Category Archives: Quaker Social Change Ministry

Accompaniment

Recently I’ve been struggling with ideas of how to bridge the deepening political divide in the United States. The recent rally when the president was in North Carolina was very disturbing, where an all white audience chanted “send her back”. … Continue reading

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Photography as spiritual practice

As I wrote a month ago, the theme of the upcoming annual meeting of Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) is “Being Centered in an Uncentered World.” The first evening session will be “Finding Truth and Beauty” where I will share my … Continue reading

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Who am I?

My Quaker meeting, Bear Creek, is part of Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends (Conservative). As the name implies, people who belong to this group of Quaker meetings come together annually for business, worship, learning and spending time with each other. … Continue reading

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Intersectionality

This is the fourth week of the Poor Peoples Campaign, which addresses how injustices are interconnected. The next event in Iowa, “Right to Health and a Healthy Planet” will be tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at the Iowa State Capitol building. … Continue reading

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Building Communities 2

I don’t know to interpret the lack of response to yesterday’s post about creating and building self sufficient communities for the massive influx of climate refugees to the Midwest. Whether people don’t think there will be such a migration, or … Continue reading

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King, Ali, the Kheprw Institute Taught Me

Yesterday I discussed some reflections as Martin Luther King Day approaches.  I can’t help but be saddened as I remember the moral integrity and leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr, Muhammad Ali, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and all … Continue reading

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Journal–3/26/1971

Letter from Art and Carolyn Emery  3/26/1971 Dear Jeff We appreciated your letter of the 14 much. I personally feel that black people might appreciate a white person who is “quiet” as they desire to “call the shots” these days. … Continue reading

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Journal–Friends Volunteer Service Mission

Journal 2/19/1971 I’m going to Indianapolis tomorrow to find out more about the Friends United Meeting’s Volunteer Service Mission project. (Note:  The year before, my Senior year at Scattergood Friends School, Al Inglis visited to talk about a new Friends … Continue reading

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What Actually Changed?

I’ve been writing a lot about the Quaker queries related to civic responsibility, and this one in particular: How do we share our convictions with others? Do we express our opinions with courage,  yet with love, mindful of the Divine … Continue reading

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Civic Responsibility

The queries we will be considering this month at Bear Creek meeting are about civic responsibility. CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY   ADVICE Because Friends believe there is that of God in all people, we strive for a world of freedom, justice and equality … Continue reading

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