Yesterday I wrote Faith Now and suggested Mutual Aid as a framework for faith now. So, I’ll describe more of my experiences with Mutual Aid. I’ve spent the last couple of years involved in Des Moines Mutual Aid (DMMA). Much of what I’ve learned can be found here: https://quakersandreligioussocialism.com/mutual-aid/ The are several reasons for my…Keep reading
Faith Now can refer to what the state of our faith is at this moment. And/or it can be an admonition to focus our faith on what is happening now. My witness has been so many people, including people of faith, are driven by the past. This is obviously true with religious practices demanding adherence…Keep reading
Truthsgiving is about the holiday known by many non native people as Thanksgiving. A day when families gather together. Family gatherings are wonderful. Unfortunately, the myth of a peaceful gathering of settler colonists and Indigenous peoples comes up. I didn’t think I would write about this today. Didn’t want to bring negativity to joyful gatherings.…Keep reading
As I was doing more research about truthsgiving, I came upon this beautiful statement by my good friend Ronnie James. As it says on the TRUTHSGIVING The Truth Will Not Be Whitewashed website, Ronnie is an Indigenous organizer and activist in the Mutual Aid tradition in central Iowa. To walk a path of Doing The…Keep reading
For many years I’ve been praying, thinking, writing, and discussing how we can prepare for an increasingly dystopian future. In an article in Friends Journal, Donald McCormick asks “why is there no vision for the future of Quakerism?” I wrote about my vision in the article What is your vision for the future? The increasing threats from…Keep reading
When I say I pray each morning, seeking what to write, I do spend time in quietness. But I also research what my sources are saying. I came across this photo I took in 2013 that I found on the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement’s (ICCI) website. The photo was taken at ICCI’s offices during…Keep reading
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