Author(s): W. Russell Brain

We are sometimes told that the only way to change society is to change its members individually. But this is not only unduly pessimistic; it involves a disregard of man’s nature as a social being and what is implied by our membership one of another. Because man is a social being, the spiritual level of a whole society can be lifted permanently by a few dedicated individuals, and a great reform such as the abolition of slavery can be brought about even though in other respects the ethical... Read more.

Author(s): Mary Klein
Author(s): Mary Klein
Author(s): Mary Klein
Author(s): Anthony Manousos

Dear Editor: I loved the article by Julie Harlow in the March/April issue of Western Friend. She really touched my heart with her honesty, commitment, and vision for authentic Quakerism. Like Julie, I was deeply involved in Soviet-American reconciliation work in the 1980s. I got to know Julie when she was taking groups of Friends from PacYM to the Soviet Union to build friendships and get to know our “enemy” as part of the citizen diplomacy movement. I felt our citizen diplomacy work helped... Read more.

Author(s): Karie Firoozmand

Dear Editor: In the published version of my letter in your March/April 2021 issue, there was something you edited out that I consider essential.

My original submission contained the acknowledgement that I do not know Friend Mike Clarke’s racial identity, and that in conversations like this, I think it’s essential to include such an acknowledgement. I don’t want Western Friend readers to get the impression that I assumed Mike to be White.

– Karie Firoozmand, Timonium, MD... Read more.

Author(s): Kate Connell

In March 2020, I was crying in frustration and disappointment. The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service (NCMNPS) had just recommended to the US Congress that the Selective Service System (SSS), mandatory registration for a military draft, be expanded to include women. Was I angry because women were going to be in line to be drafted? That was part of it. But my disappointment, my sadness, was more about the missed opportunity the commission hadn’t taken - to eliminate... Read more.

Author(s): Charlie Thomas

I have been a Friend for forty-five years. I started attending a few years after returning to the U.S. from a tour in Vietnam. It was a stressful time. We had two young children. At the encouragement of Charles and Mary Minor, we visited Flagstaff Friends Meeting on South Beaver Street, just off the campus of Northern Arizona University.

Within just a few meetings, I felt At Home. The “silence” especially appealed to my condition. It has done so ever since. I was a Vietnamese... Read more.

Author(s): Jean Semrau


one has to take sides
sometimes, and it’s always right
to side with the hurt

the poor, the widow,
the orphan, the captives and
the huddled masses



new allegory
of the peaceable kingdom:
hawks lie down with doves


Jean Semrau is a member of South Mountain Friends Meeting in Ashland, Oregon.

Author(s): Joe Morris

Chumash art near Santa Barbara, CA, photo by Doc SearlsOn a narrow country road eleven miles north of Santa Barbara, California, you will spot the sign for Chumash Painted Cave State Historical Park. Stop and peer through the protective fencing into the small sandstone grotto by the side of the road, and you will... Read more.


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