Quaker United Nations Summer School

The application period for the Quaker United Nations Summer School is now OPEN. The deadline for applications is 2 January 2019. The Quaker United Nations Summer School provides the opportunity for a group of 25 young people to come together to learn more about Quaker work at the international level, and to witness the United … Read more…

FWCC Young Adult Friends Development Fund

Friends World Committee for Consultation is happy to announce the availability of the new Young Adult Friends Development Fund.  The Fund has been created from Quaker Youth Pilgrimage monies, and we hope it will generate similarly powerful experiences of deep spiritual connection and encouragement for Young Adult Friends. Please consider applying for events and projects … Read more…

Rwanda Fundraising Appeal report

In May, Rwanda Yearly Meeting signed a contract with a construction company to purchase and install all the 35 lightning rods that were required by government decree. Unfortunately, the company had to import the material from China and this took more time than expected, but the installation is now 70% complete. Cecile Nyiramana, Clerk of Rwanda … Read more…

FWCC joins Multi-Faith ‘Living the Change’ sustainable living initiative, representing Quakers worldwide

FWCC is working in partnership with a global community of religious and spiritual institutions including Interfaith, Baha’i, Buddhist, Catholic, Evangelical, Protestant, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim networks, and sustainable consumption experts, to champion sustainable living. ‘Living the Change’ was initiated at the UN Climate Conference in 2017 by the US-based multi-faith organisation, GreenFaith. As people of faith, many Quakers are … Read more…

Statement to the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice – 27th Session, May 2018

The Friends World Committee for Consultation (Quakers) support the expanded use of restorative methods within criminal justice systems. We applaud the work of the expert group and welcome their report. Whereas traditional criminal justice responds by punishing offences against the law, restorative justice seeks ways to repair the harm caused. Criminal behaviour almost always comprises … Read more…

Thank you on behalf of Rwandan Friends and FWCC

Friends World Committee for Consultation has closed the successful campaign to help Rwanda Yearly Meeting address an urgent need to install lightning rods on 35 buildings (at around £400 each) in Rwanda Yearly Meeting following several fatal lightning strikes affecting churches, schools and other buildings. The government decreed that they must install lightning rods on … Read more…

CEC is meeting from 29 April to 4 May

The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the Friends World Committee for Consultation is meeting from 29 April to 4 May 2018 at Moyallon, Northern Ireland, UK. The agenda includes: ·        Further consideration of the 2016 minute on Sustainability, and the work of the new Sustainability Communications Officer; ·        Further consideration of FWCC’s commitment to overcoming historical patterns of colonialism … Read more…

Global ecumenical engagement

 FWCC General Secretary Gretchen Castle reports on recent ecumenical activities. The Ecumenical Strategic Forum on Diakonia and Sustainable Development, sponsored by the World Council of Churches in Geneva, brought together over 100 partners from around the world to explore the great potential of faith based organizations to assist in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.  … Read more…

Report from COP23

FWCC’s Sustainability Communications Officer Susanna Mattingly reports on the first week of the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) held in November in Bonn. I spent a week in Bonn, Germany from 6-12 November, at the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC), presided over by Fiji. This was the … Read more…