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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

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)

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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.

Sunday Worship

Friends attending the Michener Lecture are invited to worship with Orlando or Winter Park Friends:

  • 9:30 am at Orlando Meeting , 316 E. Marks St. , Orlando, FL 32803
  • 10:00 am at Winter Park Meeting, Winter Park Christian Church, 260 N. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park FL 32792


All are welcome! We do appreciate any and all contributions to help cover costs. Suggested Registration Donation for lunch, lecture & seminars is $30.00, register at the door.


We need to know in advance if children are coming! To request childcare, please contact the SEYM Office: office@seym.org, (407) 739-4150.


For overnight hospitality in Friends’ homes, email Ray Jenkins   or reach him by phone (9am-5pm only) at 407-803-2109.

Recommended Hotels:

Courtyard by Marriott, 730 N. Magnolia, Orlando 32803. To get our group rate, call the hotel direct at 407-996-1000, BY DEC. 28th, and ask for the QUAKERS MICHENER LECTURE group rate; or register online at their Quaker Michener Lecture page. Double rooms (any beds, 1-2 people) are $139 + tax per night, which includes parking. After Dec. 28th, standard rates apply.

Best Western Orlando West2014 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida 32804. 

Hosted by Orlando Monthly Meeting


From I-4: Exit I-4 onto SR 50, go east two blocks to Magnolia; turn left, go north four blocks to light; turn right on Marks, go east two blocks; turn right into driveway or onto Broadway.

From East-West Expressway: Exit Magnolia; go north to Marks; turn right, go east two blocks; turn right into driveway or onto Broadway.

Parking is available in the parking lot behind the Meetinghouse and on Broadway Avenue.