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Let our lives speak for our convictions

The annual sessions of Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) begin today. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our meetings this year will occur remotely using Zoom, a video and audio online meeting application. The following is from the Yearly Meeting’s website https://www.iymc.org/Continue reading

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Working for the Iran Deal 2015

Increasing tensions with Iran now remind me of the work we did in 2015 to help get the Iran Nuclear Deal approved. Tensions today are the direct result of the withdrawal of the United States from that deal. The work … Continue reading

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My Mentor Was a Quaker Jailbird

As I’ve been studying the consequences of the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. military forces from northern Syria, I came across this fascinating article by Brian Terrell telling of a connection between Iowa Quakers and peace activists and events concerning Turkey … Continue reading

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Diplomacy Could Have Prevented the Bloodshed in Northeastern Syria

Diplomacy Could Have Prevented the Bloodshed in Northeastern Syria is the title of a statement by Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). As a Quaker organization committed to ending all wars, the Friends Committee … Continue reading

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Spirit Led Peace and Social Concerns

Again this summer Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) met at Scattergood Friends School and Farm for our annual sessions. I am clerk of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee which is a challenge. This summer our meetings went more smoothly, in … Continue reading

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Working for the Iran Deal 2015

Increasing tensions with Iran now remind me of the work we did in 2015 to get the Iran Nuclear Deal approved. Tensions today are the direct result of the withdrawal of the United States from that deal. The work began … Continue reading

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House Repeal of AUMF and Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Advocacy

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee voted for an amendment from Representative Barbara Lee (CA) to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). If repeal of the 2001 AUMF is passed, Congress would need to pass a new … Continue reading

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The Sacred Tree

How I look at social justice and spirituality has been profoundly affected by my recent experiences with Native Americans. These things are difficult to put into words, but similar to Quaker meetings for worship, there was a palpable sense of … Continue reading

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Family Separation at the Southern Border

Minute: Family Separation at the Southern Border At the root of our faith is the sacredness of relationships among ourselves and between us and God. We have been heartbroken to see those sacred connections broken as children are separated from … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Quaker Annual Meeting

I just returned home from a week spent at Scattergood Friends School, where the annual meeting of Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) was held. My blog posts are definitely not official or approved by the yearly meeting. This post is a … Continue reading

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