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War and Peace

Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2018 Military holidays bring attention to perennial questions about peace, how to deal with conflict, and attempted justifications for war. It is an awesome commitment for someone to give years of their life to the service … Continue reading

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National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service

According to Quaker House of Fayetteville, North Carolina, one of the few listening sessions of the new congressional National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service will be held: Vinton, Iowa at  Wesley Methodist Church 516 2nd Avenue June 26, … Continue reading

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Scattergood Journal 1969

Reading Chris Matthew’s new book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, I am remembering that tumultuous time in my life, and in our country. I had begun to write in a journal at the beginning of my Senior year, 1969, at … Continue reading

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An Epistle to Friends Concerning Military Conscription

Although yesterday’s post was intended to be about privilege, the context was war and conscription, specifically the Vietnam War. I was reminded of a letter to Friends on the same subject, that was published earlier than the Richmond Declaration of … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

Although a life long pacifist, I respect the service of those who believe a military response is sometimes called for.  It is a great sacrifice to give years of your life to military service, time away from family and friends.  … Continue reading

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Scattergood and the Vietnam War

by Jeff Kisling Don Laughlin and Roy Knight signed the Epistle to Friends Concerning Military Conscription. IMPORTANT NOTE:  Below I include some quotations from the Journal I kept at the time.  It was not correct when I wrote “I knew neither of … Continue reading

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