Recent Issues

Image of magazine cover showing a man performing yo-yo tricks
May 2021 / June 2021
Image of magazine cover showing a doll shaped as an angel
March 2021 / April 2021
Image of magazine cover showing face of a baby
January 2021 / February 2021

Archive Issues

Magazine cover with image of pig in mud
November 2016 / December 2016
Magazine cover with image of a stack of computer servers
September 2016 / October 2016
Poster at a public event - Moses parting the sea
July 2016 / August 2016
Picture of tree house on magazine cover
May 2016 / June 2016
Magazine cover with photo of water on window
March 2016 / April 2016
Magazine cover with photo of Ohlone ceremonial dancers
January 2016 / February 2016


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.

View Deep Archive

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 Cliques  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 8/1/2021*)
  • Nov / Dec 2021 – On Words  (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.

Help Wanted