Wider Quaker Fellowship
Today the WQF is a program of the Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas. The WQF sends reprints of Quaker pamphlets and articles twice a year to some 1,600 people, down from a peak of maybe 10,000 in the 1940’s.
Earlier, there were discussion groups that met to read the WQF publications. There are letters reflecting how important WQF was to many people, including documentation of marriages emerging from these groups.
However, the program doesn’t raise enough funds to cover the expenses that it incurs, so some serious changes are being implemented. The committee, which I am now on, is looking at how to proceed. I have a bunch of questions. Starting with, "What is the problem we are trying to solve?"
Who is the audience we are trying to reach? Is it the people who would like to receive free pamphlets or the people who are trying to find the Quakers?
How do we reach all the hungry seekers out there?
Some who would like to be Quakers if they knew about us?
Some of whom want to stay Catholics, etc., but be in touch with Friends?
How do we engage younger Friends in the selection and production of publications and discussion queries?
How do we engage Latin American Friends in the selection and production of publications and discussion queries?
What would be a better name? In Spanish, it’s called The Friends of The Friends. Which is accurate, but that’s probably too obscure for use by non-Quakers. I’m currently thinking something completely different, with a subtitle, “A Network of Friends and Friends of Friends.
Today, I think that much of the function of connecting people through contemporary Quaker writings is being carried out by QuakerQuaker.org. I think that WQF is in fact a print-based (by necessity: slow, limited, expensive) antecedent of QuakerQuaker. In what ways could these two entities support each other?
If you have suggestions, or more questions, let me know.
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