Thursday, January 17, 2008

Eden Grace of FUM on PRI program "The World" - 1/16/2008

Friends United Meeting Field Staff member Eden Grace provided an interview yesterday to Public Radio International's program, "The World." Eden has been serving since January 2005 in FUM's African Ministries Office in Kisumu, Kenya.

The Grace family are part of FUM's Global Ministries team. Eden Grace lives in Kisumu with her husband, James Grace, and their two young sons, where she works with John Muhanji to represent FUM to the fifteen Kenyan Yearly Meetings and various Friends projects throughout East Africa.

Eden's brief interview aired on NPR stations yesterday. If you missed the interview, you can still access the audio online. See the second item on the January 16th program at The World webpage.

From that page, look for this text:

The violence in Kenya today was especially fierce in the western town of Kisumu. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with long-time Kisumu resident Eden Grace.

web resources:
Global voices on the situation in Kenya
Read blogs from Kenya

In the interview, Eden gives a first-hand account of the post-election crisis, giving a substantive update on the situation in Kisumu city, with some reflections on the causes of the violence and the struggles that lie ahead for Kenya as a nation. She further explores some of the challenges facing the Friends (Quaker) Church in East Africa, as members examine their role in preventing future crises, drawing on Friends' traditional commitment to the Peace Testimony, through intensive peacebuilding, reconciliation, and trauma healing work.

See a separate blog posting on this page, with information about the upcoming Friends Peace Conference that Eden is helping to plan, scheduled to take place in Kakamega, later this month.

Mary Kay Rehard

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