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.
The Quaker author Douglas V. Steere makes this bold claim: “When God answers prayer, things happen, miracles take place, and we live in a dynamic universe where prayer is a factor in effecting change.” As countries are in chaos, as the virus spreads, as communities are dealing with significant disruptions, the FUM community is invited to effect change through prayer.Read More
Because of the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Friends are asking—and rumors are spreading—about canceling the 2020 FUM/QMI/USFWI Triennial sessions. The General Board of Friends United Meeting met last week and discussed this possibility. While the virus is spreading quickly, at this point no decision has been made to change the plans or dates for the Triennial.Read More
No book is ever wasted in Africa. Books are hard to come by, and the FTC community is eagerly anticipating the arrival of this precious shipment.Read More
The Samburu Friends Mission Board, at its meeting on 8 February 2020, appointed Daniel Lentirangoi of Lorumoki Friends Church to serve as Acting Administrator for a one year period, while the Board carries out the search process for a new Director. Daniel is a recent graduate of Laikipia University with a teaching degree (specializations in History and Christian Religious Education), and hopes to enroll in the Bachelors of Theology programme at Friends Theological College later in 2020.Read More
I served as a pastoral minister among Friends for most of my adult life. In preparation for a recent move, I sorted through twenty-three years of sermon files, notes, and manuscripts. This revealed a lot about me and the kind of messages I like to preach—and the kind of messages I avoid.Read More
The Fall 2019 issue of Quaker Life, on justice, is in the mail and on shelves now. In the Bible, justice has to do with land and labor and family structures; with ownership and employment; with widows, orphans, and immigrants; with food and water and housing; with access to God at the Temple—with everything, material or spiritual, that is required for a human being to thrive. God cares for ALL of what God has created, and therefore shows a special regard for the weak and the marginalized for whom society cares less. And since God shows a special regard for the weak and the poor, a corresponding quality is required of God’s people. God’s people must also be especially concerned with equity and fairness in society and economy, with guaranteeing every creature’s access to the necessities of life: to water, food, health, respect, attention, kindness, helpful community, and the opportunity to draw near to God. As a foundation for life together, justice is a vast and widening gyre, and our authors in this issue explore the theme from many angles.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.