Quaker Welcome Center

Where witness meets advocacy

Latest Update

FCNL’s offices are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you can still join our virtual events. Every Wednesday, we will be holding virtual Witness Wednesday Silent Reflections from 5:15-6:00pm EDT. Join our virtual events by phone or videoconference using our communication platform, Zoom.

Stay tuned for future virtual event offerings, including our June Quaker Changemaker event, "Changing Things from the Inside: Friends in Public Office” on June 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. EDT. For more information about virtual events and opportunities, contact Bobby Trice (rtrice@fcnl.org).

Our Work

Located across the street from the U.S. Senate, the Quaker Welcome Center is a place for dialogue and the promotion of peace, justice, and environmental sustainability. The Quaker Welcome Center hosts programs and events that equip people to change policy, nurture integrity in governance, and collaborate across political differences.

The Quaker Welcome Center is a green building, the first floor of which houses a living room-style meeting space and a conference room. The top two floors are residential with one apartment reserved for the Friend in Washington program, an advocacy residency for Quakers.

Upcoming event:
Update New space in D.C. intends to play host to bipartisan dialogue 

Our New Quaker Welcome was recently featured in the Washington Post as a space for bipartisan dialogue.

  • The Washington Post

Witness Wednesday

Quaker Welcome Center

Witness Wednesday

9:00-11:00 a.m. Grassroots lobby training

5:15-6:00 p.m. Silent reflection

Note: Witness Wednesday will NOT take place August 7, 14, or 21.

Ad Hoc Programming

By appointment: Lobby training and Capitol Hill orientation

Contact quakerwelcome@fcnl.org or 202-465-7571 to confirm schedule.

Grassroots lobby training: On Wednesday mornings, people can participate in a lobby training and talk to an FCNL staff person who will be on hand to help people prepare for lobby visits. RSVPs are strongly encouraged so that we can pair visitors with the issue area that is most relevant for their members of Congress.

Silent reflection: On Wednesday evenings, FCNL invites visitors, passers-by, staff, and colleagues to take a moment to reflect each week. This is in keeping with the Quaker practice of silent worship. We hope to offer a moment of respite and connection amid Capitol Hill’s high-pressure work environment.

Capitol Hill orientation and trainings (by appointment): For individuals and families, we can facilitate a brief orientation or lobby training before you meet with your members of Congress. We encourage you to call your members of Congress in advance to schedule a meeting or learn when they offer constituent coffee hours.

Group trainings (by appointment): Contact us to organize a visit with your meeting or church, Advocacy Team, or school group. We can work with you to tailor a lobby training to your group's needs.

Environmental Sustainability at the Quaker Welcome Center

In keeping with FCNL’s mission to seek an earth restored, nearly every aspect of the building’s construction was designed to minimize its environmental impact. These features include:

Green features of the Quaker Welcome Center
  1. Solar panels
  2. Smart utility meters, tracking energy use and peaks
  3. Green roof that reduces storm water runoff
  4. Pervious hardscaping and landscaping to manage water runoff
  5. Energy-efficient and smart LED lighting
  6. Low-flow toilets
  7. Energy-efficient windows
  8. Non-toxic, sustainable, and locally-sourced materials
  9. Adapted designs for sustainability and historical integrity

Event Recordings

View past event recordings via our Quaker Welcome Center YouTube Playlist.