"Cradles of Andean Quakerism" is the theme for the 2014 pilgrimage. Friends in Bolivia and Peru will host this first-ever FWCC pilgrimage to yearly meetings in South America, for youth ages 16-18, July 22-August 21, 2014.
Now you can read the reflections, reports and much more in the newly-published, 156-page book of the Sixth World Conference of Friends: Being Salt and Light, Friends Living the Kingdom of God in a Broken World. Friends who attended the April 2012 World Conference will receive their complimentary copy soon, and anyone can purchase a copy.
For me, it had been 23 years since I had set foot in Central America. The last time, I wrote my reports home on a manual typewriter with carbon paper copies. This time, every home we stayed in had a wireless internet connection. Poverty and violence are still present and tangible, in the city and the countryside. I was reminded that our only security is in God's hands, not gates or guns or banks. I was grateful to see, firsthand, how Friends are serving God's purposes everywhere we went.
General Secretary Gretchen Castle has recently begun writing about her experiences with Friends around the world. You can keep in touch with her observations by following her new blog entitled "One Quaker's View of the World.
Membership statistics are ever-changing and each yearly meeting counts their numbers by a different formula, but by our best estimates, the number of Quakers in the world has grown by almost 40,000 members, or about 12% since the last published map in 2007.