Letters

A Friendly Gift for an Unhoused Person (abridged)

Dear Friends:

My niece, who has been homeless, recommended preparing an old yet serviceable purse with sample sizes of nine useful items. This could be a gift to someone living on the street. The purse should have a shoulder strap so that it can be carried in addition to a backpack and still leave a person’s arms and hands free.

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Matters of Race and Witness (2)

Dear Friends:

My reaction to Zae Asa Illo’s article and the Friends-of-Color Epistle was one of sadness and frustration. How can we have a Friends-of-Color Epistle with a message that could have been written years ago? How can we have an article by an African-American Quaker, which is both personal and authentic yet not surprising?

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Gandhi’s 150th Birthday Celebration

Dear Editor:

I serve on the planning committee for an upcoming celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday, which will be held October 11-13, 2019, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Non-Violence at Stanford University. All Friends are encouraged to attend. For more information, look online at: kinginstitute.stanford.edu/institute/GKGI

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Response to a Telling of History

Dear Editor:

I read the latest issue of Western Friend with great interest and edification. I am a Professor Emeritus of Chinese Language, Literature, and History from the City University of New York and could not help noting a number of inaccuracies in Mr. Strickland’s account of East Asian history.

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Response to the Response

Dear Editor:

Ha! I expected a Japan expert to check in first. He’s got some of the facts correct, although he would find strong disagreement from Korean historians over ownership of the territory north of the Yalu River during much of history, including most of Manchuria and parts of eastern Siberia.

– Dan Strickland, Orange Grove Meeting, Pasadena, CA (PYM)

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Good Content

Dear Editor:

We really appreciate several things that you do at Western Friend: Nancy uses every one of the “Pages for the Ages” for lesson plans in our Sunday School, and Vance appreciates the listing of resources on films and peacemaking, with references to various websites. We like the thematic organization that gives each issue focus. Keep up the good work.

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David Johnson at PYM

Dear Friends Everywhere:

Pacific Yearly Meeting 2019 Annual Session attendees have the opportunity to hear David Johnson, our keynoter, speak on Saturday, July 13, at 11:15 AM.  David Johnson is a seasoned Friend, an activist, and a pragmatic man who is being worked by the Divine. He lives in North Queensland, Australia, with his wife Trish, who will also be at Annual Session.

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Games for You, Perhaps

Dear Friends: A few years ago, a friend of mine came to his first-ever Quaker Meeting. Salim is an Indian actor, a Sufi, a Reiki master. I was nervous in case the ministry didn’t speak to him. But he came out of that meeting having loved the silence and feeling that the ministry had flowed organically from it. “But,” he said, “you’re all so incredibly serious.

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