1. Work with FCNL

Your Quaker Summer

By Christine Ashley

Friends across the country are looking for a way forward, for guidance on what is the most effective way to make a difference, and for tools and skills to employ within their interactions with congressional leaders. Hundreds of Friends and friends of Friends have found their way to take specific spirit-led action with FCNL.

We know that Friends are uniquely poised to address and lift up the injustices that plague our nation with members of Congress. We speak to all sides of the aisle in Congress, planting seeds and growing conversations that allow us return again and again and push for policies that reflect Quaker concerns and priorities.

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"We can't legislate love, but we can work to pass legislation motivated by love" writes Friend Debbie Parvin from Fancy Gap Meeting in Fancy Gap, Virginia.

Because Quaker advocacy emphasizes building real and long-lasting relationships with members of Congress from all sides of the aisle, we enter each office ready to see that of God within the other, prepared to open our hearts and listen. We are not afraid to speak truth to power and we work hard to practice deep and abiding love. Ed Snyder, FCNL’s former Executive Secretary, wrote “Peacemaking finds its power in love-in-action, much as Paul spoke of it in his first letter to the Corinthians.”

FCNL lobbyists are everyday people, not professional lobbyists. Love lies at the heart of the work we do with FCNL, and our thousands of stories of Quaker advocacy illustrate perfectly that when we open up new avenues for spirit-led action in our lives, power and possibility are the outcomes. Join us this #quakersummer and get ready to lobby in August!

Christine Ashley

  • Quaker Field Secretary

Christine Ashley has the honor of nurturing and deepening FCNL’s relationships with Friends across the United States. In this role, Christine develops and sustains FCNL's engagement with individuals both within the Religious Society of Friends and with seekers for the Quaker way of living Faith in to action.