From Mexico

I am writing from Casa de los Amigos a quaker guest house in Mexico City, where I arrived on Thursday. I will leave on Monday to go to Venezuela.

Thursday evening I played a harp concert for an audience of about 20 folks. Friday evening I was the "resource" for an English conversation group of about 15 people, this also turned out to be a mini-concert and talk about harps.

Casa de los Amigos was established back in the 50's, but the Mexico City Friends Meeting was formed even earlier in 1938. This is the only established unprogrammed meeting in Mexico, perhaps in all of Latin America. The primary mission is hospitality as a guest house. They have social action missions to support human rights for migrants in Mexico, and to promote "economic solidarity" with small producers.

They invite applications from volunteers to make a commitment of 6-12 months on these missions. The staff and volunteers are not all quakers, mostly young. There is also an invitation for "resident quakers" to come for extended periods.

They have a lot of visitors, foreign and domestic (Mexican). They have developed a very nice set of bilingual pamphlets for first-time attenders.

I am looking forward to the meeting for worship tomorrow.

In the next month, I plan to post occasional trip reports here, maybe photos, recordings, even videos (but I can't promise!).