club will lead approximately 1,800 people through the study, and it will be facilitated by Dr. Jon Kershner.

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FUM Celebrates the Ministry of John Moru

Staff members of the Africa Ministries Office of Friends United Meeting—including John Muhanji, Emonse Muhindi, Katrina and Shawn McConaughey, along with FUM General Secretary Kelly Kellum—visited Turkana Friends Mission from 29 July to 1 August.

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FUM Journal

Creating Multiple Sacred Spaces

One of the conversations we have had this year at Belize Friends Church is about creating multiple sacred spaces for people with various needs within the church. I find that the Spirit is in this conversation. . . . Creating multiple sacred spaces can be an alternative to, or can supplement, the more traditional mobilizing of people to know and experience God by focusing on a sermon.

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Samburu Mission Takes Entrepreneurial Training

Africa Programme Officer Shawn McConaughey writes about the multiple benefits of an entrepreneurial ministry training with pastors from the Samburu mission and some leadership from members of the Turkana mission who went through the same training several years ago.

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A Sending Church

Shawn McConaughey interviews three Kenyan Friends on their philosophies of giving to missions work among Africans and around the world.

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Our Mission

Friends United Meeting commits itself to energize and equip Friends through the power of the Holy Spirit to gather people into fellowships where Jesus Christ is known, loved, and obeyed as Teacher and Lord.

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