The 49th Annual Dwight & Ardis Michener
Michener Lecture & Seminars
Sunday, January 20th, 2019
Luncheon • 11:30 am
Lecture & Seminars • 1 pm – 4 pm
Orlando Friends Meetinghouse • 316 E. Marks St., Orlando, Florida 32803
“Good News to the Oppressed:
Friends’ Witness in the 21st century”
Many Friends are rightly uncomfortable with the concept of “missions”, especially in light of the historic missionary movement’s association with colonialism and racism and the damaging effects which are still felt today. Yet what if the true meaning of “mission” is to find out what God is doing and join in? And what if this is also the essential purpose of the faithful community? Friends are at our best when we are animated by a “missional” identity, that is, a desire to participate in God’s work in transforming the world. And, as we know, God’s work is most clearly revealed amid contexts of suffering and oppression. Quaker mission in the 21st century must therefore be focused on centering the voices and experiences of those who are most vulnerable and marginalized. What does this look like in actual Friends practice today?
the 2019 Michener Lecture will be presented by
Eden Grace has served as FUM’s Global Ministries Director since July 2013. From 2004 – 2013, She served as the Field Officer for FUM in the Africa Ministries Office in Kisumu,Kenya. Eden is responsible for shepherding FUM’s programmatic work in 11 countries on 4 continents. She has a passion for the holistic and transformation witness of Friends that arises from deep worship in the gathered body. She is particularly engaged in issues of race, class, gender, and culture within the beloved fellowship of believers. She thinks of her role specifically, and that of FUM in general, as a ligament in the body of Christ (Eph. 4:15-16; Col. 2:19)
Eden holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Certificate in International Mission and Ecumenism from the Boston Theological Institute. Her undergraduate degree is from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she studied drama, literature and semiotics. In addition to her extensive involvement with Friends’ organizations, she has also served in leadership roles in the World Council of Churches and the Massachusetts Council of Churches, and carries a deep concern for Christian unity.
Eden Grace is a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting in Boston, in New England Yearly Meeting, and is an active attender of West Richmond Friends Meeting in Richmond, Indiana. She and her husband Jim have two young adult sons, are the host family for a Kenyan college student, and have taken in a Richmond teen. Eden loves to travel, sing sacred choral music, read fiction, and make quilts using African fabrics.