Category Archives: peace

What are you bypassing spiritually?

“…we say many things about the changing aspects of our lives. We say that since change is inevitable, we should direct the change rather than simply continue to go through the change.” –Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, Delta Man This … Continue reading

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No Warming, No War

A final thought about the military these days is the U.S. army is the largest producer of greenhouse gases. And our military actions for years have been to protect oil fields. An objective for those who work for peace is … Continue reading

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Memorial Day and Peace

As a Quaker and someone who believes War is Not the Answer, I have conflicting feelings about Memorial Day. I respect those who felt they should serve in the military, knowing they might have to put their lives at risk, … Continue reading

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Quakers and social change today

Note: I need to make a few things clear about the following. When I say “we” I’m talking about the demographics of most Quaker meetings today, i.e. primarily White, and tending to be older in age. Secondly, this is not … Continue reading

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Questions looking for answers

You are probably as puzzled as I am regarding the pandemic and how we might respond. I’ve been praying about this, and thinking about what our ancestors did during catastrophes in the past. The three quotes below speak about the … Continue reading

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Another time of cultural chaos

As I often say, I usually don’t know what I will be writing when I sit in front of this laptop first thing in the morning. It is a spiritual practice to try to discern what the Spirit is telling … Continue reading

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Imagining what Martin Luther King, Jr, might do today

As we pause to honor the life and work of Martin Luther King I am reflecting on what he might think and do if he were alive today. As I am doing that now, I hear John Lennon’s song “Imagine” … Continue reading

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Iraq War Protests

It is encouraging to see antiwar protests now related to the possibility of new war in the Middle East. I have an indelible memory of a group of young people, standing in silence, each holding a sign with the name, … Continue reading

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Oil = War, Sun = Peace

My activism began in 1969 as an 18 year old Quaker struggling with my decision to register with the Selective Service System (draft). The 1960′ s were a traumatic time with the horrors of the Vietnam War and the often … Continue reading

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Hopeful de-escalation

De-escalation is the key element of peacemaking and nonviolence. Escalation of tensions is the path to war, as we all saw too clearly yesterday. Tensions between the United States and Iran escalated in response to the killing of Maj. Gen. … Continue reading

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