1. Event

Love Thy Neighbor: Annual Meeting 2019


November 17, 2019

More than 400 Quakers and friends came together from across the country to engage in worship, listening, and advocacy as we lobbied together to end endless war!

Save the Date for Annual Meeting 2020: November 12-15, 2020

Group holding Love They Neighbor sign at annual meeting 2019

We spent Thursday and Friday lobbying Congress to take the first step towards ending endless war by repealing the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). Saturday and Sunday were times for worship and community. FCNL's governors met to approve members of our General Committee, set FCNL’s budget, update “The World We Seek” policy document, and lay out plans for advocacy work in the next year.

Background The World We Seek 

FCNL's Statement of Legislative Policy

This statement of policy embodies our convictions and provides the foundation for our work. It derives from careful discernment by Friends throughout the nation who have identified the fundamental vision that underlies our legislative actions.


  • Participants in our Quaker Public Policy Institute went on 227 lobby visits, representing 44 states.
  • Diana Ohlbaum brought down the house, reminding us that, "together we have the power to change the world, to heal the world, and to achieve the culture of peace that is our highest calling."
  • We awarded the Edward F. Snyder Award to Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-02) for her leadership on genocide and atrocities prevention.
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) joined members of FCNL’s Advocacy Teams to announce her new War Powers Reform Resolution.

Speeches and Remarks

Update Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Introduces War Powers Resolution at FCNL Advocacy Teams Summit 

Annual Meeting 2019

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) joined members of FCNL’s Advocacy Teams to announce her new War Powers Reform Resolution.

Update Building the Movement for a New Peaceful Foreign Policy  

Annual Meeting 2019

FCNL's senior strategist and legislative director for foreign policy, Diana Ohlbaum, delivered this address at Annual Meeting 2019.

Update Why Congress Needs to Reassert its Power to End Endless War 

Annual Meeting 2019

FCNL's legislative director on militarism and human rights, Heather Brandon-Smith, delivered this address at Annual Meeting 2019.

Young Fellow Speeches

Save the Date and Plan to Join Us Next Time

Future Dates:

  • November 12-15, 2020, at the Washington Court Hotel.
  • Nov 18-21, 2021
  • Nov 17-20, 2022