Activities and Events
Berkeley Friends Meeting has a long history of social justice activities, including organizing and maintaining draft counseling services for many years out of our Meetinghouse. These activities follow Quaker testimonies of peace, equality, and harmony with nature.
Social and Environmental Action Committee meets on the first week of the month, on First Day (Sunday) at 1 pm in the Meeting Library to discuss and plan social justice activities for the Meeting.
Among other activities, Berkeley Friends Meeting is:
- Preparing dinner for Yeah Youth Shelter every month
- Providing an immigrant accompaniment team under the auspices of Nueva Esperanza to help newly arrived immigrant families. This is the first stage of being a sanctuary congregation.
- Hosts the Berkeley FCNL Advocacy Team, currently (2018) working against the possibility of going to war with North Korea.
- Has signed onto the Quaker Statement on Climate Change and is working on a greenhouse gas survey for Meeting members and attenders.
- Members and attenders have recently written letters about the North County Detention Center, against revoking the TPS (Temporary Protected Status) of Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants.
- Financially supports a variety of local organizations (see below).
Regular activities each week include:
- Circle of Concern vigil to protest the involvement of the University of California in the development of nuclear weapons, every First Day (Sunday) at 1- 2 pm at the west entrance to UC Berkeley and 12- 1 pm on Thursdays.
- Letter writing on important issues of the day
Quaker-related organizations and activities. Meeting members and attenders participate in a wide variety of Quaker organizations that are involved in social justice activities. These include:
- American Friends Service Committee (West Region Office, located in San Francisco)
- Friends Committee on Legislation- California
- Friends Committee on National Legislation
- Quaker United Nations Office
Individual concerns. In addition, individual members and attenders have their own, wide range of activities in which they participate and in which others also participate. These include anything from climate change, food security, wildlife preservation, gun control, peace and many more.
Local Organizations Supported by Berkeley Friends Meeting
Berkeley Friends Meeting financially supports a variety of local organizations, in addition to many Quaker organizations. We are providing a list of those local organizations we support in the hope that you may also feel moved to support them, also.
- Dorothy Day House
- East Bay Children's Book Project
- East Bay Interfaith Immigrant Coalition (through Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity)
- East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
- Easy Does It Services
- El Salvador Project (Palo Alto Friends Meeting)