An important part of Quaker community includes education, outreach, activism and working with Quaker and other organizations. Below is a growing list of organizations that Virginia Beach Friends Meeting works with and supports.

https://afsc.org/

Since 1917, The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has been on the forefront of some the most important social movements in working for a more just, peaceful world.

AFSC was founded in 1917 to provide U. S. conscientious objectors with opportunities to aid civilian victims of World War I. AFSC instituted a major child-feeding program in Germany in 1919. The AFSC and its British counterpart, the Friends Service Council, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 on behalf of all Quakers, for their work in post-war Europe.

Today, AFSC works to end poverty in the U.S., to resist militarism worldwide and promote peace, human rights, and reconciliation.

Currently, AFSC runs over 200 separate programs in more than 20 nations.

Although Quaker in origin and administration, most of AFSC’s funding comes from outside the Religious Society of Friends.

https://www.fcnl.org/

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) was founded in 1943.

FCNL is the oldest religious lobby in Washington, D.C.

FCNL seeks to influence Congress and the President on matters of concerns to Friends, and while it recognizes that it can not speak for all Friends, it does an excellent job of speaking truth to power, especially regarding protecting human rights and opposing militarism.

FCNL began lobbying against conscription and for aid to war-torn Europe in the midst of World War II, yet from the beginning Friends had a bigger vision – to plant the seeds of changes for a more peaceful and just world that might take decades to grow.

Today, FCNL’s work includes many of the issues of concern to Friends, from military spending and racial equality to a more peaceful foreign policy and a healthy environment.

Throughout its history, FCNL has evolved and risen to meet the challenges confronting our country.

https://friendsfiduciary.org

Friends Fiduciary was founded by Quakers to serve Quaker organizations and Friends meetings and churches.  Friends Fiduciary works to embody Quaker values in our investments and our operations.  Friends Fiduciary is guided by long standing and broadly held Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship.

Historically and today, Quakers believe investments should be made in businesses that serve a beneficial purpose to society.  The judgment of what is beneficial to society changes over time in both degree of certainty and importance.  Friends Fiduciary is guided in meeting this challenge by our Board of Directors, our staff, our existing constituent investors and the broader Quaker community.

Quaker testimonies and values guide the Friends Fiduciary investment process in the following way:

  1. We are long term investors, seeking long term growth and real value in our investments.
  2. We avoid highly leveraged and derivative driven investments.
  3. We actively evaluate (with both positive and negative screens) companies that meet our values driven socially responsible investment criteria.
  4. We deliberately vote shareholder proxies in a manner that communicates our Quaker values on financial and social issues to corporate management.
  5. We directly engage in dialogue with companies we own; and when needed file shareholder resolutions to encourage reform.

Friends Fiduciary is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work as expressed in our Diversity Statement.

Friends Fiduciary incorporates Quaker values of equality, integrity, forthrightness and honesty in our interactions with constituent investors, employees, vendors and company management of the companies we own.

https://fwccamericas.org/

Formed in 1937, FWCC includes all types of yearly meetings, FGC, FUM, etc. Its goals are to foster understanding among the various groups of Friends around the world. FWCC is divided into three sections: Europe and East Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Representatives gather for meetings of these sections once every three years. FWCC is a recognized non-governmental organization at the U. N.

Over the decades, groups of Friends and Yearly Meetings from many countries have joined and transformed what was an organizing committee into what is now the Comité de los Amigos Latinoamericanos (Committee of Latin American Friends, or COAL).

Today, Friends from yearly meetings and groups in 56 nations continue this work. Around the world there are four cooperating, autonomous FWCC Sections serving Africa, the Americas, Asia & the West Pacific, and Europe & the Middle East. FWCC’s World Office is in London.

Answering God’s call to universal love, FWCC brings Friends of varying traditions and cultural experiences together in worship, communications and consultation, to express our common heritage and our Quaker message to the world.

