Quaker Conversations 4: Quaker Advocacy: Peace, People, Planet

Saturday 17th October 2020

Session four will explore Quaker Advocacy with speakers from two Quaker organizations, Quaker Council on European Affairs (QCEA) and Friends Committee on National Legislation, supporting Quaker values through political advocacy. We will be exploring Friends’ prophetic witness that is often at odds with political life and asking what are the Quaker-shaped holes, now and in the future?


The Quaker Council for European Affairs brings a vision based on the Quaker commitment to peace, justice and equality to Europe and its institutions. European Quakers formed the Quaker Council in 1979 and continue to send representatives from every yearly meeting and other Quaker communities to form the organization’s General Assembly. A team works from Quaker House, a peace landmark in Brussels, close to the European Union headquarters, and the venue for many meetings between governments, international organizations, faiths, and many others.

Andrew Lane has served as the Director of the Quaker Council for European Affairs since 2015, representing Quakers to European governments and institutions. In recent years Andrew has been involved in work on racism, child detention, and police violence. Before joining QCEA, Andrew worked in the UK police service for a decade, including as the principal policy advisor to a regional police commissioner.

Andrew will speak about the witness Friends are able to offer in the face of rising polarization and nationalism, and how all Friends might play a part in more deeply fulfilling God’s call to love one another. What are the Quaker-shaped holes, now and in the future?


The Friends Committee on National Legislation lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1943 and governed by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL fields a team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and works with a grassroots network of tens of thousands of people across the United States to advance policies and priorities established by our General Committee. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our values of integrity, simplicity, and peace as we build relationships across political divides to advance public policies to create a more just and peaceful world.

Diane Randall has served as the General Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation since 2011. Diane leads FCNL’s staff of 53 people to effectively educate and lobby for the policies and legislative priorities established by FCNL’s General Committee. A lifelong advocate for peace and social justice, Diane is a fierce proponent for citizen engagement that advances policies and practices to create a better society for all.  She is a member of Hartford Monthly Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting.  Diane is married to Roger Catlin and has 3 adult children.

Diane will speak about Friends’ prophetic witness that is often at odds with political life, particularly at this time of profound political polarization in the United States. The effort to pursue truth and to see ‘that of God in every person we meet’ are disciplines that shape FCNL’s patient and persistent approach to lobbying and building relationships with elected officials.  As we confront a global pandemic, the devastation of climate change, rampant income inequality, rising nationalism and racism, we are called to fierce love, a Divine love that grounds us in God.

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