- Friends United Meeting
Friends United Meeting (FUM) is an association of twenty-six
yearly meetings of the Religious Society of Friends(Quakers) in North America, Africa, and the Caribbean. In addition there are several individual Monthly meetingsand organizations that are members of FUM. FUM's headquarters is in Richmond, Indiana, and has offices in Kisumu, Kenya.
There are three other main branches within Quakerism, two of them represented by parallel organizations (
Friends General Conferenceand Evangelical Friends International); the third ( Conservative Friends) has no single unifying organization. Of these four branches, FUM has the largest number of individual members. FUM is responsible for much of the growth of Quakerism in Africaand Latin America.
Five years after the signing on the
Richmond Declarationin 1887, Five Years Meeting was established in 1902 by a collection of orthodox yearly meetings.
World War I, growing desire for a more fundamentalist approach began to split Five Years Meeting. in 1926, Northwest Yearly Meeting withdrew from the organization, leading several other yearly meetings and scattered monthly meetings. In 1947, the Association of Evangelical Friendswas formed, which led in turn to the 1965 formation of the Evangelical Friends Association, a precursor to today's Evangelical Friends International, formed in 1989. [http://www.nwfriends.org/what-friends-believe/historical-statement/ Northwest Yearly Meeting Historical Statement]
During the 1950s many yearly meetings in
North Americareunited and became joint members of Five Years Meeting and Friends General Conference.
In 1963 Five Years Meeting was renamed Friends United Meeting.
"Our purpose is "to energize and equip Friends through the power of the Holy Spirit to gather people into fellowships where Jesus Christ is known, loved and obeyed as Teacher and Lord." [http://www.fum.org/about/index.html Purpose statement as seen on the FUM website] ]
Religious Society of Friends
Evangelical Friends International
Friends General Conference
* [http://www.fum.org Friends United Meeting]
* [http://www.faithstreams.com/topics/members-and-partners/friends-united-meeting-quakers-.html A description of FUM and Quakerism]
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