Friends General Conference

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We are part of the worldwide Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), which began in England in the mid-1600s in opposition to the established state Church of England as George Fox and others became convinced that it was possible to have a direct experience of the divine without the need for ordained clergy. Today there are a variety of strands; you can learn more about where Davis Friends Meeting fits in on our "What do we believe" page on this site.

The Davis Friends Meeting is affiliated with regional associations:
College Park Quarterly Meeting (CPQM), Northern California plus Reno, Nevada
Pacific Yearly Meeting (PacYM), comprising parts of California, Hawai'i, Nevada in the U.S. and Mexico City.
Friends General Conference (FGC) in Philadelphia.

The Davis Friends Meeting provides financial and other support to Quaker organizations that are dedicated to peace and social justice:

- The Friends Committee on Legislation of California (FCLCA) advocates for California state laws that are just, compassionate and respectful of the inherent worth of every person.
- The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is the largest peace lobby in Washington, D.C.
- The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), founded by Quakers in 1917, carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world.

We also support:

- Ben Lomond Quaker Center (a retreat center near Santa Cruz, CA that offers workshops; DFM has an annual pass to support our members and attenders to participate in programs and youth camps; to request use of the pass or other scholasrhip, contact DFM's Finance Committee)
- Friends House Moscow
- Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO)
- Friends World Committee on Consulation (FWCC)
- and numerous local Davis/Yolo County social servicies, peace, justice, and environmental/climate justice organizations.