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Author(s): Betty Devalcourt and Diego Navarro

Looking towards the future of Quakerism, we see that the power to rekindle our fire for social justice lies within our local meetings. Supporting individuals to pursue the spirit’s leadings to work for peace and social justice will strengthen the Religious Society of Friends overall and connect us back to our historical roots.

In Santa Cruz Meeting, we have discovered one helpful approach for reclaiming our witness for peace and justice in the 21st Century. We have developed an... Read more.

Author(s): Sara Keeney, John Allcott, Steve Smith

Simplicity and Ecojustice

Intermountain Yearly Meeting – 39th Annual Gathering

June 9 - 16, 2013; Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico

Friends, come together this summer for fellowship, business and deepening your Quaker practice. The theme for this annual gathering will be “Simplicity and Ecojustice, in response to the call issued by the “World Conference of Friends” held last year in Kenya. 

The Kenya... Read more.

Author(s): Sara Keeney et al

39th Annual Gathering, "Simplicity and Ecojustice

 

June 9 - 16, 2012; Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico

 

Friends in Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico—Come together this summer for fellowship, business and deepening your Quaker practice.  There are two powerful opportunities in our area and all are encouraged to plan... Read more.

Author(s): John Allcott

Not by my strength alone: laboring together beyond our comfort zone

North Pacific Yearly Meeting

July 17-21, 2013

Forest Grove, Oregon

George Fox and other Friends will again join us in worship at our Annual Session, July 17-21 2013.  Margaret Fell will again provide spiritual nurture and accommodations in the manner of Friends. Our location is Forest Grove, Oregon hosted at Pacific... Read more.

Author(s): Steve Smith

BEING REACHED BY THE LIFE

Pacific Yearly Meeting

29 July – 3 August 2013          

Mt. Madonna Center, Watsonville, CA

Not by strength of arguments . . . and convincement of my understanding . . .  came I to receive and bear witness of the Truth, but by being secretly reached by the Life.  For when I came into the silent... Read more.

Author(s): Joan Steinwachs

Joanne Steinwachs has practiced psychotherapy as a clinical social worker since 1985 and runs a private practice in Denver. She works primarily with adults, addressing a wide range of issues, including chronic mental illness, addictions, eating disorders, and bipolar disorder.  Joanne is a friend of Friends, and she spoke with Western Friend by phone on March 14, 2013. 

Western Friend: Could you start out by talking a little about your... Read more.

Author(s): Nancy Haines

Dear Editor: 

I read the article from Vickie Aldrich about her letters to the IRS. I can understand her frustration, but Friends need to realize the IRS is a collection agency for the US Government, no more, no less. The IRS does not make the laws about the tax rates. The IRS cannot and does not determine US policy on the military nor set the budget for military expenditures. The IRS has no influence over Congress, no matter how many letters Friends write refusing to pay taxes. The... Read more.

Author(s): Elise Regan

Dear Editor,

I just wanted to let you know how much I have been enjoying the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Western Friend.

It was a very timely theme for me (On War) as I have been actively struggling with my views towards pacifism and humanitarian intervention, and I was thrilled to see the diversity of viewpoints expressed in this issue. Thank you for having the courage to publish the unorthodox perspectives of Quaker veterans in particular.

I appreciate your... Read more.

Author(s): Bob Jolly

Dear Editor:  I congratulate Zachary Moon for his fine article in the Western Friend (Jan/Feb 2013). It is well written and thought provoking.

I was struck first by his reference to “the veterans in our Meeting.” I am a veteran of two years service in World War II and that experience has given me a lot to think about during the intervening years. I had hardly heard of pacifism (I didn't become a Quaker until the age of 35 or so) and during those war years, I was almost... Read more.

Author(s): Vashek and Claudette Cervinka

Dear Friends: The lifelong work for peace of Ted Neff, member of Davis Friends Meeting, has inspired us to write about our country’s decisions to conduct war.

During the last 50 years our military has been involved in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, which were opposed by many citizens. In all three wars soldiers risked their lives, not fighting for our independence, freedom or democracy.  Our government started these military conflicts and, after spending taxpayers’ money, then... Read more.

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