FWCC envisions a thriving and integrated network of Friends from the Arctic to the Andes, woven together in transformative faith, learning to love, listen, and witness.

https://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/

This organization’s work begin in 2002 and was focused on the Lynnhaven River watershed area of Virginia Beach.  The initial goal was to improve water quality to meet the rigorous standard for shellfish harvest by 2007.  That goal was reached!

In 2002, only 1% of the river met that standard and watermen were unable to harvest oysters in the Lynnhaven.  By 2007, 29% of the river was open and commercial oyster farming had returned.  This was phenomenal progress and taught two important things.  One, nothing is accomplished without the participation of city leaders and  citizens.  Partnerships are what make things happen.  And secondly, what is good for the Lynnhaven watershed, is good for all the watersheds in Virginia Beach.

The Lynnhaven River Now (LRNow) Pearl School program began in 2007. The program was made available in all of the watersheds in Virginia Beach.

Today, LRNow works throughout the city, not only on education and outreach, but also restoration and advocacy efforts. LRNow works actively with many partners to help citizens learn how to contribute to conserving our valuable natural resources.

LRNow has six key programs that help to reach the goal of healthy and clean waterways in Virginia Beach: Pearl Homes and Neighborhoods, Pearl Schools, Pearl Faith Communities, Restoration Programs and Advocacy.

https://pendlehill.org/

Pendle Hill is a Quaker center welcoming all for Spirit-led learning, retreat, and community.

Pendle Hill’ vision is to create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives.

Click Here to learn more about the current offerings by Pendle Hill.

https://quakerearthcare.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) is a network of Friends (Quakers) in North America working on Earthcare concerns.

QEW works to inspire Spirit-led action toward ecological sustainability and environmental justice.

QEW has grown out of a strong leading among Friends that our future depends on a spiritual transformation in our relationships with each other and the natural world.

For over 30 years, QEW has helped Friends integrate Earthcare into their daily lives.

As our communities are being impacted more and more by the climate crisis, QEW feels an urgent leading to share our witness.

https://quakerhouse.org/

Mission

Quaker House is a manifestation of the Friends’ Peace Testimony. Based in Fayetteville, NC, home of Fort Liberty, Quaker House provides counseling and support to service members who are questioning their role in the military; educates them, their families, and the public about military issues; and advocates for a more peaceful world.

How Quaker House Implements the Mission

GI Rights Hotline

The GI Rights Hotline takes calls from active-duty, reservist, and National Guard service members anywhere they are stationed in the world. Quaker House provides two counselors to the Hotline, answering over a third of all calls that come into the Network.

Examples of reasons service members call into the hotline:

  • Issues with harassment or discrimination
  • Reservist unsatisfactory participation
  • Reservist mobilization
  • Currently AWOL or UA
  • Issues of conscience with killing/war (conscientious objection discharges)
  • Entry-level separation (failure to adjust)
  • Delayed-entry program (DEP) concerns
  • Problems with medical or disability discharges
  • Article 138 complaints

Individual Counseling

Quaker House provides no-cost, confidential, individual counseling with a licensed clinical social worker at our peaceful location. We offer counseling for issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and moral injury.

This counseling program serves anyone who has been part of a military life, including active duty service members, veterans, reservists, members of the National Guard, families and partners, and former spouses and partners. We also see clients regardless of type of discharge.

We are able to employ our therapist to provide free counseling to our clients only because of the financial support of donors. This is a critical program for those dealing with the invisible wounds of war and combat readiness.

Peace, Conscience, and Moral Injury

Peace
Quaker House is involved in advocating for peace, accountability for and prohibition of torture, and incorporation of nonviolent methods of interaction. You will find our past activities on our News and Blog pages. Following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, will keep you up to date on upcoming efforts.

Call of Conscience
Quaker House is active in teaching young adults about understanding conscientious objection as well as the organizations and meetings that support them. We have published a Resource Guide for working with young adults on discerning whether they are led in this direction and, if so, how to create a file of documentation. The Resource Guide is available for purchase from Quaker House as well as on Amazon. Our PowerPoint presentation on conscientious objection is freely available.

