Category Archives: Quaker Meetings

Concentration camps versus abolition

This is some follow-up related to yesterday’s post, Today Where I try to answer yesterday’s question, “what will you do?” I had forgotten to mention my reaction to writing the Des Moines Mutual Aid Bail Fund phone number on my … Continue reading

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A path away from racism

This past weekend I participated, via Zoom, in a series of sessions where mainly White Quakers heard presentations by an African American Quaker woman, Vanessa Julye. Her presentations, and our small group discussions were on the subject of Quakers and … Continue reading

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Choice and Change

How is it there are things that seem obvious to me, that other people don’t see at all? There have been times when I find some things I once believed ended up not being correct. What is correct or right? … Continue reading

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Quakers and white supremacy

This weekend my yearly meeting, Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) will hold our Midyear meeting. The theme is How Is White Supremacy Keeping Us From Hearing God’s Voice? Which will be lead by Vanessa Julye. This morning I’m reflecting on some … Continue reading

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This is how our civilization is self destructing

It seems futile to continue to read and share articles about how awful conditions are and how things must change immediately. Similar warnings have been made for decades now, and yet we seem like insects trapped in a spider web … Continue reading

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Tears

I was completely surprised when I started and couldn’t stop crying at the end of the movie, The Trial of the Chicago 7. That’s a really rare occurrence. A lot of buried trauma there it seems. The trial was related … Continue reading

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AFSC Quaker Social Change Ministry

This is the fifth in a series of articles I’m writing that has several goals. One is to tell stories of my experiences with spirit led social justice work. Quakers believe we should speak from our own experiences. The ultimate … Continue reading

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White Quakers Part 2

This is the second in a series of articles I plan to write about White Quakers. Yesterday I began by writing about White Quakers and Native Peoples, specifically about land theft and settler colonization. I strongly feel there is an … Continue reading

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Hear My Plea

My friend, Avis Wanda McClinton continues to challenge and educate us about both the history of enslavement and the continued oppression of black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC). She shared some of her experiences in the Friends Journal … Continue reading

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Settler Colonialism as Structure

This morning my Quaker meeting will be discussing resources in preparation for upcoming meetings related to the question, How Is White Supremacy Keeping Us From Hearing God’s Voice? Following is the abstract of one of those resources. AbstractUnderstanding settler colonialism … Continue reading

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