We work to:

Empower individuals to take Spirit-led action on environmental issues

Connect Quakers committed to earthcare

Share spiritual and educational resources with faith communities

About Us

Who We Are

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) is the largest network of Friends working on earthcare today. We work to inspire spirit-led action toward ecological sustainability and environmental justice.

Over the last three decades our network has been dedicated to a spiritual transformation within the Society of Friends with regard to our connection with the natural world.

Our Vision & Witness

WE ARE CALLED to live in right relationship with all Creation, recognizing that the entire world is interconnected and is a manifestation of God.

WE WORK to integrate into the beliefs and practices of the Religious Society of Friends the Truth that God’s Creation is to be respected, protected, and held in reverence in its own right, and the Truth that human aspirations for peace and justice depend upon restoring the earth’s ecological integrity.

WE PROMOTE these Truths by being patterns and examples, by communicating our message, and by providing spiritual and material support to those engaged in the compelling task of transforming our relationship to the earth.

Some Friends may choose different language to describe their personal reasons for supporting or sharing in the work of Quaker Earthcare Witness. All are welcome who seek to further QEW’s programs and activities.

What We Do

  • Empower individuals to take Spirit-led action on environmental issues

  • Connect Quakers committed to earthcare

  • Share spiritual and educational resources with faith communities

  • Speak out as a public Quaker voice about critical ecological concerns and environmental justice

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How We Work

We are a volunteer-led organization guided by a 50-person Steering Committee that uses Quaker process and decision-making to guide our work. Our Steering Committee is comprised of ad-hoc members and representatives from Quaker Yearly Meetings (regional groups) in North America. The day-to-day work is done by staff.

Our broader network includes thousands of Friends and like-minded people who read our newsletter, attend our events, share our educational resources with their communities, and connect together on social media. We also collaborate with Quaker partner organizations and the broader environmental justice community.

This is a group of people who are in motion around issues that are of deep concern to me. Being involved is an opportunity to be part of a larger network and build relationships across the country. -Pamela Haines

“I have always had a concern for the environment. When I discovered Friends I was excited to see that there was a group that allowed me to focus on environmental issues through the lens of my faith.” -Jeff Gabbard

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Our Staff

Shelley Tanenbaum

General Secretary

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Hayley Hathaway

Communications Coordinator

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Support our Work

We’re the primary Quaker voice addressing the issues of climate change and the environment. If you appreciate the Quaker approach to integrity, community, and simplicity, consider how those values affect our relationship with Earth and all beings.