1. Event

Annual Meeting and Quaker Public Policy Institute 2018

November 28-December 2, 2018 in Washington, DC


Prophetic. Persistent. Powerful. As FCNL celebrates our 75th year, join Quakers and friends for four days of community, celebration, and advocacy.

Five people meet with Rep. John Lewis in front of the Capitol

Jose Woss / FCNL

Your voice. Our power.

Annual Meeting & Quaker Public Policy Institute

Join us in Washington, DC this November

Learn. Lobby. Lead. As FCNL enters our 75th year, join Quakers and friends for four days of community, celebration, and advocacy.

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Be a part of the 75-year legacy of prophetic, persistent, and powerful Quaker advocacy. Join FCNL November 28-December 2, 2018 for Annual Meeting and the Quaker Public Policy Institute.

Just weeks after voters elect a new Congress, join us to

  • Lobby to advance peace and justice.

  • Establish FCNL’s lobbying priorities for the upcoming congressional session.

  • Celebrate FCNL’s 75-year history and look forward to the next decades of our work together.

  • Hear from exciting and inspiring speakers – policy experts, faith leaders, and more – about how you can engage your community for policy change in the coming year.

  • Worship together and make new connections with committed people from across the country.

Quaker advocacy has never been more important. We hope you’ll join us.

Overview of Events:

Who will be there?

We anticipate about 450 people from across the country. Some will be Quakers, and some will be people in the FCNL community who share our values and policy goals. All are welcome!

Announcing Ruthie Tippin to lead Sunday worship. Ruthie Tippin is a recorded Friends minister. She has served in pastoral ministry in West Branch, IA and most recently at First Friends Meeting in Indianapolis, IN. Now retired, Ruthie continues to serve Friends in various ways as a retreat speaker, worship leader, writer, and encourager to pastors, meetings/churches and their members. Prior to pastoral ministry, Ruthie was an elementary music teacher and has a Master’s Degree in Education with emphasis in Creative Arts in Learning. She and her husband Jon have two children and three grandchildren… Ella, Ben, and Conor.

What will we be lobbying on?

Each year we select a different issue, based on where your voice can make the most difference at that time. Check back this summer for updates on this year’s lobbying topic.

What else will happen during the meeting?

  • Wednesday will offer early-bird training and registration as well as some pre-conference programming including Advocacy Teams programming. Attendance on Wednesday is optional.

  • Thursday will focus on learning about the issue you’ll be lobbying on and planning your visit with others from your area.

  • Friday is when most people will lobby. Beginning Friday evening, the focus of the event shifts to governance of FCNL.

  • Saturday focuses on the business of governing FCNL. We will hear committee reports and consider legislative priorities, the organization’s budget, and proposed changes to its bylaws. Alternative programming will be available for those not participating in these business sessions. Saturday evening, we will celebrate FCNL’s 75th anniversary.

  • Sunday wraps up the governing decisions. We will worship together before the meeting ends at noon.

Where will the event take place? Where should I stay?

Can I come just for the lobbying?

Yes! Register for the Quaker Public Policy Institute to participate just on Thursday and Friday. (If you will be at the event for the entire 4 days, please register for Annual Meeting. That registration includes the lobbying as well as Quaker business sessions, workshops, and meals on Saturday and Sunday).

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