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.