Co-produced with Soul Force Ones, a partnership of Jonathan Stoll (Corvallis Friends Meeting) and his colleague colin cole, Western Friend Podcasts appear online the “first Saturday” of every month (holidays excepted). Many of these programs are produced from interviews with Friends with Callings, recorded "in front of a iive studio audience," which any Friend or friend can join online.
Podcast release – 8/6/2022
In Episode 13, Carl Magruder delivers the keynote talk to North Pacific Yearly Meeting 2022, then engages in a follow-up interview. Carl is a palliative care chaplain with an MA in Divinity and a member of Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting. His talk was titled, "Deep Hope in Optimystical Times."
Podcast release – 7/2/2022
Podcast 12 features Bridget Moix speaking to Intermountain Yearly Meeting in 2019, when she was U.S. Senior Representative Peace Direct. In 2022, she became General Secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation. The theme of this keynote talk is: "Faith, Fear, and Our Future."
Podcast release – 6/4/2022
Episode 11 of the Western Friend Podcast features a conversation with two recent presiding clerks of Western yearly meetings, who discuss experiences and insights they have gained through decades of living as Quakers in "military towns" -- Colorado Springs, CO, and Great Falls, MT.
Podcast release – 5/7/2022
In Episode 10, Michele Shields talks with us about death, life, and everything in between. Michele is a member of the Honolulu Friends Meeting and the Director of Spiritual Care Services emerita and research scholar at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.
Podcast release – 4/2/2022
In Episode 9 of the Western Friend podcast, the hosts speak with Theresa Deibele, treasurer of Multnomah Monthly Meeting (Porland, OR). She talks about the meeting's year-long search for a bank that has values aligned with Quaker values,
Podcast release – 3/5/2022
In Episode 8 of the Western Friend podcast, the hosts speak with sociologist, writer, and activist Paula Palmer. A member of Boulder Friends Meeting (IMYM), Palmer co-coordinates “Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples,” a program of Friends Peace Teams.
Podcast release – 2/5/2022
In this podcast, we chat with agrarian scholar and Visalia Friend Daniel O'Connell. We speak about his journey, his activism in California's Central Valley, his spiritual practice, and his book, In the Struggle: Scholars and the Fight Against Industrial Agribusiness in California.
Podcast release – 1/8/2022
Our January 2022 podcast presents an interview between Gabriela Portillo Alvarado and the partners of Soul Force Ones, where they all dig deeper into the themes that Gabriela raised in their keynote talk (podcast episode 5) and the poetry they shared.
Podcast release – 12/4/2021
Our December 2021 podcast centers on the poetry reading and keynote talk that Gabriela Portillo Alvarado and Avotcja Jiltonilro presented to the 2021 annual session of Pacific Yearly Meeting. These two poets spoke and shared poetry on the theme of: “Love and Justice: Heeding the Spirit’s Power Within and Among Us.”
Podcast release – 11/6/2021
Our November 2021 podcast presents an interview between Cherice Bock and the partners of Soul Force Ones, where they all digging deeper into the themes that Cherice raised in her keynote talk (podcast episode 3).
Podcast release – 10/2/2021
Our October 2021 podcast centers on the keynote talk that Cherice Bock gave at the 2021 annual session of North Pacific Yearly Meeting. Cherice Bock works as a Creation Justice Advocate with Oregon Interfaith Power & Light. She spoke on the topic of: “Courage, Fear, and Care: Creating Resilient Communities to Meet Climate Justice.”
Podcast release – 9/4/2021
Our September 2021 podcast presents an interview between José Santos Woss and the partners of Soul Force Ones, where they all digging deeper into the themes of that José raised in his keynote talk (podcast episode 1).
Podcast release – 8/7/2021
Our August 2021 podcast centers on the keynote talk that FCNL’s José Santos Woss gave at the 2021 annual session of Intermountain Yearly Meeting – “Race and Faith: A First Gen Journey to Justice.”