About Us

“Only when we see that we are part of the totality of the planet, not a superior part with special privileges, can we work effectively to bring about an earth restored to wholeness.”
– Elizabeth Watson

Who We Are

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

QEW has grown out of a strong leading among Friends that our future depends on a spiritual transformation in our relationships with each other and the natural world. For over 30 years, we have helped Friends in North America integrate Earthcare into their daily lives.

As our communities are being impacted more and more by the climate crisis, we feel an urgent leading to share our witness.

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What We Do

  • Empower individuals to take Spirit-led action on ecological concerns and build a community of Quaker committed to Earthcare
  • Share spiritual and educational resources with faith communities
  • Connect Friends caring for the Earth
  • Speak out as a public Quaker voice about critical ecological concerns and environmental justice

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.
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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 at-large members and nominated 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 hundreds of Quaker meetings and churches 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, the broader environmental justice movement, and faith-based networks.

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Our Staff

Shelley Tanenbaum

Shelley combines her lifelong love of nature with many years of environmental advocacy and research. She has served as staff and a board member of QEW, Quaker Institute for the Future, Earthlight Magazine and many other non-profit organizations. She is an environmental scientist with a focus on air quality. Shelley lives in the San Francisco area and is a member of Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting.

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Hayley Hathaway

Hayley is passionate about the relationships between ecology, economy, and faith. Her professional and personal endeavors reflect this, as well as her interests in grassroots activism, solidarity economics, radical hospitality, and popular education. Originally from Connecticut, Hayley spent almost six years working in Mexico City at the historic Quaker center for peace and international understanding, Casa de los Amigos, and now worships with Friends in Santa Fe, NM.

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More Information

Upcoming Events

  • July Worship Sharing with Quaker Earthcare Witness and Friends General Conference

    Quaker Earthcare Witness is hosting monthly online worship sharing groups in partnership with Friends General Conference.

    Together we are creating more opportunities for Friends to be in spiritual community with one another.

    Register here.

  • Save the Date: Fall 2021 Steering Committee Meeting

    Join QEW for our Fall 2021 Steering Committee Meeting. We will gather virtually using the video conferencing platform Zoom to conduct business and enjoy fellowship with each other. All Steering Committee members are encouraged to attend and we welcome visitors for any or all of our sessions.

    We are asking for an optional $75 registration fee to cover our administrative costs – but please pay as led.

    Registration will open closer to the date.

Support Our Work

We’re the primary Quaker voice addressing the issues of climate change and the environment. Please consider helping to build a robust, creative, impactful network of Friends taking action to care for each other and the planet—and make a donation today.