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Background Wars and Weapons Will Not Save Us From COVID-19 

Seven hundred and fifty billion dollars. That’s roughly how much the United States is spending annually on weapons and war. About $35 billion of that is for nuclear weapons, which, in a best-case scenario, sit in holes in the ground and never get used.

Update FCNL’s Priorities Process Builds Community and Drive to Act Among Friends 

The COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t stop thousands of Quakers from conducting business with FCNL this March and April. 215 Meetings and Churches, as well as Yearly and Quarterly Meetings, chose to center their first virtual meetings for business on discerning FCNL’s legislative priorities for the 117th Congress.

Event Thursdays with Friends 

Bi-Weekly Virtual Conversation | April-June 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.

Update Finding Love with FCNL  

There have been a lot of things that have given me joy working as your Quaker Field Secretary over the past four, nearly five years now. The work has been inextricably woven with my deepening faith practice, and I have fallen in awe and in love with so many Friends.

Remembering and Grieving Our Friend Mimosa Thomas 

The FCNL community is grieving the loss of our Friend and activist, Mimosa Thomas. She passed away on April 26, 2020. Her love for her border community in the Rio Grande Valley led her to grassroots organizing.

Update Oppose the President’s Unfounded and Cruel Immigration Order 

Using this global pandemic to enact restrictive and cruel policies is immoral.

On April 21, the President announced he would temporarily halt certain immigration through executive order. As a Quaker organization, FCNL rejects using this crisis as leverage to further cruel and harmful policies (immigration or anything else).

Event Peace Talk: Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge and Bridget Moix 

May 20 at 6:30 p.m. EDT | Online

How have Friends lived out the Peace Testimony in different national contexts? What strategies have Friends used to advance peace and justice internationally?

Wooden Spoons and a Well Baked Cake: Remembering Binford Farlow 

Written by Joe Volk

The sad news that our dear friend, Binford Farlow, had died after a long illness reached us here in Kendal at Longwood on March 25. We thought of Jewell and her family, and held them in our thoughts and prayers.

Statement Staying Connected and Engaged During a Pandemic  

Like me, I know you are deeply concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community and for people around the globe. I want to assure you that FCNL is in full operation – virtually – advocating for the world we seek, especially for those whose health and economic conditions make them even more vulnerable because of this pandemic.

Event “The Future of Quakers” with Marge Abbott and Liz Nicholson 

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What gifts do we Quakers have to share with others in these harrowing times of injustice? How do we practice listening and attending to the Spirit within? In this conversation, we discussed how everyday Friends are opening to the Spirit, deepening their connection to prophetic vision, and rekindling our history of radical witness in these times of unease, injustice and inequity.

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