Category Archives: peace

Memorial Day–Honoring the dissenters

For those of us who believe in peace and oppose war, Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the militarism of this country. I find it especially troubling how the country has shifted away from formal declarations of war, … Continue reading

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Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families

The Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act (H.R. 2590) was recently introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-04). This legislation would prohibit the use of U.S. funds to support the military detention … Continue reading

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Spiritual Warriors

There are so many powerful, destructive forces at work today. We don’t know the exact timing and sequence of events. But we know they are coming, some already here. Life as we know it is being thrown into chaos. Existential … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”

In part because many of the staff of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) began working from home during the COVID pandemic, Witness Wednesday began to meet using Zoom. This is an opportunity for FCNL and supporters to worship together. … Continue reading

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Personal experiences regarding racism and privilege

Yesterday’s post was related to a weekend gathering of Friends (Quakers) to consider the question “how is white supremacy keeping us from hearing God’s voice?” It was pointed out that what I wrote about that came through as judgmental, and … Continue reading

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A Review of the White Quaker Series

I’m afraid I am not being clear about what I’m trying to do with this series of articles about White Quakers. I say White Quakers because Black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC), including BIPOC Quakers, are the victims … Continue reading

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Leaving Iran Nuclear Deal and War

It was just a matter of time before we heard the current administration would be considering military attacks against Iran. Knowledgeable people warned this would happen if the US left the Iran Nuclear Deal, and here we are. In 2019 … Continue reading

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A society that can live with its conscience

Yesterday was a day I’ll never forget. It seemed so many others are feeling the same. Despite so many obstacles, the patience and persistence of the American people, of us, was a wonder. Those who stood in line for hours … Continue reading

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Young Quaker Men Facing War and Conscription

Don Laughlin was a mentor to me. He and his wife Lois lived just a few miles from Scattergood Friends School and Farm, a Quaker co-ed, boarding High School just East of West Branch, Iowa. Following is part of his … Continue reading

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Peace in a culture of violence?

For years Quakers have had Peace and Social Concerns Committees. I’ve been praying and thinking about what that work should entail these days. This country’s culture of violence has taken dramatically new forms that we haven’t adapted our work to … Continue reading

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