[saymaListserv] Tom Fox
moriah at preferred.com
Thu Dec 1 00:30:37 JEST 2005
Forwarded from Chuck Fager, Quaker House.
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From: CHUCKFAGER at aol.com
To: moriah at preferred.com
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 11:06 PM
PS. On another subject, have you read about the American Quaker who was abducted in Iraq? Here's my report. If it's new, can you pass it on to SAYMA Friends? (It's only a matter of life and death!)
Tom Fox is a friend of mine. He is also a Quaker who has borne a long and hazardous personal witness for peace in the midst of an immoral and unchristian war.
Tom and I were members of Langley Hilll Monthly Meeting in Virginia for many years. Our children grew up together there, and they are still in touch, though scattered across the country. Tom himself was very kind to me in a time of my personal need.
I spoke with Tom at Baltimore YM last summer, between his missions in Iraq. He seemed very aware of the dangers of his peace work, but quite calm and almost serene about facing them.
I pray that Tom Fox and his companions will be released safely and soon. To his captors I say, harming any of them will only bring dishonor on your cause, whatever that may be. And to the US government which launched this immoral and unchristian war in Iraq, I say, ending it and bringing our soldiers home is the best way to ensure the safety not only of Tom and his co-workers, but of the Iraqi people as well.
Others may also have information and memories about Tom. I last heard from Tom in an email in September, as he was preparing to return to Iraq. It was short, and I will include here only the quotation with which he ended it. It is from Hildegard of Bingen, but it could just as well be from Tom himself, and expresses his sweet spirit:
“Holy Spirit, giving life to all beings, moving all creatures, root of all things, washing them clean, wiping out their mistakes, healing their wounds, you are our true life, luminous, wonderful, awakening the heart from its ancient sleep.”
More information about Tom and his companions is at: http://cpt.org/
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