Author(s): Julie Peyton

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Jesus taught in parables, word puzzles. After a while, even his disciples asked him why. It’s a good question. Why didn’t Jesus just speak plainly? If he had some Truth that he wanted to impart, why would he hide it? Why would he want to hide it? His explanation to his disciples is disturbing:

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Author(s): Sue Lauther

Two years ago, I was sitting in a circle of dancers practicing Contact Improvisation. The session started with all of us breathing together, waiting together, and listening for one of us to talk about something that connected the speaker to dance in a deep way. I was suddenly reminded of Quaker meeting for worship.

In Contact Improvisation, we “listen” with our skins to our dance partners’ wishes for variances in pressure, speed, consistency, support, and whimsy. We endeavor to stay... Read more.

Author(s): Sister Confianza del Señor

Plaintown Friends is a small monthly meeting that has spent several recent business meetings laboring over a concern about late arrivals to worship. The meeting struggled for unity. “Late arrivals disrupt the Silence.” “Tardiness is disrespectful to those who are already gathered.” “We should lock the doors after worship has begun.” “It’s all I can do to get my kids out the door in the morning. If we must be prompt, we can’t attend.”

Eventually, all Friends agreed that everyone’s... Read more.

Author(s): John Huyler

I became a convinced Friend the first time I walked into a Quaker meeting for worship. I was twenty-one, and I experienced the best of what Quaker worship can be. Compared with my previous experience of religion –  a “stand up, sit down” experience of being “preached at” – I said to myself, “this is the real thing.” That was fifty years ago.

At Boulder Monthly Meeting, where I have been a member for almost four decades, young people show up several times a year. They come as... Read more.

Author(s): Lynn Dixon, John Dixon

Be a CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocate

Our world presents us with many problems that are so large we may feel we can do little to make a difference. CASA is a program where one individual’s efforts can change a life, often lives, for the better.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 400,000 children are in foster care in the United States at any given moment. During the course of a typical year, about 800,000 children go... Read more.

Author(s): Annette Carter, Frank Granshaw

2018 was a year of climate records. The fourth warmest year since the beginning of the industrial revolution, it featured intense drought and wildfires in western North America, a devastating hurricane season in the Southeast, unprecedented flooding in southern Asia, and continued loss of Arctic sea ice. It was also the year that the U.N. International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that humanity had twelve years to stave off global climate catastrophe.

Katowice, Poland, in... Read more.

Author(s): Jim Corbett

Instead of wanting to go to heaven, the practical mystic wants heaven to come down to earth.

The ability to live by fitting into Nature rather then a human hierarchy is still the foundation of freedom, because freedom is personal co-creativity that is born of harmonious wholeness.

  • Jim Corbett, 2005
Author(s): Santa Fe Monthly Meeting
Minute on Immigration
Approved by Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers)
November 18, 2018

Equality, community and integrity are foundations of Quaker belief. Therefore, as immigrants and refugees in our community encounter trials such as family separation, incarceration, internment and deportation, Santa Fe Monthly Meeting is called to put these beliefs into action. We will support these neighbors in their daily lives, providing aid, companionship,... Read more.

Author(s): Quaker Oaks Farm
An interview with members of the Quaker Oaks Farm community

On January 12, 2019, Western Friend conducted an interview with several members of the Quaker Oaks Farm (QOF) community. Located in the Central Valley of California, Quaker Oaks Farm is an environmental and cultural learning center that is supported by Visalia Friends Meeting. Since 2013, QOF has hosted annual service-learning camps, which have brought together youth and adults from Wukchumni, Mexican-American, and... Read more.


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