Christine Ashley

Christine Ashley has the honor of nurturing and deepening FCNL’s relationships with Friends across the United States. In this role, Christine develops and sustains FCNL's engagement with individuals both within the Religious Society of Friends and with seekers for the Quaker way of living Faith in to action.

Christine participates in monthly and yearly meetings and churches throughout the country, as well as connecting Friends to the myriad of ways Faith and Practice may meld in to daily life.

Christine came to FCNL after having served over 15 years as a Quaker educator. Most recently, Christine was Scattergood Friends School’s Head of School in West Branch, Iowa. Her work in Quaker education also includes Thornton Friends Middle School as principal, and Thornton Friends Upper School (MD) as dean of students. Christine’s interest in contemplative education began during her undergraduate years at Vassar College where she received a BA in Religion with a concentration in Tibetan Buddhism.

Christine spent a year learning Tibetan and researching the integration of traditional medicine and Buddhist practice. After being awarded the Maguire Fellowship from Vassar College, she lived two years in Yogyakarta, Indonesia where she taught at IKIP Sanata Dharma, a teacher’s college. Christine spent an additional 5 years living, working, and volunteering in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, India and Sri Lanka. Upon returning to the United States, Christine pursued graduate studies in International Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Christine is an avid reader, traveler, and adventurer. She is the proud mother of five children and two dogs, and she loves hiking, camping and participating in the arts. Christine is a member of Whittier Friends Meeting (IYMC).

cashley@fcnl.org

Articles by Christine Ashley

Work with FCNL Your Quaker Summer 

Friends across the country are looking for a way forward, for guidance on what is the most effective way to make a difference, and for tools and skills to employ within their interactions with congressional leaders. Hundreds of Friends and friends of Friends have found their way to take specific spirit-led action with FCNL.

Event FCNL at Yearly Meetings 

Summer 2017 Across the Country

How is Spirit moving through your yearly meeting? Through FCNL’s travel to yearly meetings, we join in meeting for business, hear leadings and concerns, and share the broader work of the Religious Society of Friends as it manifests through the work of FCNL.

Update Quaker Power and Light 

FCNL Meeting Contacts Newsletter

This is our time to speak truth to power. This is our time to invest in ourselves and our advocacy tools and skills, so that we can best support our most vulnerable communities. It is time to organize.

Update The Future (and Present) of Quaker Advocacy 

Young Adult Friends are already taking leadership roles in our Spirit-led advocacy.

Update Our Ordinary Lives and Extraordinary Power 

As Friends, we choose to live in the ordinary and that ordinary is what we all have access to: God’s love. This ordinary is big and beautiful, and filled with hope. This ordinary is us.

Visiting Friends Toolkit 

The work of an FCNL Visiting Friend is to connect Meetings and Churches around the United States with FCNL’s Quaker mission and opportunities for action.