Author(s): Diane Randall

The Mission Field of Washington, DC

Talk given to Pacific Yearly Meeting, July 30, 2013 at Mount Madonna Retreat Center, Watsonville, California

by Diane Randall, Executive Secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation

Greetings from the mission field of Washington DC!  I am very pleased to join Pacific Yearly Meeting in your 67th annual sessions, and i bring you greetings on behalf of the Friends Committee on National Legislation.  In my 2.5... Read more.

Author(s): Mary Klein

The editor and board of Western Friend hear this from our readers: While our magazine is published six times a year, many western Friends want to hear from each other more frequently than that.

We have made the decision at Western Friend to devote the paper pages of our magazine to topics that explore enduring questions. While our readers tell us they value this approach, some Friends miss the “timely newsletter” aspects of the old Friends Bulletin. Other... Read more.

Author(s): Sondra Beal

Dear Mary Klein,

I wanted to compliment you on the new layout and organization of our publication. Every successive editor has made improvements and you have certainly done your share already!

I also received a very nicely designed brochure about Western Friend recently. I did, though, want to correct one error, which is in the first sentence:  “Founded in 1929 as ‘Friends Bulletin Corporation,’ Western Friend has evolved with the times.”  I fear that as the... Read more.

Author(s): Gracia Fey Ellwood

This article is in dialogue with “The Bonds of Animal Agriculture” by Friend Joe Snyder in the May-June 2013 issue of Western Friend. I commend Friend Snyder for highlighting the destructive aspects of the prevailing system of plant and animal agriculture, which fail to respect God’s creation. To my mind, Friends cannot overemphasize the seriousness of such threats to our health and global sustainability.

Like Friend Snyder, I grew up on a family farm and found it an... Read more.

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.


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