FUM News Blog

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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Pray for Ramallah Friends School in Palestine

Friends United Meeting is inviting Friends to pray for our school in Palestine as teachers, board, and school officials respond to the on-going Covid threat, prepare for leadership transitions, and carry out end-of-year activities.

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The Pad Project

The Western Yearly Meeting (Indiana) United Society of Friends Women have worked with Africa Programme Officers Katrina and Shawn McConaughey on a sustainable solution for some girls among the Kenyan pastoralist peoples—reusable sanitary pads.

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COVID-19 Community Corps: #WeCanDoThis

FUM General Secretary Kelly Kellum was recently invited to be a founding member of the Covid-19 Community Corps, in company with other community, business, and faith leaders. The Corps is an initiative of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fight against Covid-19, to increase confidence in Covid-19 vaccines, and to encourage measures to slow the spread of the disease. The inaugural meeting was held on April 1, after which Kelly wrote to staff members: “While I spend hours and hours in virtual meetings these days, it’s not every meeting that my Zoom profile is sandwiched between that of the Vice President and the Surgeon General of the United States.”

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Friends Lugulu Mission Hospital

2020 was a year filled with challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the institution as most clients cannot offset their hospital bills. This financial crisis weighs heavily on the hospital's limited resources. Staff members are also prone to contracting Covid-19, so the hospital does regular testing. To date, no staff of Friends Lugulu Mission Hospital has been diagnosed with Covid-19.

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