links to other friends organizations
Yearly Meeting is an unaffiliated Yearly Meeting that
maintains membership with the Friends World Committee for
Consultation (FWCC) and appoints representatives or visitors to
many Friends organizations in order to maintain twoway
communication. The Yearly Meeting Nominating Committee
selects liaisons to Friends organizations whose ability and
experience enable them to relate to the particular organization. If
Friend is unable to attend a given session, the Clerk of the
Nominating Committee and the Clerk of Yearly Meeting appoint
a nomination is made, the Nominating Committee provides the Representative
with a summary of his or her
responsibilities. The Yearly Meeting budget includes travel funds for
its Representatives to attend gatherings of Friends organizations.
The Treasurer or Finance Committee advises each Representative of
the availability of such funds.
friends service committee (afsc): Founded in
1917 by a small group of Quakers to provide alternative service
opportunities for conscientious objectors and relief for war victims,
the American Friends Service Committee today is a worldwide
organization which continues to serve as a corporate expression of
certain Quaker beliefs and practices. The AFSC undertakes
programs of relief, social change and reconciliation in this country
and abroad. People of many races, creeds, and nationalities who
share the Committee’s religious and social philosophy serve
members or volunteer on its committees which carry primary
responsibility for program direction at every level.
AFSC is made up of a national office in Philadelphia and nine regional
offices throughout the United States including those
in Pasadena and San Francisco, plus a network of domestic and
overseas programs. The national Board of Directors, primarily
members of the Religious Society of Friends, sets organizational
policy. The Clerk of each Regional Executive Committee is a full
member of the National Board. Quaker process guides decision
making throughout the AFSC.
Yearly Meeting appoints five persons to serve as Representatives
to the AFSC Corporation (which oversees the
Board of Directors), each for a three-year term. At least one of the
five (selected by the Representatives themselves) should attend the
annual meeting of the Corporation. The primary responsibility of
the Representatives is to develop and maintain a close relationship
between the AFSC and the Yearly Meeting.
friends church southwest is a member of
Evangelical Friends International. PYM Monthly Meetings in
Berkeley have participated in some joint activities with Berkeley
Yearly Meeting sends a liaison to Friends Church Southwest Yearly
Meeting’s annual session. The liaison makes
annual report and is a member ex officio of the Wider Fellowship
Among Friends Committee.
friends international (efi): The Association of
Evangelical Friends, which was formed in the 1950s, became known
as the Evangelical Friends Alliance in 1965. It expanded to include
some Yearly Meetings in Africa, Asia, and Latin America in the early
1990’s. Its current membership includes five Yearly Meetings
North America. It publishes The Friends Voice monthly from its
headquarters in Colorado. Pacific Yearly Meeting’s Representative
attends any EFI Yearly Meetings during the year (for example,
Evangelical Friends Church Southwest Yearly) but there are no
regular meetings of EFI per se. The Representative to EFI is an ex
officio member of the Wider Fellowship Among Friends
committee on legislation (fcl): The Friends
Committee on Legislation was founded by California Friends in the
1950s to bring a Quaker witness to the California state political
process. The policies, priorities and programs of FCL are developed
and established by its Northern and Southern Regional Committees
which meet together annually to form the statewide organization.
These Regional Committees are composed of Friends and likeminded
persons, most of whom are appointed by Monthly
Meetings in California.
maintains an office in Sacramento with lobbyists who represent the
organization to the California Legislature. They
prepare a monthly newsletter on pending legislative issues of
concern to Quakers, and distribute action alerts to FCL supporters.
seat on FCL’s executive committee is reserved for a PYM
Representative who is named by and is an ex officio member of
PYM’s Peace and Social Order Committee.
