About the Mission
Friends United Meeting (FUM) is a gathering of 30+ yearly meetings of Friends (Quakers) in North America, the Carribean, and east Africa. (A yearly meeting is a gathering of several local meetings/churches.) FUM has had a ministry in Belize for several years, at the invitation of Ms. Sadie Vernon.
First there was a girls school, then a boy’s continuation school. The girls school grew to the point where it became Sadie Vernon public school. The boys school is still alive and well, except that it now accepts girls as well and we now call it the Belize Friends School rather than the Belize Friends Boys School.
Recently FUM has begun to ask if there are other “places” that God may be leading us in Belize and this site is the public expression of that exploration. Dale Graves will live in Belize for a year and explore as many options and connections as possible and will keep the readers of this site as up to date as possible.
My name is Dale Graves. I am an active member of West Newton Monthly Meeting of Friends southwest of Indianapolis just outside the Interstate 465 loop. I was the presiding clerk of Western Yearly Meeting for the past 4 years until I was released by the yearly meeting do serve with Friends United Meeting in Belize for a one year interim assignment. I have been active with Friends United Meeting in different capacities for some time.
Some of you may well know my wife, Sylvia Graves, better than you know me. She was the general secretary of Friends United Meeting for six years. She’s much nicer than I am.
I was a public school teacher at Mooresville High School, in Mooresville Indiana. I began that in the fall of 1968 and retired in June of 2007. During that time I took two leaves, one to teach at Oskaloosa High School, in Oskaloosa, Iowa for a year while Sylvia completed her elementary education degree at William Penn College, and the other for 3 years while I served at the ‘youth and Christian ed guy’ for Western Yearly Meeting.
I loved teaching and looked forward to my Physics classes every single day. I still love teaching and resigned from a position teaching GED prep math to guys in the jail in Plainfield, Indiana, to take this assignment.
I have two children, Maria and Eric. Maria lives in Lansing MI with her husband Jay and two adopted Guatemalan children, Elena and Mateo. Eric lives in the foothills west of Denver with his wife Laura and their two children, Eliea and Cohen.
Perhaps that is enough for an initial introduction.
For more information about my assignment please check out this link to the FUM website.