Monthly Archives: October 2017

What Actually Changed?

I’ve been writing a lot about the Quaker queries related to civic responsibility, and this one in particular: How do we share our convictions with others? Do we express our opinions with courage,  yet with love, mindful of the Divine … Continue reading

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Civic Responsibility – Social Justice Videos

Continuing with the queries regarding civic responsibility, the advice mentions the importance of staying informed on social issues.  I’ve been writing about the query “How do we share our convictions with others?”  Key to sharing our convictions is informing others … Continue reading

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Civic Responsibility – Dakota Access Pipeline

Continuing with the queries I’ve been discussing recently about civic responsibility, following are my experiences related to water protectors and the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance in Indianapolis. The introduction to these queries includes:  “Speaking out on a personal level in … Continue reading

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Civic Responsibility 3 – Environment

Continuing to think about the Quaker queries we are considering regarding civic responsibility (Civic Responsibility and Civic Responsibility 2), I earlier wrote about peace vigils and marches.  The primary query I am referring to is: How do we share our … Continue reading

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Civic Responsibility 2 – Public Vigils

One of the reasons I love the Quaker use of queries is how they stimulate me/us to reflect on our lives, beliefs, and encourage us to do more.  Yesterday’s post was about the queries related to civic responsibility.  One of … Continue reading

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Civic Responsibility

The queries we will be considering this month at Bear Creek meeting are about civic responsibility. CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY   ADVICE Because Friends believe there is that of God in all people, we strive for a world of freedom, justice and equality … Continue reading

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Medicine Wheel, Connections and Balance

As I have been learning from  The Sacred Tree: Reflections on Native American Spirituality which these figures are from, the Medicine Wheel symbol is used by many native people in North and South America to represent many different things that are … Continue reading

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Symbols

Continuing to study The Sacred Tree: Reflections on Native American Spirituality, I am reading about the importance of symbols.  The Medicine Wheel is the ancient symbol used by most North and South American Native people.  Many relationships can be expressed in sets … Continue reading

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Sacred Tree: Reflections on Native American Spirituality

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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KHOI Radio Interviews-North Korea Exchange

Following up on recent articles in the Des Moines Register about Iowa and agricultural diplomacy, KHOI (89.1 FM) radio talk producer Susan Franzen created an episode titled “Citizen Diplomacy through agriculture from USSR to PRNC“. From the program’s website: Ambassador Kenneth … Continue reading

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