1. Event

Thursdays with Friends

Bi-Weekly Virtual Conversation

By Diane Randall, July 14, 2020

Thursdays with Friends is a new online conversation series brought to you during this period of great difficulty when we are isolated from our loved ones. It is a brief 30-minute community chat on issues that Quakers and people of faith are compelled to continue to work on, whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in.

Thursdays with Friends

This online community conversation will be conducted via Zoom, using enhanced security protocols, and live streamed on YouTube and Facebook. It airs every other Thursday from 4:00-4:30 p.m. EDT, starting April 9.

Thursdays with Friends


Thursdays with Friends is hosted by FCNL General Secretary Diane Randall. It will feature FCNL lobbyists and Friends.

Whether we are gathered in person or online, we are convinced by our faith and experience to continue building the peaceful, just, equitable, and sustainable global community we seek.


November 19: What Should the 117th Congress Do?
Diane Randall hosts guests Dr. Ebby Luvaga, chair of the FCNL Policy Committee and professor of economics at Iowa State University and Amelia Kegan, FCNL legislative director for domestic policy. As we transition into the new 117th congress, we examine FCNL’s priorities during this extraordinary time: a deepening awareness of racial injustice and police brutality; the COVID-19 pandemic; an economic downturn that has escalated unemployment and profound inequalities; unequivocal evidence that the global climate crisis is here; and dire threats to the foundations of our democracy. Register here.

December 3: Faith-based Advocacy Matters
For decades, activists from various faith groups have been lobbying congress, especially on issues of peace and justice. With our country’s changing demographic, can they still be effective in shaping Congressional actions on such issues as immigration and economic justice? Register here.

December 17: A Season of Peace
Reviewing what we did to promote peace in 2020 and laying the groundwork for a new a season of peace in 2021. Register here.


View past event recordings via our Thursdays with Friends YouTube Playlist.

Diane Randall

  • General Secretary

Diane Randall is the General Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Diane leads FCNL’s staff to effectively educate and lobby for the policies and legislative priorities established by FCNL’s General Committee. A lifelong advocate for peace and social justice, Diane is a fierce proponent for citizen engagement that advances policies and practices to create a better society for all.