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Kenneth Wayne Young

Friends Journal - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:05pm
Young—Kenneth Wayne Young, 69, on November 4, 2016, in Richmond, Va. Wayne was born two months early on February 12, 1947, in a small hospital in Woodstock, Va. His family kept him warm by the side of the woodstove—a homemade incubator—and he grew up to be strong and healthy. His father ran a small store and gas station. Wayne loved history, especially that of his birthplace in the Shenandoah Valley, and was especially drawn to the history of the Mennonites and United Brethren in the region. After graduating from high school🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here!
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Final Version Community Safety Act for June 1 vote

American Friends Service Committee - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 8:17pm

This is the language of the proposed Community Safety Act that was agreed upon by the Working Group.  Included in the working group was the Commissioner of Public Safety, the Police Chief, the President of the Fraternal Order of Police, three community representatives, and three city councilors.  

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San Francisco, CA Centennial Event

American Friends Service Committee - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:40am
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 8:40am
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New Hampshire Centennial Event

American Friends Service Committee - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:39am
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 8:40am
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Michigan Centennial Event

American Friends Service Committee - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:38am
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:35am
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Greensboro, NC Centennial Event

American Friends Service Committee - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:37am
Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 8:35am
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Newark, NJ Centennial Event

American Friends Service Committee - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:33am
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:30pm Newark AFSC Invite Photo: AFSC/
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Arlington, VA Centennial Event

American Friends Service Committee - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:30am
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 8:30am
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FUM Triennial: Application Deadline Extended!

Friends United Meeting - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 6:25pm

We’re preparing for our Triennial gathering in Wichita, Kansas, USA, and we hope that someone from your Meeting or Church (maybe even YOU!) will be planning to attend. We have a great line-up of speakers: Miriam Khamadi Were, C. Wess Daniels, Jan Wood, and our own Colin Saxton! We’re working on some excellent workshops – more about that later – and we’re cultivating Young Adult Friend involvement through our Stewards program.

May 31st was our initial deadline for regular-price registration for Triennial, but in order to make our event more accessible, we’re moving that deadline up to June 15th! Now through June 15th, registration is only $210. You can read more about and register by heading over to our registration site.

Hope to see you in Wichita in July!

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North American Ministries Outreach Grant of $200,000

Friends United Meeting - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 2:37pm

With roughly 45 days remaining in the Energize, Equip and Connect Campaign we are now within $175,000 of our $3,000,000 goal! Thanks to all of you who helped get us this far!

For others, please make your gift or pledge today and join the rest of us in strengthening and sustaining the work of FUM all around the world.

Our primary focus, as we conclude the Campaign, is matching the $200,000 North American Ministries (NAM) outreach grant we have received. With up to $50,000 committed for each of the next four years, we have an opportunity to begin several new initiatives if we can match this amount. So far, Friends like you have committed $75,000 for each of the next four years. This means we are at 37.5% of our match goal with plenty of time to meet or beat it!

A four-year Campaign pledge for the NAM match, beyond what you normally give to FUM, doubles your investment in our shared work and witness. Please click on the link (NAM Match Pledge Form) to print out a pledge form and make your gift today! On behalf of the global community of FUM—thank you!

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Stewards Program Application for the 2017 Triennial

Friends United Meeting - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:29am

Young Adult Friends (aged 18–27) who are interested in the Friends movement and in developing their leadership experience could gain significant benefit from participating in the Stewards Program offered during the Triennial. The program will be facilitated by Pat Byers, Assistant Superintendent, Indiana Yearly Meeting, and will include significant time working alongside those leading the Youth/ YAF Program, at the Triennial.

Program focus

At this Triennial gathering the Stewards Program will have three main areas of focus:

1. Education/introduction to the Friends movement.

2. Leadership experience working with Young Friends and other Young Adults at the Triennial. Also, there will be focused time getting to know and working with leaders from different Yearly Meetings.

3. Opportunity to rub shoulders with and learn from some ‘seasoned’ leaders of the Friends movement.

Why choose to be an FUM Steward at Triennial this summer?

1. Get to know Friends. Perhaps you have a LOT of knowledge of the Friends movement, or perhaps you are brand new to it. No matter where you land on that spectrum, we feel you will come away with more.

