Category Archives: Quaker Social Change Ministry

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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Out of the Meetinghouse

Yesterday I wrote about Peace in a Culture of Violence, which began ‘this country’s culture of violence has taken dramatically new forms that we haven’t adapted our work to address. ‘ And ended with ‘in light of all this, what … Continue reading

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Be Vulnerable

[Note: with multiple disasters occurring now, and since environmental devastation has been a focus of my life, its hard not to write about these unfolding disasters. But what is important to me, what I am led to think about now, … Continue reading

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‘A perpetual narrative’

I have tried, so many times, and in so many ways, to understand why people vote the way they do. As most people eventually do, I came to the conclusion that choices are not based on logic. For example, I … Continue reading

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A Quaker and Native Peoples: Part 2

[Note: I don’t think I’ve sufficiently explained the reasons I’m led to share these stories with you. As Richard Wagamese wrote, “we change the world one story at a time.” I don’t know what change might come from these stories. … Continue reading

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Institution-Building Critical To True Change

I am very glad to see the two articles discussed below. I’ve known the authors, Diop Adisa and his father, Imhotep, for seven or eight years. As Diop writes below, he, his father, mother, Miss Fair and Alvin Sangsuwangul have … Continue reading

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What does solidarity look like?

Yesterday I was blessed to attend a ZOOM meeting which was the first of what will be a series of such meetings, to be held every second Thursday. These meetings, led by Native people, are titled SHIFT the Narrative, which … Continue reading

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Solidarity

Yesterday I provided some background to explain how Bear Creek Friends (Quaker) meeting decided to write a letter to British Columbia Premier, John Horgan regarding the Wet’suwet’en peoples. Bear Creek Friends (Quaker) meetinghouse is in the Iowa countryside. Many members … Continue reading

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Effective Model for Social Change

Last night I was honored to be able to share some of my experiences in building relationships with Native peoples with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). You can see my slide presentation here: https://jeffkisling.com/2019/11/02/native-and-non-native-peoples/ In the … Continue reading

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Still Shinin: The Documentary

I’ve written a great deal about the Kheprw Institute (KI), who has partnered with North Meadow Circle of Friends on the AFSC program, Quaker Social Change Ministry.  In this article that was published in NUVO magazine, Diop Adisa talks about … Continue reading

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