FUM News Blog

Quaker Heritage Scenic Byway

With Wilmington College’s Quaker Heritage Center playing a leading role in identifying sites of historical interest, the Ohio Department of Transportation recently announced the creation of the Quaker Heritage Scenic Byway, a 54-mile loop through Clinton and Warren counties in southwestern Ohio.

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Getry Agizah Speaks for Living Witness of Friends Series

Getry Agizah, Coordinator for Friends Church Peace Team, recently spoke in the Living Witness of Friends Fall Conversation Series organized by Wilmington (Ohio) Friends Meeting, and open to all Friends over Zoom. Getry shared testimonies of her work in FCPT—a ministry born out of Kenyan Quakers’ response to the 2007 Kenyan election violence. FCPT continues to work to reduce violence and conflict in Kenya, whatever the causes may be. FCPT volunteers and staff have trained thousands of Kenyans in Alternatives to Violence, Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities, trauma healing, nonviolent social change, transformative mediation, and more. The Peace Team’s efforts were central to the quelling of violence between the 2007 and 2013 elections. They enabled displaced persons to move back to their homes. They worked to rebuild connections between neighbors of rival communities. The ongoing work done through this ministry literally removes the causes of war.

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Triennial Planning Updates

During the General Board Meeting, FUM members received an update from the Planning Committee about the upcoming Triennial. The Planning Committee reported that plans are underway to host the 2023 Triennial in Kenya. Given plans for the joint gathering in 2020 were disrupted, invitations were issued to the United Society of Friends Women International and Quaker Men International to partner with FUM in the gathering. Both agreed.

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The Kenyan Quaker Church’s Call for Missions, Part II

During the first retreat of the FUM African Mission Committee or Friends Africa Board of Missions (FABOM), held at Noble Hotel in Eldoret in August, the Board explored what they need to do to make mission a part of the work of the African church. During the retreat in Eldoret, it was clear that the committee needed to develop a mission, vision, and strategy for African missions. The purpose of the Friends Africa Board of Missions (FABOM) is to fuel the engagement of African Friends in fulfillment of the Great Commission across the world. The mission statement developed at the retreat directs FABOM to energize, equip, and send African Friends to mission fields to fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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The Kenyan Quaker Church’s Call for Missions

Since 1902, the Kenyan Friends Church has been a recipient of missions from Western Friends. Many years have passed, and the same story repeats itself—even after Quaker missionaries left the country in 1964 and left the Church under Kenyans’ management. The church has remained a recipient of missions, and this has led to the understanding among Kenyan Quakers that missions are a preserve of the West—especially funding the mission work as a local church. Many Kenyan Quakers are willing and ready to go to the mission field, but expect the Western churches, under Friends United Meeting, to fund them. This has affected the ability of the Quaker Church in Kenya to carry out missions work.

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FWCC, FUM Partner for Communications Training

This September, the Africa Section of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC–AS), in collaboration with the Africa Ministries Office of Friends United Meeting, has been conducting communications training among Yearly Meetings leaders in Kenya, with the aim of improving online communication through the use of internet services.

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