Author Archives: Jeff Kisling

Recent articles on LANDBack Friends

I’ve been writing new blog posts on LANDBACK Friends ( because those are the issues I’m learning and writing about now. Here is a list of July’s posts there: July 1 Replanning Human Life – LANDBACK Friends Replanning Human Life … Continue reading

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Black Children’s Memorial burned

These are photos I took earlier in the year when I noticed this memorial in the neighborhood of the church where we, Des Moines Mutual Aid, fill about sixty boxes of food to distribute to those in need. Then I … Continue reading

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More posts on

Most of my new posts will be published on Here are the most recent: Quaker meeting 6/27/2021 Proximity and perspective In their silence; they woke the world Incomprehensible Monuments to White Supremacy July 4, 2020

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Our communities are still mourning

Trauma is passed from generation to generation. The recent documentation of the remains of 215 Native children at a boarding school in Canada has re-opened deep wounds in Native communities. Some of my Native friends have shared how this affects … Continue reading

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Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative

Yesterday I wrote how the verification of the remains of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School affected my Native friends and me. That discovery prompted Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to announce a Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, … Continue reading

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Space between stories, worlds

Yesterday’s post on is: Space between stories, worlds – LANDBACK Friends I’m planning to be writing on for the near future. I’m posting the links to the most recent posts here in case those of you who have … Continue reading

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To End Racial Capitalism, We Will Need to Take on Policing


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Moral Injury

The concept of moral injury is helpful for me in the context of the tragedies of the Indian boarding schools and my relationship with my Quaker community. Here is the link to today’s post about this on LANDBACK Friends Moral … Continue reading

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Multiple Spiritual Communities

I recently wrote Spiritual discernment to leave Quakers. After that, though, I admit I thought, ‘what have I done? What now?’ I am a bit off balance. Writing helps me find my way through things I don’t have a good … Continue reading

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New website: LANDBACK Friends

As my focus changes to the concepts of Mutual Aid and LANDBACK, I just launched a new website related to these concepts. LANDBACK Friends There you can read “An Epistle to Friends Regarding Community, Mutual Aid and LANDBACK” And can … Continue reading

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