Robin Mohr will visit Friends in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and will lead programs on the Living Water theme.
"The Cradle 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.
The Central Executive Committee has accepted the invitation received from the National Evangelical Friends Church of Peru to host the 2016 International Representatives Meeting of Friends. Formerly known as the 'Triennial", this meeting will take place four years after the World Conference of Friends in Kenya.
The meeting of Representatives of the Section of the Americas was held in good order in Morgantown, Indiana from March 12-17, 2013. With the members of the Central Executive Committee, there were Friends from 14 countries and 45 yearly meetings present. Among the important business discussions were those related to the Section's goal to strive for full integration and a visioning exercise to help plan for the Section's work beyond 2015. Friends celebrated FWCC's 75th Anniversary.
Gretchen Castle, General Secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), attended the inauguration of Pope Francis I's Pontificate on 19 March. Gretchen was one of only four women representing the different branches of the worldwide Christian communion.
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.