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).

Articles by Christine Ashley

Background Friends Discuss the Future of Quakerism 

In April, 225 Friends gathered online for the event, “The Future of Quakers.” The conversation focused on several queries, including what Friends have to offer during this pandemic and how inward transformation can grow prophetic ministries.

Update FCNL’s Priorities Process Builds Community and Drive to Act Among Friends 

The COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t stop thousands of Quakers from conducting business with FCNL this March and April. 215 Meetings and Churches, as well as Yearly and Quarterly Meetings, chose to center their first virtual meetings for business on discerning FCNL’s legislative priorities for the 117th Congress.

Update Finding Love with FCNL  

There have been a lot of things that have given me joy working as your Quaker Field Secretary over the past four, nearly five years now. The work has been inextricably woven with my deepening faith practice, and I have fallen in awe and in love with so many Friends.

Update Young Quaker Leads Lobbying to Reduce Gun Violence 

You do not have to be an expert or a professional to lobby Congress. Anyone can speak truth to power at any time. I am especially thrilled to see young Quakers claim this and train their peers.

Event Peace in Our Hearts, Justice in the World 

FCNL joins Friends at FGC Gathering June 30-July 6, 2019 at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA.

FCNL staff and friends are bringing Quaker Advocacy to Grinnell College and Friends General Committee June 30-July 6, 2019. We hope to see you, if you are in town for the day or at the gathering for the week!

Background The Power of Our Witness 

Quaker Welcome Center

At the Quaker Welcome Center, we regularly see how the stories and connections of Friends are helping to make change on Capitol Hill.

Background My Hunger Story is No Longer Hidden 

Quaker Welcome Center

It took 20 stories before I had the courage to tell my story of hunger, of feeding my child as a single mother. It was the first time in 22 years that I told my story.

Event A Friend in Washington explores art, faith, and advocacy at FCNL  

Welling Hall presented her gun violence sculptures and gave an artist talk “Art Transforming Violence” on November 14, 2018, in the Quaker Welcome Center.

Update Celebrating World Quaker Day 

Friends Committee on National Legislation joyfully joins Friends from meetings and churches around the world to celebrate World Quaker Day on Oct. 7.

When I arrive at the FCNL office, I always stop for a moment before entering the building, just to read the banner hanging from the outside our building: #lovethyneighbor (No Exceptions).

Background Courage as a Spiritual State of Being 

A recipe for loving your neighbor

A few days ago, 27 pastors and spiritual directors from 14 states visited the Quaker Welcome Center for a two-hour conversation about how our work at FCNL, as Quaker advocates, is an example of tradition and innovation. Specifically, we explored together the question, “How do we cultivate and nurture courage as a spiritual state of being, and take that out in to the world?”