Author Archives: Jeff Kisling

An Epistle to Friends Regarding Community, Mutual Aid and LANDBACK

Yesterday I wrote at length why I’ve been led to leave Quakers for the time being. This morning I’m feeling a bit like “what have I done?” And what does that mean? Buried so deep in that lengthy article that … Continue reading

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Spiritual discernment to leave Quakers

ABSTRACT For months I’ve been in significant spiritual distress. I’ve been learning a great deal from my Native friends, and working with them on Mutual Aid projects. And they tell me the way white people can best support them is … Continue reading

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Quaker Social Concerns as Mutual Aid and LANDBACK

We are moving further into chaotic times. I started to list all the ways, but there are so many, and you know what they are. People seem paralyzed by the destruction of our environment, and collapse of political and economic … Continue reading

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Keystone XL is dead

In some ways it feels like more than eight years have passed since I signed the Keystone Pledge of Resistance and was trained as an Action Leader. I learned a great deal, and connected with a large number of people … Continue reading

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LANDBACK and Quakers, a Case Study

Yesterday’s post was the most recent of a series of blog posts I’ve been writing about the concept of LANDBACK. Here is a link to other LANDBACK posts: landback | Search Results | Quakers, social justice and revolution (jeffkisling.com) You … Continue reading

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Time for a Reset

The Spirit tells me it is time for a reset. My whole life I have tried to protect Mother Earth. Live without a car, live in small apartments, protect the water. Protect us from pipelines and other fossil fuel projects. … Continue reading

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Much worse than I realized

I’ve been writing about the Native residential schools for years. The latest, horrible news is the discovery of the remains of 215 Native children at the Kamloops Residential School. As another example of how much I admire and appreciate my … Continue reading

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Atrocity

Atrocity  a shockingly bad or atrocious act, object, or situation Atrocity | Definition of Atrocity by Merriam-Webster A few days ago I wrote “I’ve been sitting here for a long time, hoping the Spirit would show me what to write, … Continue reading

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Where are the Children Buried?

Those who are affected by tragedies like this should be the ones to tell the story. Following is a press release from the Kamloops Indian Band related to the unmarked burial sites of Kamloops Indian Residential School students. And the … Continue reading

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Quaker Indigenous Residential/Boarding Schools

I’ve been sitting here for a long time, hoping the Spirit would show me what to write, what to say about the unmarked, undocumented burial site, with the remains of 215 Indigenous children, that was recently discovered at a former … Continue reading

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