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Truth and Healing Commission for Native Peoples

Dear Friends, at their June 20, 2021 meeting for worship with a concern for business, Intermountain Yearly Meeting (IMYM) approved the minute below. It calls on individual Friends and monthly meetings to urge their Congressional representatives to support a bill that seeks to create a Truth and Healing Commission for the U.S. Indian boarding schools.

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Cat Walks Alone (letter two)

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.

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Cat Walks Alone (letter)

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.

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Beauty and The Gadfly

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!

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Beauty

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.

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Showing Up to Serve

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 

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