Moral Injury
Quaker House does presentations on moral injury, how it is distinguished from PTSD, and advocates for better understanding of this isolating and devastating injury to the soul. Psychologist Cecelia Yocum has also published a book through us on helping individuals with moral injury, which is available through Quaker House and on Amazon.

https://www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org/

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) is a non-partisan coalition of 25,000 members, which includes 750 houses of worship, 1,000 clergy of all faiths, and people of goodwill, ten chapters (and growing!), many partner and affiliate organizations, most of the judicatory leaders in the state, and activists in every House and Senate district in Virginia, all working for a more just society.

Founded in 1982, VICPP is the largest statewide advocacy voice for the faith community in Virginia. The organization focuses primarily on issues of racial, social, and economic justice. With more than 25,000 activists connected with the organization, VICPP’s grassroots work is organized through local chapters and affiliates, partner congregations, and individuals across the Commonwealth.

We work with Virginians of all faiths including people who identify as Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Bahai, humanist, “spiritual, not religious,” “religious none,” and people of goodwill. We are a racially, ethnically, and demographically diverse group that includes immigrants from around the world. Our board and staff reflect this diversity. We are committed to making the Commonwealth a more welcoming and just state for ALL.

VICPP is an advocacy organization, not a social service one. Although we support and appreciate the great work and ministries provided by social service agencies across the Commonwealth, we complement that work by addressing policy issues. One bill can magnify or negate thousands of hours and millions of dollars’ worth of social service work.

Historically, VICPP has been a leader on poverty issues, working on expanding school breakfast programs, reducing predatory lending, and advocating Medicaid expansion. Today we focus on racial justice, immigrant rights and economic justice issues like requiring employers to offer paid sick days.

To be effective, VICPP must be strategic about the issues on which it focuses. VICPP is “the lead” on some legislation, which means we help draft the legislation, recruit sponsors and build statewide support on the issue. On other issues, we support the work of partner organizations. In large coalition efforts, like Medicaid expansion, our role is primarily to engage the faith community in all aspects of the initiative.

https://virginia-organizing.org/

Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives. Virginia Organizing especially encourages the participation of those who have traditionally had little or no voice in our society. By building relationships with individuals and groups throughout the state, Virginia Organizing strives to get them to work together, democratically and non-violently, for change.

Virginia Organizing Statement of Beliefs

  • We believe that all people should be treated fairly and with dignity in all aspects of life, regardless of race, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, ability, immigration status, or country of origin.
  • We believe that every person in the Commonwealth is entitled to a living wage and benefit package that is sufficient to provide the basic necessities of life, including adequate housing, a nutritious diet, proper child care, sound mental and physical health care, and a secure retirement.
  • We believe that every person is entitled to an equal educational opportunity.
  • We believe that community, economic, social, and environmental policy should be developed with the greatest input from the people it is meant to serve, and that the policies should promote, celebrate and sustain the human and natural resources of Virginia.
  • We believe in the elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty, in a progressive tax system based on the ability to pay, and in making the nation’s financial systems, including the Federal Reserve Bank, more responsive to the average citizen’s needs.
  • We believe that we should enhance and celebrate diversity in our community and in our state.
  • We believe that those who have positions of authority in our governmental bodies, law enforcement agencies, and institutions of learning should reflect the diversity of our communities.
  • We believe that our public officials should be held accountable for their actions and decisions.
  • We believe in the rights of workers, consumers, shareholders, and taxpayers to democratic self-organization.
  • We believe in the elimination of the death penalty in all cases because it is fundamentally inhumane, ineffective as a deterrent to crime, and disproportionately and unjustly applied against people of color and those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged.
  • We believe that physical and mental health are parts of personal and community well-being; we believe that Virginians have a broad public health and economic interest in ensuring that adequate care is available to low and moderate-income residents.