Links to Quaker Activities
The organizations listed below are ones with which Strawberry Creek has a designated representative or a very strong interest. Strawberry Creek, as a Meeting, makes donations to the organizations listed on the Organizations page.
We started the "Dime-A-Gallon" project in November 2003 as a first step in seeking to align our behavior with our Quaker values. We began by acknowledging that under current U.S. energy policies, we do not pay the full cost for our fossil fuel usage. We would like to make more visible and "real" this discrepancy between what we pay for fossil fuels and the staggering costs to our society. The Dime-A-Gallon project encourages users to impose a "surcharge" on personal use of oil at the rate of a dime per gallon. The money is added to a fund that is used to support projects that further our dream of a world that is more peaceful, more just and organized around caring for rather than destroying the very sources of life itself. For those who are unable to contribute at the dime per gallon rate we would welcome their contributions at a rate appropriate to their circumstances.
Pacific Yearly Meeting & College Park Quarterly Meeting
Pacific Yearly Meeting is a regional organization consisting of Northern (College Park) and Southern California Quarterly Meeting, so called because they hold meetings for the conduct of business once a quarter, and these quarterly meetings consist of individual congregations, called monthly meetings because they hold meetings for the conduct of business once a month. PYM is called a yearly meeting because it holds an annual session where Friends from throughout the Pacific region including Hawaii, Mexico and Guatemala gather to worship and conduct business together.
Here is the PYM Faith and Practice.
AFSC (The American Friends Service Committee)
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.
Ben Lomond Quaker Center
Quaker Center is a retreat & conference center under the care of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The original 50 acres of Quaker Center's land were given in 1949 by Lucille Manley to be "perpetually dedicated and used for the enjoyment, betterment, education and welfare of mankind [sic]." After more than 50 years of deliberate, careful development, Quaker Center now offers a place of retreat and contemplation, of renewal and growth, for individuals, families, Friends meetings and other organizations or groups who unite with the Quaker principles of simplicity, justice, peace and respect for "that of God" in every person. Quaker Center was operated by the American Friends Service Committee from 1949 to 1982. Since then the Ben Lomond Quaker Center Association, an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt religious corporation, has carried forward the Manley bequest. Members of the Board of Directors of the Association are approved by the College Park Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in northern California.
FCL (Friends Committee on Legislation of California)
The Friends Committee on Legislation of California (FCLCA), guided by Quaker values, advocates for California state laws that are just, compassionate and respectful of the inherent worth of every person.
FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation)
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) fields the largest team of registered peace lobbyists in Washington, DC. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL's multi-issue advocacy connects historic Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity, and truth with peace and social justice issues which the United States government is or should be addressing. FCNL is nonpartisan.
Sierra Friends Center
Fifty years ago, a group of Quaker and like-minded families came together with the dream of creating a Quaker/Friends residential high school on the West Coast. Josephine Duvenek, social activist and founder of the Hidden Villa farm and wilderness preserve in Los Altos Hills California, identified the following ideals for the school:
- A spiritual emphasis running through and undergirding all phases of study, work and living.
- The experience of brotherhood in day-to-day relationships with all races, with different economic levels, differently endowed individuals, and the acceptance of the disciplines involved.
- The training for rigorous and sustained intellectual or creative work.
In 1958, the College Park Quarterly Meeting of Friends took the College Park Friends Educational Association (CPFEA) under its care. Five years later, in September 1963, John Woolman School, a four-year residential high school began. The school continued for 38 years and was laid down in 2001. At that time a steering committee met to create a new program that carried on the vision of the original founders into the 21st Century. The campus was renamed Sierra Friends Center and Sierra Friends Camp and the Woolman Semester were born. The Woolman Semester opened its doors in the spring of 2004.
Pacific Yearly Meeting Committee on Unity with Nature
The care and preservation of the environment, which sustains all life (including all future generations of plants, animals and humankind), is a religious concern. Life is threatened by destruction of the carrying capacity of the earth, by destruction of the gene pool, by destruction of the oxygen factories as well as by the possibility of nuclear holocaust. Thus, we are called upon to fulfill God's covenant with all creation. (Genesis 9:8-17.)
Minute In Support Of Friends Ugandan Safe Transport Fund
Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends [Quakers] has noted with deep concern the Ugandan Government's passage of laws targeting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer population. These laws have created a climate where the life, health, and freedom of all LGBTQ Ugandans and their allies are at risk. [Click here to read the full minute]