Friends Couple Enrichment

Friends Couple Enrichment (FCE) is a ministry to couples who desire deeper intimacy and become beacons of love and intention in the world. Online and in-person workshops and retreats introduce the spiritual practice of “Couple Dialogue,” an experience grounded in the Quaker testimonies of equality, community, integrity, and peace-making. FCE events have supported hundreds of couples over 50-plus years and are open to any committed couple, regardless of marital status, gender identity, or religious affiliation.

Last fall, FCE held its first online growth group in Spanish: Nos-Otros (Us and Others). Started by FCE leaders José M. Gonzalez and Maria Gomez, the monthly gathering draws couples from Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Colombia.

In October 2023, FCE offered an online workshop in which nine couples participated. During the fall, ten couples attended in-person workshops in Durham, N.C. In January, South Seattle (Wash.) Meeting hosted an in-person workshop for seven couples.

FCE continues to offer monthly online drop-in dialogues as well as short, online sessions—known as “Tasters”—four times per year.

In March, FCE leader couples gathered in Pennsylvania for their annual session. The educational focus of this event was discernment of how leader couples view their work in FCE as a ministry.

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