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.

Author(s): Diana Forsythe

All vocal ministry comes from a divine source, and we cannot judge who will benefit nor how this will happen. Thus Friends do not rise and respond to spoken ministry in a Meeting for Worship. Friends may be inspired to follow a direction initiated in the meeting by a previous message, but this is never directed as a response to the previous speaker or to contradict or object to the message. If a message seems objectionable, consult with members of the Worship and Ministry Committee... Read more.

Author(s): Mary Klein

Dear Friends:  If a king were to offer me a tract of land as a home for my family and friends, I might take it. Though if I were required to grovel in thanks first, I might turn it down, since I carry a peculiar temperament common to Friends. In “A Key,” which William Penn wrote in 1692 to explain the ways of Friends, he said, “We honor all men in the Lord, but not in the spirit and fashion of the world which passes away. And though we do not pull off our hats or give flattering titles... Read more.


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