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24 August 2007

Some thoughts from the triennial - preview
I came to FWCC as a Friend and will go home as the Friend from Japan
  • The last time I attended FWCC was twenty-two years ago in Mexico
  • That was only a few years after graduating from Guilford College so that most Friends at the FWCC knew me from college or the Meetings I attended while living in US
  • I also participated in the Young Friends' Gathering held before the FWCC where I became acquainted with Young Friends from other countries

  • What I didn't realize this time was that most Friends who knew me twenty years ago were not here
  • Since we don't know each other, we naturally ask each other which yearly meetings we came from
  • I did have a little funny feeling when I was asked and got the reaction that I came so far away from home and I was told I spoke good English
  • Twenty years ago I never felt treated a foreigner
  • The main reason I look forward to participating the international Friends events is that I would feel at home among Friends from all over the world
  • I would not have the same expectation if I were to attend other international conferences
  • Then again I had been away for twenty years and some of my friends from Young Friends Gathering are not here

  • Naomi Kamimura & Beatrice Chahilu

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