It can be confusing to listen to announcements at a Quaker meeting! We may seem
to be speaking in code with the many acronyms for committees and Quaker
agencies. Here is an attempt at demystification
- SCQM Southern California
We are part of a three-times-a-year gathering of Friends Meetings like
ours in Southern California.
- PYM Pacific
We are part of a once a year gathering of Quakers in California
and Hawaii that is our organizational home. Its annual meeting is a
weeklong opportunity for worship, discussion and spiritual growth in
a worship setting, committee meetings on issues of concern to
Quakers, and education for youth and adults. Pacific Yearly Meeting
writes and published “Faith and Practice” – the document that guides
our workshop and organization. PYM is not formally affiliated with
any national Quaker conference.
- FGC Friends General
A national meeting of many unprogrammed Quakers around the country, holds
an annual gathering of friends at a different place each year, with many
activities for all ages. FCH also publishes and sells many Quaker books and
curriculum materials, and has a collection of resources for Quakers
everywhere. Although Pacific Yearly Meeting is not formally affiliated with
FGC, many individuals attend its gatherings.
- FWCC Friends World
Committee on Consultation
An umbrella organization of Quakers of all branches around the world. It
is a resource for information about Quakers everywhere, and holds a
triennial conference of Quakers from around the world.
- AFSC American Friends Service
Organized in 1917 just after the beginning of World War I to provide
opportunities for conscientious objectors, it now sponsors service
activities for peace and social justice around the world. The national
offices are in Philadelphia; it has a regional office in Los Angeles
- FCL Friends Committee on
The Quaker lobby in Sacramento, lobbies on behalf of legislation related
to Quaker concerns for peace and social justice.
- FCNL Friends
Committee on National Legislation
A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest in Washington D.C., it is
the largest peace lobby in the country and the oldest ecumenical lobbying