I live in Camas, Washington, and attend Camas Friends Church, but I’ve lived all over the Pacific Northwest, plus a few years in Berkeley, California. I’m a double George Fox University graduate with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (choose your own adventure!) with an emphasis in Theatre, Music and Writing/Literature and an M.A.T with endorsements for Middle and Secondary English and Theatre. I spent a couple of blissful years teaching and directing theatre at Tumwater High School before my first child was born. I’m married to Matt Boswell, pastor at Camas Friends, and we have three children: Clara (5), Renee (3) and Teddy (10 months). I have a small photography business and spend most of my time happily at home with the kids, but I dream of returning to theatre when they are older.
I grew up Foursquare, and until I went to college, I didn’t realize that Quakers were still a thing. As a student I resonated with some Quaker values, such as pacifism, but it was a long and complicated journey to now where I consider myself Quaker. In many ways I feel like I’ve always been Quaker; I just didn’t know it. If you want to have your ear talked off, you could ask me more about my journey sometime.
I am so excited to be part of what we are creating with Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). I am clerking the Coordinating Committee and thoroughly enjoying helping wade through all of the details involved in the creation of SCYMF. I am hopeful that we are creating something beautiful. Something sincerely honest and deeply kind. I am hopeful that we will learn and grow together. That we will listen well to the marginalized and continually seek justice. That we won’t be afraid of different ways of thought, but will be enriched by those differences. I am truly loving being a part of this community and I’m eager to get to know more and more people as we gather online and in person.
Joann Boswell is clerk of the Coordinating Committee. She attends Camas Friends.