Welcome to the FWCC World Office website.
Our work includes helping Friends to live sustainably and sustain life on Earth; the annual World Quaker Day of fellowship on the first Sunday in October; and the Quaker United Nations Offices in New York and Geneva.
World Quaker Day is on 6 October 2019
The theme is ‘Sustainability: Planting seeds of renewal for the world we love’.
Visit the World Quaker Day Website to see resources, reports, photos and videos from all over the world.
Gretchen Castle appointed chairperson of The Christian World Communions
Not only was October 2019 the month the World Quaker Family celebrated the 6th annual World Quaker Day, but it was also the month that Gretchen Castle, the General Secretary of the World Quaker Office was appointed the chairperson for the Christian World Communions Conference.
Gretchen will be the first woman to be the chairperson. Quakers, yet again, are leading the way for a worldwide representative to be a woman.
What is The Christian World Communions and what do they do? The Christian World Communions is made up of general secretaries from Christian communions who have a world presence. They meet annually as the Conference of General Secretaries for fellowship and support as religious leaders, learning about shared common missions and concerns, and promoting Christian unity as a constructive influence in the world. It is comprised of those communions who have a global presence and a world office.
The previous chairperson, Martin Junge of the Lutheran World Federation tweeted, “I am happy about the unanimous readiness of the Conference of Secretaries to receive her gifts and her leadership.”
In a time when we are challenged to come together across the globe, we are reminded that spaces where Christians can come together are more important than ever. Gretchen’s new position is continuing the message of FWCC “to encourage fellowship among all the branches of the Religious Society of Friends” and now within Christians around the world. The Friends World Office, along with the four sections of the Quaker family, are celebrating the happy news.
International Day of Peace Statment, 2019
Every year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. This year, Quakers joined 100+ peace building organizations in order to call on governments and the international community to:
- Move from commitments to action on peace in the 2030 Agenda across the three pillars of UN (human rights, peace and secuity and developments).
- Align crisis response with longer term prevention and peace building efforts;
- Protect and support civil society in fostering sustainable peace;
- Think local and act global: recommit to multilateralism as a safeguard for the most vulnerable.
Order your copy of the Friends Around the World handbook
The 2019 edition of the directory of Friends worldwide is now available. Please visit the Friends Around the World Website for details on how to order.
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.
Funding is available for events and projects that benefit and strengthen the network of Young Adult Friends around the world.