Category Archives: Quaker

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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Introduction to abolition and Quakers today

I used to think of abolition in terms of slavery, or the death penalty, or nuclear weapons. Today discussions about abolition are more commonly about abolishing police and prisons. I’m just beginning to learn how that might come about. This … Continue reading

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Moral injury, soul repair and Quaker Indian residential schools

I’ve just learned of the concepts of moral injury and soul repair. The vast majority of the literature is related to soldiers and war. Unsurprising as there is a profound disconnect between religion’s commandment not to kill, and soldiers experiencing … Continue reading

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Naming Historical Moral Injuries Committed in Quaker Colonizing

In response to today’s blog post, Moral Injury, Tom Kunesh sent the following response that I found very helpful. I am just getting to know Tom through our work on the Decolonizing Quakers steering committee. Decolonizing Quakers Jeff –  thanks … Continue reading

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Moral Injury

I recently came across a discussion of moral injury, and immediately recognized how that applied to a number of situations in my life, past and present. Much of what is written about moral injury relates to war. Unsurprisingly as combatants … Continue reading

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How Defeating Keystone XL Built a Bolder, Savvier Climate Movement

Yesterday’s article, How Defeating Keystone XL Built a Bolder, Savvier Climate Movement by Nick Engelfried in Waging Nonviolence is a well written history of the struggles over the past decade to defeat the Keystone XL pipeline. A lot is being … Continue reading

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We Must “Think Again”

When people reflect on what it takes to be mentally fit , the first idea that comes to mind is usually intelligence . The smarter you are , the more complex the problems you can solve — and the faster … Continue reading

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Isn’t ‘change the system’ the answer to systemic racism?

I really hesitate to write about racism because I know the strong emotions this bring up. And the errors a white person like me often commits in trying to do so. I’m thinking about this now because my Quaker meeting … Continue reading

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Epistles

Epistle: a poem or other literary work in the form of a letter or series of letters My intention in starting this blog five years ago was to learn to write about matters of the Spirit. I feel we are … Continue reading

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