Spirit Led Action: Report on Annual Meeting 2016

November 13, 2016


Hundreds of Friends came together from across the country for worship, listening, advocacy, and community, as we confronted what it means to love all of our neighbors now.

Young adults smile at each other

We spent Thursday lobbying to bring sentencing reform to a vote in the Lame Duck session. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were times for worship and community. FCNL's governors met to approve members of our General Committee, set the budget, discern Legislative Priorities, and lay out plans for advocacy work in the next year.

Legislative Priorities for the 115th Congress 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation seeks to bring spiritual values and Friends’ testimonies to bear on public policy decisions. FCNL solicited the views and concerns of Quaker meetings, churches, and organizations around the country to help discern the following priorities for our lobbying and public education work during the 115th Congress (2017-2018).

Minute on Institutionalized Sexism 

The General Committee approved a minute calling on Policy and Executive Committees to address institutionalized sexism.

Photos from Annual Meeting

Check out the best moments from Annual Meeting 2016: Spirit-Led Action

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Highlights

In these post-election moments, who better to help this country move forward in hope and healing than people of faith? ~ Amelia Kegan

  • Diane Randall gave a message on healing the heart of democracy during Friday morning meeting for worship.
  • Amelia Kegan spoke on the urgency of our work across issues -- especially in this challenging time.
  • Jose Woss told the story of why he believes in the hope and opportunity of this country, even in the face of daunting odds.
  • Sen. Ed Markey accepted the Snyder Award for his work for peace and nuclear disarmament.
  • Jim Wallis, LaVida Davis, and Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune joined a panel discussion on the faith community's responsibility to dismantle institutional racism.
  • Friends shared remembrances of Ed Snyder, FCNL's Executive Secretary Emeritus, who passed away this August.
  • We celebrated the groundbreaking of the Quaker Welcome Center, brought to you by FCNL's Capital Campaign, "The World We Seek: Now Is the Time."

Young Fellows Speeches