Tom Vaughn to speak as FCNL Visiting Friend
Jul 26, 2015
from 11:30 AM to 01:30 PM
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All members, attendees and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.
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Sunday, July 26, 2nd Hour: 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm Refreshments will be served
Friendly Discussion: FCNL -- Quakers and friends working for public policy change on Capitol Hill.
Tom Vaughan, long-time DFM member, now with Gila Friends Meeting, will report on what is happening in the FCNL world these days. He is serving as an FCNL Visiting Friend, traveling among monthly meetings in the IMYM area to help Friends stay informed about FCNL work on both domestic and global issues.
Tom sends us the following brief bio, including a review of his FCNL commitment:
After attending a Quaker worship group in Deer Lodge, MT, for several years, I became a convinced Friend at Hopewell Friends Meeting near Winchester, VA, in 1980. In 1985, I transferred my membership to Durango Friends Meeting when I became superintendent of Chaco Culture NHP. Twenty-five years (and several job changes later), my wife, Sandy Feutz, and I moved to balmy Silver City, NM, and transferred my membership to Gila Friends Meeting.
I have been a New Mexico Regional Representative to the General Committee of Friends Committee on National Legislation since 2009 (?). I have attended the annual meetings in Washington, D.C., and lobbied first the Colorado delegation and then the New Mexico delegation on issues of importance to Friends. I have also led meeting discussions as part of FCNL's priority- and priority-setting process, represented FCNL at NMRM and IMYM gatherings and been a leader of FCNL letter-writing during yearly meeting. All of this affirmed the importance of the local support constituents can give to the FCNL efforts on Capitol Hill!
When I was approached about being an FCNL Visiting Friend last year, it sounded like a good opportunity to spread the word about FCNL and how it can help us in carrying out our testimonies.
The FCNL Commitment:
FCNL gets to the root of problems by changing the systems and policies that drive them.
We believe that Congress has immense power to effect positive change. It's our job to make sure they use it. The world we seek is a prophetic vision of hope and renewal for our democracy. Our work is concrete and pragmatic, moving Congress to action in that direction.