Building Pathways to Peace


Online registration is now closed. You will still be able to register on-site for both the Quaker Public Policy Institute (Thursday-Friday) and Annual Meeting (Thursday-Sunday).

Building a Pathway to Peace

This November, we'll be asking Congress to prevent violence before it starts. The U.S. too often waits until war or atrocities begin, and then it only provides military solutions. But it doesn't have to be that way. We believe that by paying attention to warning signs, the international community can respond before deadly conflict erupts.

Tentative Schedule

All events will take place at the Washington Court Hotel. Past attenders, please note the new location.

Wednesday, November 11

  • 7:30 p.m.: Early bird lobby training

Thursday, November 12

  • 7:00 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m.: Registration opens
  • 9:30 a.m.: Welcome and Worship (Diane Randall)
  • 10:00 a.m.: Building Structures for Peace within the U.S. Government (Nancy Lindborg, President, U.S. Institute for Peace)
  • 10:30 a.m.: How We Move U.S. Policy and Policy Makers
    – Col. (Ret.) Christopher Holshek,
    – Sharon Morris, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Conflict and Stabilization Operations, State Dept.
  • 12:00 p.m.: Box lunch (provided)
  • 1:00 p.m.: Edward Snyder Award
  • 2:00 p.m.: Lobby training and planning your visit
  • 4:30 p.m.: New attender orientation
  • 5:00 p.m.: Welcome and reception
  • 7:00 p.m.: Opening plenary: "From War Is Not the Answer to Peacebuilding" (Bridget Moix, Senior Fellow, Genocide Prevention Program, George Mason University)

Friday, November 13

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Lobbying on Capitol Hill
  • 7:00 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m.: Worship sharing
  • 9:30 a.m.: Advanced lobbying workshops throughout the day (when you aren't lobbying)
  • 2:30 p.m.: Peacebuilding: Next Steps in the #Pivot2Peace
  • Program ends for Quaker Public Policy Institute
  • 4:00 p.m.: Geographic Sessions: Meet with others from your area to plan the work at home
  • 5:15 p.m.: Free time and dinner on your own
  • 7:00 p.m.: Panel: "Creating the Structures to Support Peacebuilding"
    – Theo Sitther, FCNL Legislative Secretary for Peacebuilding
    – Florence Ntakarutimana, a Friend working on Trauma Healing in the Central African Republic
    – Hussein Khalid, Executive Director of the Kenyan Human Rights Group Haki Africa

Saturday, November 14

  • 7:00 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m.: Worship sharing
  • 9:15 a.m.: Meeting for worship with attention to business
  • 12:00 p.m.: Lunch and conversation with FCNL lobbyists
  • 2:00 p.m.: Meeting for worship with attention to business
  • 3:15 p.m.: Workshops and information sessions
    – Policy Committee Emerging Issues -- Automated Weapons, Human Trafficking, Institutional Racism
    – Your Questions on The Budget & Finance
    – Capital Campaign: Next Steps in Engaging Our Community
    – Being FCNL All Year Long -- Field Committee Workshop
    – Build a relationship with your members of Congress: Advocacy Teams
    – How to Ask Questions to Candidates
  • 5:00 p.m.: Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m.: Plenary: "The World We Seek: Now Is the Time," young fellows presentations

Sunday, November 15

  • 7:00 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m.: Standing committee meetings
  • 9:15 a.m.: Meeting for worship with attention to business
  • 10:30 a.m.: Worship
  • 12:00 p.m.: Program closes


Nancy Lindborg

President, United States Institute for Peace

Hussein Khalid

Executive Director, Haki Africa

Florence Ntakarutimana

Program Manager with Catholic Relief Services’ Trauma Healing Program

Bridget Moix

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

Diane Randall

Executive Secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation

Theo Sitther

Legislative Secretary for Peacebuilding, Friends Committee on National Legislation

Washington Court Hotel

FCNL's Annual Meeting and Quaker Public Policy Institute will take place November 12-15, 2015 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC.

Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

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