Author(s): Cara Arcuni

Monthly meetings all over the United States struggle with attracting new attenders, particularly Young Adult Friends (YAFs) who fall between the ages of 18 and 35.  It’s a rather large and indiscriminate cohort, but the people in that cohort (including me) have something in common: whether convinced, birthright, or exploring, we just don’t seem to be sticking around.

I began attending unprogrammed Quaker meetings when I was six years old.  My parents found their way to Orange Grove... Read more.

Author(s): Karen Vance

Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) is the branch of Homeland Security that runs immigration detention centers in jails and prisons across our nation.  Because most detainees are not charged with “crimes,” they are held in “civil” detention. This particular fact is at the heart of my story. Men and women held in immigration detention have none of the “rights” we associate with our criminal justice system: no right to an attorney, no right to a speedy trial, no right to a phone call, no... Read more.

Author(s): Andrew Secrest

Andrew Secrest was a member of both Lake County Worship Group of Redwood Forest Friends Meeting and of Berkeley Friends Church. He was a husband and father, a hospice nurse, and he followed a calling his whole adult life to bridge the gap between evangelical Friends and liberal Friends. He died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in his home in Lakeport, CA, on June 25, 2013. The text below was excerpted from the transcript of an interview that Western Friend conducted with Andrew on... Read more.

Author(s): William Burgess

Editors Friends' Intelligencer:


         Since my recent arrival in this city I have had an opportunity of attending the Friends' meeting here, now held at 570 Harrison street, in Swarthmore Hall, an annex to the dwelling occupied by Barclay J. Smith and family.  When I left the city over three years ago we met in the lecture hall of the Y. M. C. A. building.  Swarthmore Hall is not quite so large, but it answers a very good purpose for the little band which assembles here... Read more.

Author(s): Peggy Toledano

Dear Editor:  Two of us at Orange County Friends Meeting have undertaken a “project” to stimulate thought and dialogue about Western Friend's topics.

Briefly, in my capacity as the Western Friend subscription rep for the meeting, I wanted  this year to turn around our dropping subscription rate.  I had to use some real imagination to bring the subscription number up to at least 16.  

My next target was one of our younger Friends, who is a writer by... Read more.

Author(s): Henry Organ

Dear Editor: This is a very good and interesting article by Laurie Childers (July/August 3013). I love the sub-title: "Eleventh Gathering of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers." This is an overwrought word, but "awesome" seems to fit.  I would dearly love to see a picture of this group.

I like the thought of history also being viewed as current.  Certainly, this is the case in the African American community, of which I am a member. The Civil War really continues, really.  (I wonder... Read more.

Author(s): john heid

Dear Editor: Like farm grade baling twine the theme of walls is woven tightly, cogently, through the latest Western Friend, "On Superiority." A critical and compelling point is taken. The foundations of physical walls are first laid in the thoughts between our ears. Architectural barriers could not exist if the footers were not poured early in the classroom, nurtured by mainstream media and codified into law and policy.

Thus, walls like those that liter the US-Mexico border will not... Read more.

Author(s): Jim Anderson

To the editor: I appreciated and learned from Joe Snyder’s fine essay on the bonds of animal agriculture (May/June 2013). We have in many ways lost the balance of care, responsibility, and stewardship in our relationship with animals in what Joe calls the “monetization” of agriculture. He warns us that a simple rejection of the animal side of our food system, as some vegetarianism involves, may cause still more harm to nature, and even more death to living things. We need to hear this and... Read more.

Author(s): Sandy Farley

Dear Friends: I went to a children’s writer’s workshop and read the manuscripts of all the participants. They were exceedingly dark, and the child protagonists were thrust into life and death situations that most of us would never face. The hero or heroine was, without exception, the child of impaired, absent, or dead parents.

This is not a recent phenomenon. Cinderella was a step-child. Heidi is sent to live with her grandfather. Harry Potter is a wounded orphan. Luke Skywalker is... Read more.

Author(s): Mitchell Santine Gould

Pushing at the Frontiers of Change: a Memoir of Quaker Involvements with Homosexuality by David Blamires

Reviewed by Mitchell Santine Gould

According to David Blamires' new book, Pushing at the Frontiers of Change, the most influential document published by British Quakers in the Twentieth Century was probably a pamphlet entitled Towards a Quaker View of Sex (“VOS”). Pushing at the Frontiers of Change opens with an account of the creation... Read more.


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