A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
Lives that Speak
FCNL lobbyists ask questions, seek common ground, and seek to connect with that of God in each member of Congress and congressional staffer we meet with. We have seen that persistent, honest, and respectful relationship-building with members of Congress really can change national policy.
Friends Around the Country
Quakers have a deep history of visitation outside one’s own meeting—seeking fellowship and deepening ties with Friends by way of personal, human to human, connection. Rooted in this practice, FCNL Visiting Friends (with support and guidance from FCNL staff) will give presentations to Meetings about the core components of FCNL’s work and their own personal stories to help nurture, connect, and energize friends into faithful action.
FCNL Contacts are liaisons who keep their meeting, church or other group informed about FCNL’s issues and action opportunities. We rely on this network to keep us informed about the concerns and advocacy work of Friends in their area. Contacts receive a monthly newsletter.
Organizers connect local activists and leaders with their members of Congress to affect big, long-term change. As part of the Advocacy Corps, learn critical organizing skills and put them into practice with hands-on leadership experience.
Advocacy Teams are groups of advocates across the country who use their power as constituents to build meaningful relationships with their members of Congress. FCNL gets to the root of problems by changing the systems and policies that drive them. We believe that Congress has immense power to effect positive change. It's our job to make sure they use it.
FCNL is governed by a General Committee made up of 184 Quakers from around the country, the majority of whom have been appointed by 26 Yearly Meetings and seven national Friends' organizations.
FCNL’s lobbying priorities are set for each session of Congress by Friends around the country. See our current priorities. These priorities are drawn from our policy statement, a longer document that reflects discernment by hundreds of Quaker meetings and churches.