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Friends United Meeting Triennial Opens at WC

350-Plus Quakers from Around the World Attending

July 28, 2011

Peggy Long of Yadkinville, N.C., places stars on a world map indicating locales where she engaged in pastoral projects on behalf of Friends United Meeting. The map is part of the Quaker Heritage Center's exhibit detailing the widespread influence of FUM. Gwen Headen of Siler City, N.C., also participated and, between the two, they placed stars on Jamaica, Alabama, Kenya and several locations in Mexico.

Peggy Long of Yadkinville, N.C., places stars on a world map indicating locales where she engaged in pastoral projects on behalf of Friends United Meeting. The map is part of the Quaker Heritage Center's exhibit detailing the widespread influence of FUM. Gwen Headen of Siler City, N.C., also participated and, between the two, they placed stars on Jamaica, Alabama, Kenya and several locations in Mexico.

More than 350 Friends from around the United States and other nations converged upon Wilmington College Wednesday (July 27) as the Friend United Meeting Triennial began its programming.

The Friends United Meeting’s triennial gathering runs July 27 through 31 under the theme "Trandforming Lives."

Prior to the Wednesday evening kick-off program, attendees had an opportunity to tour the campus and view the gallery exhibit in the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center, “Transforming Lives: The Work of Friends United Meeting.”

The exhibit runs through Dec. 16. Normal gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Belize, Cuba, Kenya, Ramallah and throughout North America, Friends United Meeting’s partner projects are making a difference in communities around the world, said QHC curator Ruth Dobyns, noting that visitors will have an opportunity to explore the impact of FUM’s global service “without a passport.”

“They will learn about the partner projects, the people who support them, the people on the ground who make them happen and the way that work transforms lives through Friends’ witness,” she said.