About FCNL

About FCNL

Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL's nonpartisan, multi-issue advocacy connects historic Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity, and truth with peace and social justice issues. FCNL fields the largest team of registered peace lobbyists in Washington, DC.

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A Quaker Lobby

From a Place of Faith

FCNL is part of a long tradition of Quaker advocacy. Both our policy positions and our approach to lobbying are grounded in Quaker principles of simplicity, peace, integrity, compassion and equality. Quakers across the country take part in our work—through their meeting or church community, through lobbying, and through their financial support.

Effective Advocacy

Preventing a U.S. War with Syria

This summer, U.S. military action against Syria seemed imminent. By early fall, the U.S. negotiated a diplomatic solution to remove Syria’s chemical weapons. FCNL was a critical voice in opposing war and offering nonviolent alternatives.

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The World We Seek: FCNL Policy Statement

The World We Seek: FCNL Policy Statement

This statement sets forth FCNL's broad objectives for public policy. FCNL's legislative priorities for each Congress are drawn from the policy statement. The General Committee last updated the Policy Statement in November 2013.

Help Set FCNL Priorities for the 114th Congress

Every two years, we ask Quakers around the country to help shape our work. Before April 15, 2014, please help us identify the issues that most need close attention from Friends around the country and from FCNL's staff over the next few years.


Legislative Priorities for the 113th Congress

The FCNL General Committee sets new priorities for the organization every two years, as a new Congress takes office.The Statement of Legislative Priorities identifies a set of issues on which staff is expected to focus time, energy, and resources.

General Committee

FCNL is governed by a General Committee made up of 184 Quakers from around the country.

The world we seek

We seek a world free of war and the threat of war
We seek a society with equity and justice for all
We seek a community where every person's potential may be fulfilled
We seek an earth restored

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