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.
Every year, the children on Mt. Elgon look forward to the December holidays because it’s a festive season. It is a season that brings lots of joy and happiness to share love and gratitude with the staff of Friends United Meeting Africa Ministries and Transforming Communities for Social Change.Read More
In November of 2022, Iglesia Amigos in Indianapolis began a housing ministry in the parsonage of Valley Mills Friends Meeting, a member of Western Yearly Meeting. Iglesia Amigos rents the parsonage at a discounted rate as part of Valley Mills Friends Meeting support of the ministry.Read More
Celebration and color filled the Mama Ngina Girls High School in Mombasa, Kenya, that hosted the Tenth Africa Friends Pastors Conference. The five-day conference, which began on 26 December, 2022, attracted over 900 pastors from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Congo. It was sponsored by Friends United Meeting and planned by the superintendents of Yearly Meetings in Kenya.Read More
Friends United Meeting (FUM) is searching for a Coordinator of North American Ministries to work closely with the staff team, board committees, and Friends leaders to coordinate FUM’s programs to support the congregational health and spiritual vitality of North American members. While a candidate who can work from FUM’s office in Richmond is most desired, we will also consider applications from those who live outside the region and are open to remote work.Read More
For many years Lindi Friends School has been a refuge of hope and joy for the children of Kibera, a large urban slum in Nairobi. The school was established in 2005 by Friends in Nairobi, who were called to serve the impoverished families living in Kibera. Today, Lindi Friends School has nearly 340 students in its nursery and primary programs. Many of our graduates pass the national exams, which qualifies them to go on to secondary school.Read More
As we prepare for a New Year, Friends United Meeting will be adjusting to several staffing transitions. We are sad to report that Colin Saxton has submitted his resignation. Colin returned to Friends United Meeting to serve as FUM’s Director of North American Ministries, with responsibilities of advancement and overseeing ministry priorities among North American Friends. In addition, he continued to do part-time work for Everence Financial Services.Read More
Emily Provance writes about how Quaker communities might begin to think about caring for parents and families, based on the second year of the Quaker parent mutual support groups co-sponsored by Friends United Meeting, New York Yearly Meeting, and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Chief among her findings: Quaker parents feel profoundly isolated. "Some parents are literally alone...Other parents feel isolated despite not being literally alone. Parents in the group talked about the isolation of being the only Quaker in their geographic area or the only Quaker family in their meeting. They talked about the difficulty of developing deep friendships in modern society. They talked about their hunger for connections with parents in similar circumstances: other disabled parents, other single parents, other foster parents, other parents with shared custody arrangements. Facilitators heard it repeated again and again: 'I feel so alone.'"Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.