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Letters to AO

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Letters from 14 to 21 January 2008

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Attitudes and identifiers

The description 'underdeveloped country' used in a recent front-page letter caught my eye and reminded me of an alternative way coined by an Episcopal Priest in the late 1960's of speaking about such places.

The Reverend Daisuke Kitagawa who came from Japan to study in the USA was detained in this country and sent into the Japanese American internment "camps" during World Ward II. After the end of the war he was in the Episcopal Church's National Office of College Work. He went to work in Geneva for the World Council of Churches and made numerous trips into Africa. Instead of using the common but demeaning description, "underdeveloped countries", he wrote and spoke about such places as "areas of rapid social change".

Father Dai Kitagawa died on Good Friday, 1970, but he taught me how important words of identification can affect our attitudes about others in this world of persons.

The Reverend Canon Timothy Makoto Nakayama
St. Mark's Cathedral, Diocese of Olympia
Seattle, Washington, USA
14 January 2008

Can you help?

Anyone know how to locate the poet, John Leax? During the last year his poem, 'The Work of Wood', was published in a religious magazine, Christianity Today, I think. He has published other religious work.

I have tried in vain to contact him. I hope you or some of your readers may know.

AO is an important part of my week. Thanks to all and keep up the good work.

Henry Holman
Christ Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
16 January 2008

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