Friends United Meeting Interchange Reports
The text of recently printed Interchange reports for Friends United Meeting are below, with the most recent at the top and older reports below. To jump to a particular report, simply click the link below.
|Fall 2016 Interchange|
|Fall 2012 Interchange|
Georgia Fuller, BYM representative to FUM General Board
Friends United Meeting has been moving toward becoming a world-wide Quaker community of mutual respect and spiritual witness. In 2014 the General Board was divided into two regions—the North American/Caribbean and the African regional boards. The Executive Committee, which is comprised of members from both regional boards, meets regularly by conference call. Board members are encouraged to attend both regional meetings. For example, our June 20th meeting held in Gibara, Cuba, had fourteen Board members from the United States, two from Cuba, one from Jamaica, and two from Kenya. This meeting was another step in FUM’s vision of transforming from what began as a colonialist, missionary organization to a global partnership of faith and practice.
After years of semi-isolation, our Cuban Friends were overjoyed that, for the first time, the FUM General Board had come to them! Quakers came to Cuba’s shores in 1900. Cuban Quakers greeted us with welcome signs, balloons and freshly painted, newly air-conditioned sleeping quarters. The two large churches in Cuba have water purification systems and they share this safe water with their neighbors. They also share food, medicine and other household items. They recently established the Cuban Quaker Peace Institute, which has just graduated twelve certified mediators. (The full report is in the minutes of BYM’s 2016 Annual Session.)
40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends
Friends United Meeting invites Friends everywhere to meet together in the Spirit to contemplate how Friends are called to be a vital, dedicated movement for good in the world. Starting October 10, this can include queries, guided devotional exercises, and small-group gatherings. For more information, contact FUM. (765-962-7573 or firstname.lastname@example.org) On the web, see www.fum.org/about/40DaysofPrayer_2012.htm.