Enclosed are my memories of how the Guatemala Scholarship Fund (now “Progresa”) was started in the small Quaker meeting in Guatemala. The 1974 letter of appeal (enclosed) seems almost naively amusing! Please edit these in any way you feel appropriate.
– Pat Habicht, Taos, NM
Friends Committee on National Legislation is asking Quaker meetings right now to offer suggestions about what the FCNL legislative priorities should be for the 117th Congress (2021-2022). I urge Friends in the West to especially focus on legislation affecting our atmosphere, natural environment, and the uses of our public lands.
Dear Friends: One of our newer Reno Friends has brought a simple quarterly publication to my attention, and I think some Western Friend readers might find it of interest, either as readers or contributors. You can find it online under its title, What Canst Thou Say? (whatcanstthousay.org). It focuses on experiences we might consider Divine, in virtually any sense.
Dear Editor: I am a white male who has enjoyed some reasonable advantages, earned by exploiting opportunities that are often denied inappropriately to people of another race or gender, and I have also experienced prejudice myself, based on less obvious classifications. Even so, systemic racism is a real problem, even if not all challenges faced by people of color are based on race.
Dear Editor: I appreciated Matt Boswell of Sierra-Cascade’s article on Martha and Mary. How gracious, profound, inspired, and true that these two women’s approaches to Jesus and life were both important and valid. A both-and, not an either-or. Thanks, Matt, for deconstructing yet another needless dualism.
– Suzanne Simons, Olympia Friends Meeting (NPYM)