Reflections for 3rd Month, 2023

The Friends Committee on National Legislation is another Quaker organization working to make positive changes in the world.

Their website describes FCNL as “a national, nonpartisan Quaker organization that lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, and environmental stewardship.”

FCNL was founded by Quakers in 1943. They work with lobbyists on Capitol Hill and thousands of people across the country to advance policies they believe are necessary for society. They describe these policies as being “informed by our belief that there is that of God in every person and that all creation has worth and dignity.”

It’s not surprising to see that the work they are doing is consistent with Quaker testimonies of peace, equality, justice, and the protection of the earth.

Some of the areas FCNL has been working on include the Middle East & Iran, nuclear weapons, U.S. militarism, gun violence prevention, immigration, justice reform, and Native American rights.

And they’ve been successful!

FCNL has been pivotal in the creation of the Peace Corps, the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

In concert with their legislative work, the FCNL Education Fund promotes civic engagement through education and training.

FCNL describes their approach this way: “Grounded by faith and morality, we combine a pragmatic and results-driven strategy with a clear-eyed, ambitious vision of the world we seek.”

For more information, visit their website at

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