1. Event

Thursdays with Friends

Bi-Weekly Virtual Conversation

By Diane Randall, May 4, 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.

Schedule for May-June 2020:

UPDATED - June 4: Racism and Policing in America
There will be no justice until our country confronts the destructiveness of white supremacy that devalues black lives. George Floyd’s murder by the police and the protests happening all over the country and world cry out for urgent action. This week, FCNL’s José Woss, lead lobbyist for criminal justice and election integrity, and co-chair of the Interfaith Criminal Justice Network, will join Diane Randall to discuss racism and policing in America. Register here.

June 18: Advocating while Social Distancing
A discussion between FCNL’s Diane Randall and Shoshana Abrams on advocacy during the coronavirus pandemic. How are FCNL advocates adjusting to the new realities in the field? What are some methods that our advocates employ to be heard and to build relationships during this tumultuous time? Register here.

To Be Rescheduled: Changemakers Addressing Climate Change
A discussion between FCNL’s Diane Randall and Alicia Cannon on World Environment Day and climate change. What are we doing as changemakers to address the climate crisis?


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.