I have had the privilege to spend my life attending to leadings of Spirit. My young adult years were largely spent living very simply, moving from an internship to an activist position to part-time jobs in the non-profit and education sectors, which allowed me to follow my own artistic leadings while paying attention to what might be next. I had the benefit of spiritual mentors who sometimes also happened to be my bosses and jobs in which I had little supervision and much freedom to live... Read more.
An Interview with Robert Levering
Robert Levering was coauthor of Fortune magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” for twenty years, and he co-founded the company Great Place to Work. He is a long-time member of the Religious Society of Friends and currently attends Santa Cruz Friends Meeting (PYM). Robert spoke by phone with Western Friend on June 20, 2018. The following text contains edited excerpts from a transcript of that interview. To read the full... Read more.
Dear Editor: I was startled by several errors in the May/June 2018 issue of Western Friend.
First, the short description of my own article, which you published online and described on page 5 of the print magazine, mentions the name “Ted Bundy.” In my article about the Sagebrush Rebellion, none of the Bundy family members have the name Ted. The two brothers are Ammon and Ryan. Their father is Cliven. Ted Bundy was a serial killer back in the 1970s; he was long ago executed by... Read more.
Dear Friends: At the rise of meeting in Olympia this past Sunday [May 6], I heard from David Albert that our recently published NPYM Faith & Practice is being used by a newly formed worship group in eastern Uganda. By report, the Ugandans find it a valuable guide in their formation as Friends. I’m astonished and delighted.
– Eugene Norcross-Renner, Lower Columbia WG (NPYM)
Dear Editor: The May/June issue, “On Expansion,” is wonderful. I read every article this morning and can’t wait to share the articles “Race and Quakerism” and “Journey to the Heart of Worship” with my meeting – as well as the pullout section for young people. Kat Northrup’s article was helpful to me in the way that she listed and explained so well the stumbling blocks we confront when reaching across racial differences. John Kretzman’s article will be helpful to all members and attenders of... Read more.
Dear Editor: I just re-read “Beyond Enemy Thinking” by Meagan Fischer in the May/June 2018 edition. As I did so, I realized that her message about relations between LGBTI people in Latin America and non-local advocate organizations has much wider implications. My mind continually turned to how we view “others” in our country today. How frustrated I can be with my fellow Americans whose beliefs and goals are so different from my Quaker understanding of how we are meant to live with others in... Read more.
Dear Editor: Seeking is woven tightly, Lightly, into our original vocation as Friends. One does not seek what one already knows, but rather, the unknown. Someplace new. The Light within us is brightened by that in others and way becomes clearer. I believe the journey is as sacred as the destination and asking directions is akin to seeking cairns. Together. Ram Dass says, “All we’re doing is walking each other home.” I would add . . . “to a place we’ve never been before.”
– Friend... Read more.