Recent Issues

Magazine cover showing a boy speaking into a microphone
September 2020 / October 2020
Magazine cover showing a sculpture made of willow branches
July 2020 / August 2020
Magazine cover showing a hospital
May 2020 / June 2020

Archive Issues

Magazine cover with image of a woman playing the cello
March 2018 / April 2018
Magazine cover with image of a immigration detention center
January 2018 / February 2018
Magazine cover with image of a waste management center
November 2017 / December 2017
Magazine cover with image of a stone path
September 2017 / October 2017
Magazine cover with image of a candidates' forum
July 2017 / August 2017
Magazine cover with image of woman in redwood grove
May 2017 / June 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:

  • Nov / Dec 2020 – On Rules  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 10/1/2020*)
  • Jan / Feb 2021 – On Vision  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 11/15/2020)
  • Mar / Apr 2021 – On Relevance  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 2/1/2021*)
  • May / June 2021 – On Tricks  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 4/1/2021)
  • July / Aug 2021 – On Debt  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 6/1/2021*)
  • Sept / Oct 2021 – On Tribes  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 8/1/2021*)
  • Nov / Dec 2021 – On Science  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 10/1/2021*)
  • 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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