On June 23, Friends United Meeting (FUM) announced the resignation of Eden Grace as the director of global ministries, a position she has held since 2013 in which she was responsible for shepherding FUM’s programmatic work in 11 countries on four continents. Previous to this position, Grace was a member of the FUM field staff in Kenya for nine years.
FUM includes 37 yearly meetings and associations, from the Caribbean to Palestine, Africa to North America and some places in between. In announcing Grace’s resignation, the FUM email newsletter noted that “she brings a high level of competency, passion, and spiritual depth to her ministry. Additionally, she works continuously to encourage and empower the global community of Friends.”
Grace says that her work as director of global ministries has been “the most rewarding and difficult work” of her life. She leaves with all the FUM Global Ministries field staff positions filled.
Grace plans to stay on to facilitate an “orderly and responsible transition.” Her last day is yet to be determined. FUM is reviewing staffing needs and plans to announce a search in the coming weeks.
Going forward, Grace is taking time to reflect. “I have nearly 30 years experience among Friends and with practical ministry. I want to synthesize this. I might have something useful to say.”
Top image: Eden Grace.