Category Archives: Quaker

Forgiveness

This morning’s prayers led me to reflections about forgiveness. This might be because we will be talking about Indigenous boarding schools at my Quaker meeting this morning. There were many terrible things about kidnapping native children and taking them far … Continue reading

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Bail Bonds

I’ve recently written about the Des Moines Mutual Aid Bail Fund. Concentration camps versus abolition A Quaker friend reminded me that some early Friends (Quakerism began in the mid 1600’s) refused to be released from prison by posting bail. For … Continue reading

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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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Today

Such a variety of things happened today, I can’t come up with a good title. So today. It was kind of a stream of conscious day. I have a routine that involves writing first thing in the morning. If it … Continue reading

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Making New Worlds

This week the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has been offering a series of online events related to “Making New Worlds – Pursuing Peace with Justice.” What does it mean to dismantle systems to create justice? What is the Quaker … Continue reading

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

On the anniversary of the date of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr, April 4, 1968, I wrote the blog post. What happened in Indianapolis the day Martin Luther King was assassinated Exactly one year before his death, on … Continue reading

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#NoDAPL IOWA 7 years

I am grateful for the video at the end of this that my friend Christine Nobiss and the Great Plains Action Society created about the work of so many to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). A decision is expected … Continue reading

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Decolonizing, Soul Repair and Mutual Aid

One of the concepts Vanesse Julye spoke about during Quaker meetings last weekend was that in order for healing among groups to occur, there needs to be acknowledgement of the common history among those involved in the trauma. Between those … 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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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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