The eyes of the future are looking back at us

There is a native concept of considering what the effects of decisions made today will be on seven generations into the future. The following quotation makes a two way connection between us and future generations. Looking at each other over the generations. The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they areContinue reading “The eyes of the future are looking back at us”

Practicing Hope

Most white people in what is called North America were ignorant of the history of forced assimilation. But many are learning about it now, shocked to hear about the Native residential schools from news reports about the remains of hundreds of children on the grounds of those institutions. Are learning about the cultural genocide, theContinue reading “Practicing Hope”

Corrosive of the human spirit

I am broken, trying to make sense of Quakers’ involvement with the institutions of forced assimilation, the Native residential schools. In the news now because of the verification of the remains of hundreds, soon to be thousands, of children on the grounds of those institutions in both the US and Canada. Verified because Native peoplesContinue reading “Corrosive of the human spirit”

Becoming the ancestor you want to be

I recently wrote about what kind of ancestor do you want to be? Despite the anxiety of exposing yourself to the world, one good thing about writing on a blog is sometimes someone leaves a useful comment. In response to that blog post, someone mentioned the book What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be?Continue reading “Becoming the ancestor you want to be”

Minute from Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) 2016

Truth and Reconciliation 16-08-30 At Yearly Meeting 2015 Friends approved Minute 2015.08.33 calling on individualFriends to read the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Calls to Action. The Minute asks Friends to listen expectantly to the Spirit for guidance on what steps they may be personally led to take. It alsoContinue reading “Minute from Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) 2016”

Great Plains Action Society-Residential Schools

Hi Friend,  Thank you for being a supporter of Great Plains Actions Society and all our work on behalf of the Indigenous and Native communities. We recently supported our community through an awful tragedy that I will talk more about below. We need your help to keep fighting for our equality and basic human rights. Please consider donating $25, $50,Continue reading “Great Plains Action Society-Residential Schools”

What kind of ancestor do you want to be?

In these increasingly troubled times I find myself thinking about the concept of sensemaking, the action or process of making sense of or giving meaning to something, especially new developments and experiences.  It is increasingly difficult to make sense of all that is going on today. All the bad things I had anticipated for the future areContinue reading “What kind of ancestor do you want to be?”

We’re Losing the Battle for the Future continued

Yesterday I wrote about umair haque’s article We’re Losing the Battle for the Future because I believe he accurately lays out where we are at this moment. And, more importantly, has some suggestions about what we can do. As does the excerpt below from the report of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of IowaContinue reading “We’re Losing the Battle for the Future continued”