Friends United Meeting
About Representatives to Friends United Meeting General Board.
Friends United Meeting (FUM) is an umbrella organization consisting as of yearly meetings in North America (including New York Yearly Meeting), Jamaica, Cuba, and East Africa. These are joined in a covenant of cooperation to carry out ministries both to their own constituencies and to the world. Friends United Meeting (FUM) is headquartered in Richmond, Indiana, and has offices in Kisumu, Kenya.
About our appointments
New York Yearly Meeting appoints members to the FUM General Board who as a body are under the care of Nurture Coordinating Committee in the Nurture Section of the yearly meeting. Representatives to the General Board carry New York Yearly Meeting concerns to FUM, provide reports of the work of FUM to the Yearly Meeting, and take other opportunities to open channels of communication between the two bodies.
Friends United Meeting as a Fellowship
In addition to what FUM strives to do (see below), FUM strives to be a global fellowship.
Click the following to download a booklet about Friends United Meeting's global fellowship, which also includes information about its programs.
Friends United Meeting's Work in the World
Through NYYM's World Ministries Committee, we fund FUM projects around the world. These include:
- Girl Child Education ($2,400 in 2015)
- Friends Church Peace Team ($3,500 in 2015)
- Ramallah Friends School ($500 in 2015)
- Cuban Quaker Peace Institute and Building Fund Project ($6,000 in 2015)
- Cuba Building Fund ($3,000 in 2015)
- Friends Education in Kenya ($2,500 in 2015)
Friends Discernment Regarding FUM's Personnel Policy
Background information—click the link.
Some Friends and some meetings in New York Yearly Meeting have been in discernment about what their relationship should be, and what NYYM's relationship should be, to Friends United Meeting, given FUM's personnel policy, which many Friends perceive as being de facto discriminatory toward LGBTQ Friends.
If you or your meeting are in such a process of discernment, we urge you to visit our web page dedicated to this concern. It provides context and background information that is necessary for pursuing this concern with faithfulness and integrity.
|NYYM Statements and Minutes on Sexual Orientation and Gender
|A Timeline of Crisis Points for FUM Personnel Policy
|Friends United Meeting Personnel Policy
|Report: Task Group on FUM, 2008
|Sexual Orientation and Gender Concerns