Episode 13 of the Western Friend Podcast features the keynote talk that Carl Magruder delivered to North Pacific Yearly Meeting in 2022. Carl is a palliative care chaplain with an M.A. in Divinity. He is a member of Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting in Pacific Yearly Meeting. The title of this talk is "Deep Hope in Optimystical Times."
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The “chapters” in this podcast are:
00:01:04 Opening song by Carl Magruder
00:03:27 Carl's self-introduction
00:05:35 Optimysticism defined
00:07:51 Carl's thanks to his supportive community
00:10:00 Grounds for despair
00:17:22 Grief: the beginning of the road to hope
00:21:58 Friends in audience name what they grieve
00:26:38 Grief and systems thinking
00:35:47 The Great Unraveling: Apocalypse
00:44:26 Wise hope during "The Crumbles"
01:00:38 Agency and activism
01:05:40 Optimysticism and Quakers
01:20:30 Transition from keynote to follow-up interview
01:20:58 Transformation of the Religious Society of Friends
01:25:54 The vital Quaker message
01:27:57 The glass cliff
01:31:23 Problems with Quaker education, solutions
01:36:05 Quakers' revolutionary view of children
01:39:36 Outreach, proselytizing, faith traditions
01:49:30 Spiritual wounds and strength
01:54:15 Quaker peace-building