National Level Quaker Organizations




Friends General Conference (FGC)

With divine guidance, staff and volunteers of Friends General Conference (FGC) provide services and resources for individual Quakers, Quaker meetings and people interested in the Quaker faith and practice. The work of FGC can be summarized into three areas of endeavor:
  • To hold conferences and consultations
  • To provide Religious Education materials and opportunities
  • To host programs and initiatives for and on behalf of our members
FGC Quaker Books - A book store serving individual friends, Quaker meetings and organizations, those seeking a new spiritual path, and those who just love to read.


The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

As a Quaker organization, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is dedicated to pursuing policies that uphold and sustain the inherent worth, contributions, and dignity of each person including refugees.

FCNL’s multi-faceted approach draws on the expertise of registered lobbyists in Washington, DC, the commitment and passion of people around the country in our advocacy network, and the relationships we cultivate with elected officials and community leaders. Because our lawmakers are making decisions about people’s lives, we must be ready to work with them, regardless of party or agreement, on all issues. 

Our elected officials need constituents and advocates who will encourage, teach, appreciate, and hold them accountable to work for the common good. This practice of respectful lobbying that stays open to the possibilities of “yes” is the way we turn love and faith into action.



Pendle Hill Quaker Center for Study and Contemplation

Pendle Hill is a Quaker, Philadelphia-area retreat and conference center that seeks to transform lives and foster peace with justice in the world. Originally conceived as a Quaker “school for prophets,” Pendle Hill today offers education programs that support members of the Religious Society of Friends and other spiritual seekers to:
  • Experience divine love, presence, and guidance in their lives;
  • Understand, serve, and challenge their faith communities; and
  • Work with their neighbors to foster peace, social justice, and sustainability in the wider world.
We do this with an educational approach that encourages student engagement, dialog, community, compassion, curiosity, creativity, humor, joy, insight, growth, responsibility, and faithfulness.


Quaker EarthCare Witness

Quaker EarthCare Witness is a network of North American Friends (Quakers) and other like-minded people who are taking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies. We are called to live in right relationship with all Creation, recognizing that the entire world is interconnected and is a manifestation of God.
While QEW supports reforms in laws, technology, education, and institutions, its primary calling is to facilitate transformation of humans' attitudes, values, identity, and worldview that underlie much of the environmental destruction going on in the world today. We work to integrate into the beliefs and practices of the Religious Society of Friends the Truth that God's Creation is to be respected, protected, and held in reverence in its own right.


Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS)

Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) is an 11-month experience, living at the intersection of transformational spirituality and activism.

Young adults work full-time in professional positions at community based organizations, addressing a wide range of issues, while living in a cooperative house and worshiping with, and being mentored by, local Quakers.

Fellows receive housing, transportation, food, support for health and wellness (including access to health insurance if needed), and a small stipend, while engaging in regular self-led workshops and retreats that allow for continuing education in social justice, faith, and community building topics.


Quaker School of the Spirit

The Quaker School of the Spirit ministry serves all those who wish to be more faithful listeners and responders to the work of the Inward Teacher. The ministry is grounded in prayer and offers programs to deepen the Quaker contemplative tradition of the living silence.

Before the coronavirus and COVID-19, the School of the Spirit Ministry offered weekend retreats, held at various retreat centers. Until we can safely return to those centers, we are holding day-long e-retreats. More than ever, in these days of sequestering, we need times for our Spirit -– times of “retirement” as early Friends used to say. We need time for com­munion with God and the refreshment of the soul, even in our own homes. 

Friends Council on Education provides leadership in drawing Friends schools together in unity of spirit and cooperative endeavors. Friends Council's work nurtures the Quaker life of schools, strengthens the network of support across schools, promotes Friends education through consultations, programs, and publications, and assists in the establishment of new Friends schools. Friends Council helps Friends schools maintain their Quaker identity and ethos, and their relationship with the Religious Society of Friends. Friends Council promotes professional growth for trustees, heads, administrators, and faculty to further the goals of Quaker education, and serves as a voice for Friends schools in the national dialogue on education. Friends Council administers the National Friends Education Fund which provides tuition aid to support Quaker children in Friends schools across the United States.