Recent Issues

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July 2019 / August 2019
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May 2019 / June 2019
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March 2019 / April 2019

Archive Issues

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January 2018 / February 2018
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November 2017 / December 2017
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September 2017 / October 2017
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July 2017 / August 2017
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May 2017 / June 2017
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March 2017 / April 2017


Deep Archive

Before Pacific Yearly Meeting existed, before North Pacific and Intermountain Yearly Meetings, even before the Pacific Coast Association of Friends . . . Friends in the West connected with each other through Friends Bulletin, which was founded in 1929 and transformed into Western Friend in 2008. Find a simplified chronology of past editors here, and a more detailed chronology here. Please let us know if you can help us fill in any of the “gaps” in our collection.

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Future Issues of the Magazine

Let us know if you would like to contribute writing, art, or photography to one of the upcoming issues of Western Friend, which will be organized around the following themes:

  • Sept / Oct 2019 – On Neighbors  (Still accepting manuscripts for online publication.)
  • Nov / Dec 2019 – On Separation  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 10/1/19*)
  • Jan / Feb 2020 – On Mediation  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 11/15/19*)
  • March / April 2020 – On Art  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 2/1/20*)
  • May / June 2020 – On Wealth  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 4/1/20*)
  • July / Aug 2020 – On Secrets  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 6/1/20*)
  • Sept / Oct 2020 – On Teachers  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 8/1/20*)
  • Nov / Dec 2020 – On Rules  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 10/1/20*)
  • We accept manuscripts for online publication at any time.

We publish articles on topics of interest to both Quaker newcomers and "seasoned Friends." Submitted manuscripts for print publication should be somewhat longer than 600, 1300, or 1900 words.

* It is possible that enough submissions will be submitted and accepted to fill the print edition of this issue before this deadline arrives.

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