Toward the end of 2020, Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) launched “A Friendly Advent,” a free online course offered in partnership with Woodbrooke, the Quaker study center in the UK. It allowed for spiritual inspiration during the season of Advent, and also enabled Friends to connect across the branches, living into the mission of FWCC.
FWCC continued growing its online presence with a monthly webinar series, Quaker Conversations, which explores topics such as social revolution and adaptive community. The recordings of these are available on the website.
In February, Gretchen Castle spoke on behalf of Quakers to faith leaders at the first installment of “Faith and Science: Towards COP26,” an eight-part series organized by the British and Italian Embassies and the Holy See to generate a collaborative faith response for the twenty-sixth United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) to be held in November in Glasgow, Scotland (postponed from November 2020). Toward the same end, FWCC’s Sustainability Program was asked by the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which helps to plan the interfaith presence at the COP meetings, to moderate an interfaith panel, both last November and at the upcoming event.
In early 2021, FWCC received applications for its next general secretary. An announcement sharing the outcome of the search is planned for spring 2021.