The Quaker Story

Friends have been our nation's conscience, reminding us, forcefully and sometimes with great sacrifice, that there is “that of God in everyone.” The Center honors this historical contribution and the living tradition of Friends, an ongoing commitment to the struggle for peace and justice.

Wilmington College honors its Friends history with a bronze statue depicting local Quakers, Isaac and Sarah Harvey, on their way to Washington D.C. to speak with President Abraham Lincoln about the emancipation of enslaved persons in 1862. Read the full story.

Learn more about Friends, their beliefs and works by exploring the links. 

Quaker History

  • The Museum at the Friends Home in Waynesville, Ohio, is housed in the 1905 Friends Board Home.  As the gateway to the Quaker Historical District in Waynesville, Ohio, the Friends Home operates as a cultural center for the village, and for Wayne and Massie Townships of Warren County.  The Quaker Historical District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Friends Service and Activism Organizations

  • The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) fields the largest team of registered peace lobbyists in Washington, DC. Staff and volunteers work with a nationwide network of tens of thousands of people from many different races, religions, and cultures to advocate social and economic justice, peace, and good government.
  • Quaker United Nations Offices in New York and Geneva serve as a Quaker presence at the United Nations, representing Friends concerns at the international level.
  • The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service.

Friends Umbrella Organizations

  • Friends United Meeting is an international association of Friends Meetings and Churches, organized for evangelism, global partnership, leadership development and communications. 
  • Friends General Conference (FGC) was founded in 1900 and has grown from a voluntary organization of seven yearly meetings created to hold a “general conference” every other year into a vibrant association of fourteen yearly meetings and regional groups and ten directly-affiliated monthly meetings that serves Quakers year-round with a vast array of programs and services.
  • Evangelical Friends Church International North America (EFCI-NA) includes local churches within general geographical areas of North America which gather for common business once each year
  • Friends World Committee Consultation’s purpose is to encourage fellowship among all the branches of the Religious Society of Friends.

Quaker Retreat Centers

  • William Penn House is a Quaker lodging and program center conveniently located near the U.S. Capitol Building and historic Eastern Market.
  • Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center is Europe's only Quaker Study Centre and offers short courses on personal spiritual growth, theology, creative arts, and training for Quaker roles. 
  • Pendle Hill is a Quaker retreat, workshop, and conference center.
  •  Quaker Hill is a special place apart from the routines of daily life for groups and individuals to nurture the spiritual life.

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