Plain Speech

Our Debt to America’s Indigenous

A movement is spreading across the country to embed in many types of American cultural institutions a routine and repeated statement – verbal, written, or both – acknowledging that European culture displaced the landholdings of Indigenous peoples. Several Quaker monthly meetings now open each session with a verbal statement like this, as do some regional and yearly gatherings.

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Plain Speech in Sacramento, California

An interview with Kevan Insko

Kevan Insko has been the Director of Outreach and Development for Friends Committee on Legislation of California (FCLCA) since 2009.  She spoke by phone with Western Friend on October 21, 2013. The text below was excerpted from a transcript of that interview.

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The Wrong Kind of Silence

We simply can’t always speak out. But there are critical times within Friends’ communities when failing to speak truth can cause great damage. Trying not to offend, trying to maintain a surface calm, can cause a disastrous loss of trust and can betray our commitment to answering the Light in everyone. Often it enables cruel behavior to continue.

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Quaker Culture: Plain Speech

At the time when Quakerism began in the seventeenth century, the expression “plain speech” had a particular meaning for Friends. The plural form of the second person in English (you) was used to address someone of distinction or higher social status. The singular form (thee) was used to address one’s peers.

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