with Diane Randall
February 23-25, 2018
“To live in that state of tension which enables us to be at the same time critic and friend of the government, to study its workings sufficiently, to be able to help religious insight become political action, remains part of our duty and call. And withal and beyond all, to maintain an abiding faith in the power of good to overcome evil, to live in that way of loving service for which we all most deeply yearn: nothing less than this kind of energetic commitment of our whole lives can satisfy the inner sanctuary of the human spirit.” ~ Clarence Pickett, 1963
At this time of dramatic changes in our nation’s political life and in federal public policy, many people of faith have been searching for meaning in their spiritual communities and for effectiveness in their public and political lives. Friends have a long and rich history of acting on our faith in the world based the inward movement of the Spirit. What does that mean today?
Large and small group discussions as well as time in worship, will benefit those who reflect on the intersection of their faith journeys and public life—particularly for those who want to be politically active but who are frustrated by partisanship. Through role playing, reading, games, worship sharing, we will work on skills and practices to engage with those whose politics are different than our own, including with elected officials.
About the program facilitator:
Diane Randall is the Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Diane leads FCNL’s staff to effectively educate and lobby for the policies and legislative priorities established by FCNL’s General Committee. A lifelong advocate for peace and social justice, Diane is a fierce proponent for citizen engagement that advances policies and practices to create a better society for all. Diane is a convinced Friend, and a member of Hartford Monthly Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting.