Quakers have worked to influence the government almost as long as there have been Friends. Remembering the historical context and spiritual grounding of Friends’ efforts to change government through the centuries shows where faith has taken Friends and where we have yet to go.
In this practice, we will explore some intersections of Quaker theology, history, and advocacy through the lens of A Theological Perspective on Quaker Lobbying by Margery Post Abbott (read the pamphlet at fcnl.org/quakerlobbying). We will share silence, worship, and settle down to touch the roots of Quaker advocacy together to see what wisdom they might offer us today. We will also have time to share our experiences of Quaker changemaking traditions, discuss how FCNL’s work fits in, and reflect on how Spirit is leading us to witness today.
Bobby is the Quaker Engagement Associate at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. He cultivates relationships with Friends communities and supports Quakers’ Spirit-led advocacy on Capitol Hill and around the nation. Bobby found out he was a Quaker through working with FCNL in North Carolina, and he now worships at Friends Meeting of Washington, Baltimore Yearly Meeting.
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