Welcome to the Western Friend Podcast, an official publication of Quakers in Pacific, North Pacific, and Intermountain Yearly Meetings. Teaming up with partners like Jonathan Stoll and colin cole of Soul Force Ones, Western Friend Podcast explores questions of faith, purpose, and practice.(Visit Soul Force Ones at: https://www.soulforceones.com/) And grab your calendar! Follow this weblink to join a follow-up conversation about each podcast: https://westernfriend.org/western-friend-podcast
29. Roscoe Mathieu - A Quaker Rosary
Roscoe Mathieu, a member of Central Coast Friends Meeting, joins us for episode 29. Roscoe expands on his article, A Quaker Rosary, that appeared in the November 2023 issue of Western Friend Magazine. In the second half of the episode, he takes questions from the audience.
Roscoe´s article: A Quaker RosaryWestern Friend Magazine (Nov/Dec 2023)Western Friend Podcast archive
28. Keith Runyan - Finding Unity for Earthcare
Keith Runyan is a Quaker change-maker and the new General Secretary of Quaker Earthcare Witness. He is a visionary and activist, born and raised in Pacific Yearly Meeting in Northern California. In 2018, he undertook a 12-day hunger strike while traveling in the ministry to bolster awareness and action on the climate crisis and environmental justice. In Episode 28 of our podcast series, Keith shares his vision for Quaker action for earth justice.
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Braiding Sweetgrass, book referenced in today’s episodeQuaker Earthcare WitnessMore information on Western Friend Podcast
More information on Soul Force Ones
27. Dr. Richard Grossman - Abortion and Community
Dr. Richard Grossman, a recently retired OBGYN, discusses abortion and community on this episode of the Western Friend Podcast. Dr. Grossman continues to work on several population-centered projects and shares about his work, his purpose, and his essay published in the most recent issue of the Western Friend magazine. Later, the conversation is opened to members of the community who joined us for the live recording.
Dr. Grossman’s essay on Abortion and CommunityWebsite for Population Matters
26. PacYM Panel - Centering the Voices of the Next Generation
Episode 26 of the Western Friend Podcast features the keynote panel conversation from Pacific Yearly Meeting, held on July 22, 2023. The episode begins with an introduction by presiding clerk of PYM Laura Magnani, and is followed by the panel discussion led by Sofia Faith Cantu, who goes by Faith and Nora Lisette Cooke, who addressing the topic of centering the voices of the next generation.
There are a few moments where the speakers pose a query for reflection. Feel free to take a moment to pause the episode if you would like to reflect, and resume when ready. There are brief musical intermissions that indicate when you can pause.
We hope you enjoy this month’s episode, and stay tuned for new episodes released the first Saturday of every month. You can also find all of the previous episodes wherever you get your podcasts.
25. Intergenerational Panel - Meeting at the Corner of Wisdom and Power
Episode 25 features an intergenerational panel of speakers at the 2023 Annual Session of North Pacific Yearly Meeting – in conversation on the theme, “Meeting at the Corner of Wisdom and Power.” Facilitated by Paul Christansen of Eastside Friends meeting, the panelists include:
Zane Freewyn, Multnomah Monthly Meeting
Hazel Jordan, Olympia Friends Meeting
Adam Billen, South Seattle Friends Meeting
Jane Snyder, Multnomah Monthly Meeting
Jerry Graville, Lopez Island Monthly Meeting
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Western Friend PodcastWestern FriendSoul Force Ones
24. Jon Watts - Keynote from 2023 IMYM Annual Gathering
This episode features the keynote address by Jon Watts given at the 2023 IMYM annual gathering on the theme of “Becoming the Quakers the world needs today.”
Jon is a Quaker media creator and spiritual entrepreneur, and a member of the Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. He founded the QuakerSpeak project as well as a NEW podcast called Thee Quaker.
Below you can find links to the projects he references in today’s episode:
Dance Party Erupts During Quaker Meeting for WorshipHow Does Culture Influence Quaker Worship?Thee Quaker PodcastQuakers and The InternetGeorge Fox and the Birth of QuakerismQuaker Meeting for WorshipWhy I Blockaded 40,000 Tons of Coal with a Lobster BoatDon’t forget, you can find all previous episodes in the archives wherever you listen, and new episodes are released the first Saturday of each month. Thank you for tuning in!
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