Quaker Organizations We Are Affiliated With
The organizations listed below are ones with which Strawberry Creek has a designated representative or a very strong interest. Strawberry Creek, as a Meeting, makes donations to the organizations listed on the Organizations page.
Pacific Yearly Meeting & College Park Quarterly Meeting
Pacific Yearly Meeting is a regional organization consisting of Northern (College Park) and Southern California Quarterly Meeting, so called because they hold meetings for the conduct of business once a quarter, and these quarterly meetings consist of individual congregations, called monthly meetings because they hold meetings for the conduct of business once a month. PYM is called a yearly meeting because it holds an annual session where Friends from throughout the Pacific region including Hawaii, Mexico and Guatemala gather to worship and conduct business together.
Here is the PYM Faith and Practice.
AFSC (The American Friends Service Committee)
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.
Ben Lomond Quaker Center
Quaker Center is a retreat & conference center under the care of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The original 50 acres of Quaker Center's land were given in 1949 by Lucille Manley to be "perpetually dedicated and used for the enjoyment, betterment, education and welfare of mankind [sic]." After more than 50 years of deliberate, careful development, Quaker Center now offers a place of retreat and contemplation, of renewal and growth, for individuals, families, Friends meetings and other organizations or groups who unite with the Quaker principles of simplicity, justice, peace and respect for "that of God" in every person. Quaker Center was operated by the American Friends Service Committee from 1949 to 1982. Since then the Ben Lomond Quaker Center Association, an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt religious corporation, has carried forward the Manley bequest. Members of the Board of Directors of the Association are approved by the College Park Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in northern California.
FCL (Friends Committee on Legislation of California)
The Friends Committee on Legislation of California (FCLCA), guided by Quaker values, advocates for California state laws that are just, compassionate and respectful of the inherent worth of every person.
FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation)
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) fields the largest team of registered peace lobbyists in Washington, DC. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL's multi-issue advocacy connects historic Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity, and truth with peace and social justice issues which the United States government is or should be addressing. FCNL is nonpartisan.
Sierra Friends Center
In the 1950's, a group of Quaker and like-minded families came together with the dream of creating a Quaker/Friends residential high school on the West Coast. Josephine Duvenek, social activist and founder of the Hidden Villa farm and wilderness preserve in Los Altos Hills California, identified the following ideals for the school:
- A spiritual emphasis running through and undergirding all phases of study, work and living.
- The experience of brotherhood in day-to-day relationships with all races, with different economic levels, differently endowed individuals, and the acceptance of the disciplines involved.
- The training for rigorous and sustained intellectual or creative work.
Woolman Semester School
In 1958, the College Park Quarterly Meeting of Friends took the College Park Friends Educational Association (CPFEA) under its care. Five years later, in September 1963, John Woolman School, a four-year residential high school began. The school continued for 38 years and was laid down in 2001. The Woolman Semester School and Camp Woolman became the CPFEA's primary programs until the Woolman Semester School was laid down in 2016. Woolman now operates as a camp and an outdoor school, with a program launching in 2020 to support youth activists.
Pacific Yearly Meeting Committee on Unity with Nature
The care and preservation of the environment, which sustains all life (including all future generations of plants, animals and humankind), is a religious concern. Life is threatened by destruction of the carrying capacity of the earth, by destruction of the gene pool, by destruction of the oxygen factories as well as by the possibility of nuclear holocaust. Thus, we are called upon to fulfill God's covenant with all creation. (Genesis 9:8-17.)
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.