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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

Waiting Worship at Historic Sugar Grove Friends Meeting

The Sugar Grove meetinghouse at Plainfield, Indiana, served as home to both a local meeting and the yearly meetinghouse for the former Western Yearly Meeting of Conservative Friends (1877–1962). When this Conservative (Wilburite) Yearly Meeting was laid down in 1962, the local meeting continued independently until 1968 at which time the meetinghouse and burial grounds were given to the orthodox/Gurneyite Western Yearly Meeting, along with a large endowment for its maintenance.

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Declaration of the Friends Church in Cuba

Peace is a desire and a necessity for all human beings. It is an essential condition for our personal and communal well-being. For the current moment in Cuba, marked by a crisis situation that affects the most sensitive areas of citizens' lives, it is becoming something urgent.

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Update on Covid in East Africa

It’s two weeks and counting since the Kenyan government imposed restrictions on gatherings and an earlier curfew in the country’s Western and Lake Basin regions after a spike in coronavirus infections. Kenya’s Ministry of Health declared Kisumu County among the thirteen counties considered a hotspot zone, with 60% of the country’s new infections. This region includes the majority of Kenyan Quakers. The current surge in infections in the western region is partly blamed on the National Independence Day event hosted in Kisumu County in early June, and also on confirmed cases of the highly-transmissable delta variant first reported in India.

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Stoking the Fire, Virtually, on Pentecost

Nearly fifty Friends from across the US and Belize gathered online for this year’s Stoking the Fire retreat over Pentecost weekend. This virtual community and worship experiment was highlighted by opportunities for worship, inspiring messages, small group sharing, and a service project.

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A Season of Hope and Light

The General Board of Friends United Meeting is inviting you to participate in a unique “virtual” Triennial gathering. The theme for this gathering will coincide with FUM’s 2021 theme of Hope and Light as we celebrate the collaborative and transforming work Friends are doing across the globe.

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Kenyan Friends Partner for Mission to Lake Victoria’s Mfangano Island

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FUM Journal

Adopt-a-Bed Program Restores Evangelist's Health

Friends Lugulu Mission Hospital's Adopt-a-Bed program saves an evangelist's life on Mt. Elgon. Missionary Jeremiah Akoto writes: "On Friday the 7th of August, in the morning, the first thing I did was to call FUM Africa Ministries Director John Muhanji. I explained to him the situation on the ground and requested for his advice as well as his assistance. I thank God that Brother John asked me to take Stanley to Friends Lugulu Mission Hospital (FLMH) as fast as I could, and he directed me to see the hospital administrator when I arrived."

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Reflections on the Fruits of COVID-19 Collaboration in Africa

In East Africa, the three large Quaker “umbrella” organizations—Friends Church Kenya,, Friends World Committee for Consultation (Africa Section), and Friends United Meeting—came together at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to make a united response. They served together to alleviate suffering, and along the way discovered the enormous spiritual blessings of unity. Richard Sitati, FUM's Vice Presiding Clerk, reflects on the experience.

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Turkana Mission Utilizes Varied Approach to Successful Church Planting

Turkana Friends Mission, which was founded fifty years ago this year, continues to plant new churches. There are now thirty churches within Turkana, five of which have grown up in the past three years. Many of these Meetings arise from new or existing relationships—through family members and friends, or through an introduction to Friends by way of Friends' schools, health care, water ministry, or relief work.

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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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