Recent Issues

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September 2021 / October 2021
Image of magazine cover showing vigil on one-year anniversary of George Floyd murder
July 2021 / August 2021
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May 2021 / June 2021

Archive Issues

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March 2016 / April 2016
Magazine cover with photo of Ohlone ceremonial dancers
January 2016 / February 2016
Magazine cover with photo of statue of wagon train
November 2015 / December 2015
Magazine cover with picture of toys on a playground
September 2015 / October 2015
July 2015 / August 2015
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May 2015 / June 2015


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 2021 – On Words  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 10/1/2021*)
  • Jan / Feb 2022 – On Freedom  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 11/15/2021*)
  • Mar / Apr 2022 – On Alternatives  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 2/1/2022*)
  • May / June 2022 – On Place  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 4/1/2022)
  • July / Aug 2022 – On Normality  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 6/1/2022*)
  • Sept / Oct 2022 – On Cooperation  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 8/1/2022*)
  • Nov / Dec 2022 – On Science  (Manuscript deadline for print publication: 10/1/2022*)
  • 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 2100 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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