Author(s): Doug Milholland

On Father’s Day, June 17, 2018, thirty people gathered at noon for a vigil near the Naval Magazine Indian Island weapons transfer depot on Port Townsend Bay in Washington State. The depot is the largest weapons transfer facility on the West Coast.

Those of us who live near the depot see warships and enormous ammo-hauling ships coming and going on a daily basis, carrying the heaviest of war materials for all branches of the military: missiles, bombs, landmines, cluster munitions,... Read more.

Author(s): Val Liveoak

Val Liveoak recently shared with Western Friend the text of her keynote presentation to 2018 PeaceQuest, which is online at: The following is a compilation of some excerpts from that text.

At the the Friends General Conference Gathering of 1993, David Hartsough (then with American Friends Service Committee) convened a group to consider Quaker... Read more.

Author(s): John Lindsay-Poland
Bullet Points: The Gun Problem We Share with Mexico

On the “open wound” of border between Nogales, Arizona, U.S.A., and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico (actually one city, divided), a steel-tube fence stretches thirty feet high and miles to the east and west – beyond our seeing. Dozens of people entered a restricted zone beside that wall and enacted a die-in last November, to remember 123 migrants who died in the nearby desert during the previous twelve... Read more.

Author(s): Timothy Jarvis

It is currently popular to call for “gun control” in the United States, especially in the wake of senseless mass shootings that have rocked the nation. However, most proposed “gun control” legislation has at its center the punishment of blameless people for the violent acts of a few. That is, these measures restrict or prohibit gun availability to citizens who have broken no laws, have harmed no one, and have merely exercised their rights under the Constitution to buy and own weapons.... Read more.

Author(s): Emily Garrison, Rocky Garrison
Empire of Guns:
The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution 
Written by Satia Priya
Reviewed by Emily Garrison and Rocky Garrison

How free is your life from war, violence, and oppression? How free is your financial life from these forces? Satia Priya poses these questions as she traces the conflict between the Birmingham Monthly Meeting (BMM) in central England in the 1790s... Read more.

Author(s): Mary Klein
Author(s): Nancy Wood
Author(s): Mary Klein
Author(s): Mary Klein

Dear Friends: Our bodies cannot live outside of history, nor can we live outside of history’s cruelty, its “mixing memory and desire.” Rowing our boats with our backs towards the future, we despair at the carnage we watch flowing out from our wakes – oceans choked by our poisons, lives crushed by our bigotry, truth and kindness twisted by our greed. Some bits of beauty bob along, too. But it’s easy to view the whole scene as basically grim.

Hanlon’s razor, a variation of Occam’s... Read more.

Author(s): Ruth Cutcher

The room was dimly lit. I was one of fifty dancers standing in a circle, shoulder to shoulder, holding hands. Our leader, Johnathan, stood in the middle of the circle with his guitar. He said he was going to lead us in a practice to experience the aspect of God that existed before time began.

One skeptical dancer asked, “How can anyone know what it was like before time began?” Johnathan answered, “It is my aim to give you a real experience of this concept. If you still have your... Read more.


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