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A Quaker Reflection on Annual Meeting 2020: Fierce Love

I am personally very dedicated to the national Quaker lobby organization, the Friends Committee on National Legislation. For most of the past twenty-five years I have attended their annual meeting in D.C., and I joined the 2020 event online from home where gathered for four days of worship, organizational meetings, and to virtually lobby of our elected officials.

FCNL Priorities for the 117th Congress (2021-2022)

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) brings Friends’ spiritual values and testimonies to bear on U.S. public policy decisions, guided by the legislative priorities below.

The Pervasiveness and Tenacity of Fierce Love

This has indeed been a year of reckoning—of challenges so big and so constant we cannot turn away. Reckoning with the election; the coronavirus pandemic; systemic racism of our country; and the continued destruction of our planet.
Deborah Roose exiting Quaker Welcome Center
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Jennifer Domenick/FCNL

Quaker Welcome Center

The Quaker Welcome Center hosts programs and events that equip people to change policy, nurture integrity in governance, and collaborate across political differences.

Remembering the Roots of Quaker Advocacy

Like many convinced Quakers, my advocacy work brought me to the Religious Society of Friends and I never left. Nourished by the spiritual community I found among Friends, I was led to join the Quaker legacy of standing up for peace and justice.
Deanne Butterfield

Friend in Washington Program

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has long benefited from the dedicated service of Friends who volunteer in our Washington, DC office for a focused period of time.
Visiting Friend, Joey Hartmann-Dow presents to Friends at Doylestown Meeting.

Visiting Friends

With support and guidance from FCNL staff, you can share your transformational story of faith and action, and the power of Quaker advocacy.

Come join us and be the spark that helps light the Fire within.

Quakers have a deep history of visitation outside one’s own meeting—seeking fellowship and deepening ties with Friends by way of personal connection. Rooted in this practice, Visiting Friends give presentations to meetings and churches about the core components of FCNL’s work to help nurture, connect, and energize Friends into faithful action.

What Does Fierce Love Look Like?

These times call for love with an edge. Working for change today requires a ferocity and tenacity that colors the idea of love with the full range of its meanings. It is not passive, not necessarily nice or pretty. It is fierce.

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