Author(s): Mary Klein
Author(s): Mary Klein
Author(s): Muriel Strand

Dear Friends:

Debts can be accounted by money as well as by more qualitative goods. We usually think of debts as arising from mutually agreed transactions, but the moral debts to various indigenous peoples incurred by European adventurers, speculators, and colonizers clearly don’t qualify as agreements. Yet local populations worldwide have always been interested in the qualities of the goods and tools of other populations newly encountered. Reports describe naïve populations... Read more.

Author(s): Caroline Rackley

Dear Friend:

Thank you for your suggestion about the descriptive word for the baby in “Cat Walks Alone.” I’m going to follow your lead and substitute the word “brown” or something implying soft and brown. Glad you liked the play.

In staying with Kipling’s original language, that little “white assumption” slipped my notice. Thanks again.

– Caroline Rackley, playwright, Santa Fe Friends Meeting (IMYM)

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Author(s): Mila O'Neal

Dear Editor:

I just read the wonderful play, “Cat Walks Alone” in the “library” on your website. I loved it. Except for one word, I thought it was perfect. That the color of the baby read as “pink” concerned me. Since we all originally came from Africa, shouldn’t the baby be brown? That way, the play would be more universal, instead of Euro-centered. Thank you for your attention.

– Mia O’Neal, Grass Valley Friends Meeting (PacYM)

Author(s): Robin DuRant, Gail Thomas

Dear Editor:

Regarding “Thoughts from a Gadfly”:  In his article, Anthony Manousos said that he was asked to leave a gathering because “you don’t belong here.”  As co-clerks of the Ministry and Counsel Committee for Southern California Quarterly Meeting (SCQM), we feel the need to clarify that Anthony was asked to leave SCQM Fall Fellowship two and a half years ago because he did not register, and for no other reason.

It has long been the practice of the Quarter to... Read more.

Author(s): Stanford Searl

Dear Editor:

Thank you for Western Friend and the May/June issue that included Joe Morris and his piece, “Longing for Beauty.” For many years, I have worshipped with Joe at our Santa Monica Meeting and his reflections about beauty – and its potential power to heal – moved me, greatly. What wondrous love is this!

Also, I felt real delight as I read Anthony Manousos’s gadfly essay in the May/June Western Friend. Indeed, I loved the cartoon about the need to be... Read more.

Author(s): Judy Ray

Dear Editor:

“A Longing for Beauty” by Joe Morris (May/June 2021) is an inspiring piece, encouraging us to find beauty in life of all kinds around us. I was surprised, though, to see the famous lines by John Keats misquoted. Morris wrote:

Beauty is truth, and truth beauty.
That is all we know, and that is all we need to know.

The lines should be:

Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all
Ye know on earth,... Read more.

Author(s): Steve Finger

Do the Editor:

I loved Paula Stinson’s article “Spiritual Service Through Showing Up” (May/June 2021). In it, she recounts in detail how her meeting started and ran a food bank in San Francisco. It reminded me of two things:

1) The Quaker faith is a practical faith where God is so often in the details, and 

2) How dearly I miss working with our prep crew on Thursday mornings at our food center, a program that had to be... Read more.

Author(s): Judith Favor

Sabbath economics offers an alternative approach to dominant paradigms of economic theory and practice. Theologian-educator Ched Myers coined the term “Sabbath economics” in the 1990s, drawing from the Torah standard of social and economic justice and based on God’s call to “keep the Sabbath” by alternating good work with periods of rest.

I took Ched’s work in a different direction, by integrating contemplation and spiritual practices into daily choices about spending and debt,... Read more.


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