Quakers Today

Quakers Today

Quakers Today features writers, musicians, and thinkers who are seeking wisdom and understanding in a rapidly changing world. We do not pretend to have all the answers. Instead we have a place where you can hear people speak from the heart, grapple with faith, and share the insights they have found along the way. It is also a place where you will have the opportunity to share your own insights, reflections, and questions. Hosted by Peterson Toscano, Quakers Today is a project of The Friends Publishing Corporation. Season Two of Quakers Today is sponsored by American Friends Service Committee (AFSC.)


September 12, 2023 15 mins

In this episode of Quakers Today, we ask, "When it comes to activism, do the ends justify the means?"

A Barbie Hoax with a Message

Actress and eco-activist Daryl Hannah speaks with host Peterson Toscano about her announcement that "Mattel intends to go 100 percent plastic-free by 2030 in all their toys. They hope to support a global ban on plastics."

Unfortunately, the excitement was short-lived. Hours after People Magazine's story...

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Quaker Worship, Nature, and Hunting

The episode introduces Timothy Tarkelly, a Quaker in Chanute, Kansas with a deep love for nature. Tarkelly draws parallels between the stillness of Quaker worship and his experiences in the outdoors, emphasizing the power of silence and anticipation in both settings. He wrote the Friends Journal article, Allowable Diversions: A Friend Explores the Morality of Hunting

Timothy published several b...

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July 11, 2023 18 mins

In this episode of Quakers Today we ask, What Do You Desire?

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June 13, 2023 20 mins

In this episode of Quakers Today we ask, What do you expect and need from a leader?

  • Kat Griffith steps out of her comfort zone and runs for local office. The lessons she has learned about herself and her community will encourage, inspire, and challenge you. Learn more about her experience through her article,  “One Quaker’s Excellent Adventure in Politics.”
    • Kat is a f...
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April 11, 2023 21 mins

In this episode of Quakers Today we ask, What is a daily practice that clears your head and steadies you for the day?

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March 14, 2023 21 mins

In this episode of Quakers Today we ask, What are your thoughts and feelings about virtual online worship communities? 

  • Writer Linda Seger talks about the essential work of centering into quiet as part of her regular writing process. In her QuakerSpeak interview, “Quakerism, Creativity, and the Artistic Process,” Linda shares about her approach to creativity and spirituality and how it is shaped by ...
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February 14, 2023 20 mins

In this episode of Quakers Today we ask, How has your view of Jesus God or religion changed since you were young? 

  • Hayden Hobby was raised in an evangelical church. He reflects on leaving an abusive God and finding a new way of expressing faith. For Quakers today Hayden talks about the experience that led him to write the essay "Surviving Religious Trauma, How I left an Abusive God." Today he studie...
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January 24, 2023 18 mins

Lucy Duncan and Rob Peagler from Reparation.Works discuss the questions that help guide their work. Lucy has been involved with groundbreaking reparations efforts in Philadelphia's Green Street Friends Meeting. Later this month Lucy and Rob will co-lead an online workshop called Exploring a Quaker Commitment to Reparative Justice. It is sponsored by Pendle Hill Quaker Center in collaboration with the Woodbrooke Centre in Birmingham...

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December 13, 2022 24 mins

In this episode of Quakers Today we ask, “What does redemption mean to you?” 

Attorney, coach, mediator, and Quaker thought leader, Adria Gulizia, speaks with Peterson Toscano about evil. Adria’s article “Facing Evil, Finding Freedom: How Christ's Victory Over Sin Is Ours to Share Today” appears in the December 2022 issue of Friends Journal. To read more of Adria Gulizia’s writing visit Shadow of Babylon

Click here to hear a long...

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November 15, 2022 22 mins

In this episode of Quakers Today we ask, “What is a fictional story that has inspired you or challenged your world view?” 

Writer Anne E.G. Nydam reads an excerpt from her short story, “The Conduits.” You can read the entire story in the November 2022 Fiction edition of Friends Journal. Click here to hear Anne reading the whole story. Visit nydamprints.com to learn about Anne E.G. Nydam’s block prints and books. 

Cai Quirk, a trans...

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Hi I’m Peterson Toscano. I am a Quaker and a podcaster. Whenever I tell someone that they thought I think they imagine some dude sitting behind a microphone in quiet contemplation. 

Ah, no. For me podcasting is all about sounds. It is also about people and the stories they have to tell. 

For over 10 years I have produced or hosted nearly 10 podcasts. They have touched on a variety of issues. LGBTQ+ liberation, faith, Bible scholars...

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October 17, 2022 2 mins

How do prevailing cultural values affect your life? 

What is your understanding of the Divine and how it works in you?

What music, films, or games represent how you see yourself in the world?

Quakers Today are asking all sorts of questions. We decided to invite Quakers and other seekers to share their questions and their journeys with us. Hi, I’m Peterson Toscano, host of the new Quakers Today podcast.

Every month Quakers Today ...

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