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Quaker leader delves into key issues faith community addresses nationally

Diane Randall, the new executive secretary of the 70-year-old Quaker lobby, Friends Committee on National Legislation, on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C., will speak and lead a workshop on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, at Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway.

Representatives of the Spokane Friends Meeting and several other Spokane organizations who share a concern for peace with justice came together to plan the event.

On Saturday morning, she will lead a “Congressional Advocacy Forum,” a public event, in Salem Lutheran’s gymnasium.  Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast beginning at 8 a.m., and her keynote address at 8:30 a.m., followed by a response session. 

The participants will then break into four discussion groups. 

The leadership for each one will come from four different approaches to peacemaking in the community: the Faith Action Network, building on its Advocating Congregations; the Peace and Justice Action League, building on their program perspective “Bring Our Billions Home”; The Oak Tree –“Building the New Economy,” and the Friends Committee on National Legislation and its Legislative Priorities.

In a plenary session, Diane will offer comments and participants will have the opportunity to connect with the organizations involved and network informally.

At 7 p.m., Friday, Diane will meet at a “Leadership Reception and Conversation” in Salem Lutheran Church’s fireside room with leaders of the organizations that planned the event, and with bishops and executive leaders of regional church offices in Spokane. 

The Peace with Justice Committee of Spokane Friends Meeting is co-hosting this event with the Faith Action Network.

The organizers of the overall event include Spokane Friends, the Faith Action Network of Washington, the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, The Fig Tree, Pax Christi, the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Spokane, the Spokane Coalition of Progressive Pastors and the Oak Tree. 

For information, call 435-8053 or 535-4112.