committee on national legislation (fcnl): The
Friends Committee on National Legislation was founded in 1943 to
bring spiritual values to bear on the political process. It advocates
reconciliation among nations and peoples. FCNL works to
eliminate militarism, coercion, and injustice and to promote civil
rights, self-determination of Native Americans, restoration of
confidence in government, and better housing, education and
health care. This work is directed by a committee of more than 200
members of the Religious Society of Friends, who are appointed by
twenty-four Yearly Meetings or other Friends organizations. They
participate in the process of developing policy, establishing
priorities, and approving programs. FCNL’s professional lobbying
team in Washington, D.C. publishes newsletters and background
papers, issues timely and informative calls for action, and maintains
useful resources and files. A periodic Statement of Policy, prepared
and approved by the Committee, guides all expressions of FCNL
Yearly Meeting may appoint as many as six Friends for overlapping
three-year terms to serve on the FCNL General
Committee. These Representatives serve as a liaison between the
Yearly Meeting and FCNL, facilitating mutual sharing of needs,
concerns and information. They make periodic reports to Representative
Committee or the Yearly Meeting. The Yearly Meeting pays
for one member’s attendance at the annual policy setting meeting
the General Committee. The representatives name one member to
serve on the Yearly Meeting Peace and Social Order Committee
representative of the Yearly Meeting who attends the annual meeting
of FCNL is also appointed to attend the annual William
Penn House Board meeting (which immediately precedes that of
general conference (fgc): Friends General
Conference, formed in 1900, is composed of fourteen Yearly
Meetings and six Monthly Meetings. It provides many services to
Friends in unprogrammed Meetings, including a bookstore and
catalog service, materials for religious education programs, and
assistance with the purchase or building of Meetinghouses.
also maintains connections among unprogrammed Meetings in the USA
and Canada. All Friends are invited to its
annual gathering, where a large number of Friends experience
contemporary expressions of life and thought within the Religious
Society of Friends and share concerns and problems.
Pacific Yearly Meeting is not an affiliated member, it does name
an Observer annually to attend Friends General
Conference Central Committee meetings. This representative is a
member ex officio of the Wider Fellowship Among Friends
united meeting (fum): Friends United Meeting is
a fellowship composed of both pastoral and unprogrammed
Meetings. It works to extend Quaker witness throughout the world
and to provide Yearly, Quarterly, and local Meetings with practical
resources, including a bookstore and conference center. It meets
every three years. Pacific Yearly Meeting is not a member. However,
it names an Observer to attend Friends United Meeting Triennial.
This Representative is also an ex officio member of the Wider
Fellowship Among Friends Committee.
world committee for consultation (fwcc): Created
in 1937, The Friends World Committee for Consultation is a worldwide
body of diverse Yearly Meetings which acts in a consultative
capacity to promote better understanding among Quakers. FWCC
is a committee-run organization that enables Friends and their
Yearly Meetings to work cooperatively. The four geographically
defined sections meet annually, and the global organization meets
every three years.
gatherings enable Yearly Meeting Representatives to join in worship
with Quakers worldwide to search for God’s will and
make their corporate witness more effective. FWCC encourages
spiritual and personal connections with adult and young Friends
around the world through conferences and intervisitation. It also
publishes a directory and calendar of Yearly Meetings, and other
Quaker literature. FWCC sponsors programs and is affiliated with
the Quaker United Nations Offices (QUNO) in New York and
Yearly Meeting appoints five Friends to the FWCC, Section of the
Americas, for overlapping three-year terms. All
Representatives are encouraged to attend the annual session of the
Section of the Americas in March, which is open to all Friends.
Pacific Yearly Meeting sends three Representatives to the triennial
worldwide sessions of worship and business.
Representatives name one of their members to serve as convener and
one to serve as an ex officio member of the Wider
Fellowship Among Friends Committee.
friends outreach society (pfos): was formed as
a California nonprofit corporation with the purpose of providing
center for spiritual development in a sustainable environment and
committed to social justice, education and outreach, capable of
hosting yearly meetings and other Quaker and non-Quaker groups.
This action was taken with the approval of Pacific Yearly Meeting in
general de los amigos en mexico (rgam) includes
both unprogrammed and pastoral Friends in Mexico. It meets every
18 months for fellowship, sharing and mutual support. The Yearly
Meeting appoints one Friend to attend who is also an ex officio
member of the Wider Fellowship Among Friends Committee.
young friends (wyf): Young people from Pacific
and North Pacific Yearly Meetings founded WYF in the 1970’s. The
group holds an annual intergenerational New Year’s Gathering,
lasting four or five nights, which alternates between northern
California and southern Oregon. While there is no formal tie to
other Quaker bodies, WYF has many participants who are or have
been members or attenders of Monthly Meetings.
WYF New Year’s Gathering is multi-generational and open
to all ages. All participants share the work of the gathering,
including meal preparation, childcare, and workshop facilitation.
conducts enough business to care for each other during the Gathering,
create an epistle, and ensure the planning of the next