Podcast release – 2/17/2024
We talk with Andrew Franklin, a Friend who helped guide Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) in making a large financial gift to Indigenous Alaskans in January 2024. He talks about the power of acting now, in the moment, to create the beloved community we want.
Podcast release – 1/6/2024
At the outset of the new year 2024, we travel back to 2018 to revisit a panel of speakers discussing the topic of “Unity is not Unanimity,” examining ways to keep our communities together despite disputes and disagreements within. Special focus is turned on conflict, decision-making, and eldering.
Podcast release – 12/2/2023
Episode 29 of the Western Friend Podcast presents a conversation with Roscoe Mathieu, exploring ways that the "empty forms" of spiritual practices can free a person's awareness to access a larger reality. Matthieu draws on several spiritual traditions and a deep knowledge of early Quaker writers.
Podcast release – 11/4/2023
Episode 28 of the Western Friend Podcast features the keynote presentation at the 2023 Annual Session of Pacific Yearly Meeting by Sophia Faith Cantu and Nora Lisette Cooke, guiding a community conversation about engaging with change.
Podcast release – 10/7/2023
In Episode 27, Dr. Richard Grossman, a recently retired OBGYN and Friend from Durango Meeeting, discusses abortion and community. Dr. Grossman continues to work on several population-centered projects and shares about his work and his life's purpose.
Podcast release – 9/16/2023
Episode 26 of the Western Friend Podcast features the keynote presentation at the 2023 Annual Session of Pacific Yearly Meeting by Sophia Faith Cantu and Nora Lisette Cooke, guiding a community conversation about engaging with change.
Podcast release – 8/5/2023
Episode 25 of the Western Friend Podcast features an intergenerational panel of speakers at the 2023 Annual Session of North Pacific Yearly Meeting, sharing experiences of building a faith community across generations today.
Podcast release – 7/1/2023
Episode 24 of the Western Friend Podcast features the keynote talk that Quaker media producer Jon Watts presented to Intermountain Yearly Meeting in June 2023. His topic was "Becoming Quakers the world needs."
Podcast release – 6/3/2023
Episode 23 of the Western Friend Podcast features a community conversation with Philip Clayton, president of the Institute for Ecological Civilization. Participants explore questions about what it actually means to live simply.
Podcast release – 5/6/2023
Episode 22 of the Western Friend Podcast features an interview with attorney, peace activist, author, and educator Bill Durland, who shares stories of his own life and of others who paid a high price for truth's sake.
Podcast release – 4/1/2023
Episode 21 of the Western Friend Podcast features a recording of the panel presentations to an online working session among Friends in the West, who were considering ways for Quaker meetings to better support new leaders.
Podcast release – 3/4/2023
Episode 20 of the Western Friend Podcast features an interview with Tom Ewell and other residents of Whidbey Island in Washington State, who have worked to end flights of the Navy's Growler jets there.
Podcast release – 2/4/2023
Episode 19 of the Western Friend Podcast features a wide-ranging interview with Barbara Birch, who is a member of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley, California. Barbara discusses her research on Elizabeth Fry, embodied spirituality and its relevance to Quakers today, as well as Friendly 12-Step recovery.
Podcast release – 1/7/2023
Episode 18 of the Western Friend Podcast features an interview with Barbara Phillips, a lifetime botanist and a member of Flagstaff Friends Meeting. Barbara discusses her life-long fascination with the outdoors, what it means to be a botanist, and some of the challenges facing us and the planet in these complex times.
Podcast release – 12/3/2022
Episode 17 of the Western Friend Podcast features an interview with Frank Granshaw – Friend, geologist, educator, and climate activist. Frank tells about his involvement with COP27 and about broader questions, including the fundamental natures of science and religion.
Podcast release – 11/5/2022
Episode 16 of the Western Friend Podcast features an interview with Gretchen Castle, a member of the national steering committee of Quaker Call to Action, an invitation to a national dialogue about the current, urgent threats to our democracy.
Podcast release – 9/3/2022
Episode 14 of the Western Friend Podcast features a keynote panel about Beloved Community. Marlene Coach-Eisenstein of Honolulu Meeting, Keith Runyan of Santa Cruz Meeting, and Peni Hall of Strawberry Creek Meeting explore questions of inclusion and welcome in Quaker community.
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 five) 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 three).
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 one).
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.”