2. Be challenged in leadership. Whether you have had a lot of leadership experience, or are just getting started, the Stewards Program will provide a wonderful opportunity. You will be challenged by Friends leaders, and you will be challenged by those you will have an opportunity be alongside in leadership. There is also value in getting to know and coming alongside fellow young leaders from other Yearly Meetings in other parts of the country. We feel this will provide a well-rounded experience that will spur young leaders to new levels.

3. Take advantage. We are in a unique moment within both the Friends movement and the wider culture. Friends are thinking hard about where they fit and how they can affect the future of the Church and of society. In addition, businesses, non-profit organizations, and Churches are all emphasizing the importance of leadership qualities. We hope to take advantage of this moment.

4. Share what YOU are learning. Since many who will attend as Stewards will be products of previous leadership programs, we would love for those attending this program to bring books, ideas, and/or names of authors or people who have been inspirational when it comes to leadership. Those shepherding this program do not claim to have “the corner” on what it takes to be a good leader. We ask that Stewards come prepared to share how God has already shaped them in aspects of leadership.

More information and program application available here: 2017 FUM Triennial stewards form extended.

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Community Celebration of 15 Years of work

American Friends Service Committee - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 9:40am
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 6:00pm CSA march

CSA March 2012

Photo: MYager/M Yager
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FUM’s 2017 “Living Letters” service-learning delegation to Ramallah

Friends United Meeting - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 9:59pm

On June 20, the annual Living Letters service-learning trip to the Ramallah Friends School departs for an experience of just over two weeks. The interfaith and intergenerational group will first visit the Galilee on its way to Ramallah. There they will stay at the Melkite school of Abuna Elias Chacour, learning about the lives of Palestinian Arabs in Israel, before touring the Sea of Galilee area and visiting an Israeli kibbutz on the Lebanon/Syria border.

The trip to Ramallah will take the group through the Jordan Valley to Jericho and the Dead Sea Scrolls community of Qumran before ascending the Palestinian highlands into Ramallah. Staying at the Ramallah Friends Upper School campus, the group will do service projects at the Friends Meetinghouse and at the two campuses of the Lower and Upper Schools.

Along with service, the learning part will include meetings with Israelis and Palestinians engaged in peace and justice work, evenings with families whose children have attended Quaker colleges in the U.S., worshiping with the Quaker community, and attending Friday prayers at a local mosque. Time in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, and area villages will further add to the group’s experience of the rich religious, political, and cultural history of the area.

Max and Jane Carter of North Carolina Yearly Meeting have led this annual FUM-sponsored trip for decades, and have indicated that they will only be available for a few more years before they retire from this particular ministry. Friends who wish to be informed when the 2018 registration opens can send their contact details to Lisa Scarpelli at


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New Stoking the Fire Registration Date: May 31st

Friends United Meeting - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 9:01pm

Good news: the deadline for registration for Stoking the Fire has been extended until May 31! Late registration fees won’t be charged until June 1.

If you aren’t excited yet about this spiritual experience, check out some of the information available on our Stoking the Fire website. Here are comments made by Friends who attended last year’s Stoking the Fire:

This was my very first gathering sponsored by FUM. I was eager to meet the people and get a sense of the community. I had/have the clear sense that this is, indeed, the Body of Christ and therefore I am woven and knitted into the core of God’s Heart, which binds us all together. The generosity of spirit seemed to me to be a clear sign of Christ’s presence among us. I was also very encouraged by every story I heard about people’s involvement in their home communities and Yearly Meetings. While that wasn’t central to our work together, it happened among the edges, naturally, and it further convinced me that this particular group of people is truly the leaven in the loaf. Praise God!

There was a commonality of seeking the Holy Spirit to dwell among us that weekend. . . I was made more mindful.

I was tremendously blessed by the giftedness of a number of younger people whom God is clearly forming in ministry in really significant ways.

The words that come to mind are intimate, mindful, centered, focused, intentional, and grounded. It was a weekend filled with metaphors and visual images that helped us make meaning and remember our time together.

We pray that this year’s Stoking the Fire will provide interested Friends with the same experience of joy and blessing. You can register for Stoking the Fire here.

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