Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 - Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia

Gretchen Castle, General Secretary of the Friends World Quaker Office (http://fwcc.world/), was appointed the chairperson for the Christian World Communions Conference. Quakers, a worldwide religious organisation, has more than 500,000 members worldwide, with nearly 2000 of those located in Australia. The Friends World Office, based in London, along with four worldwide Quaker Sections are celebrating Castle’s appointment. Australian Quakers are part of the Asia-Pacific Section.
The Christian World Communions is made up of general secretaries from Christian communions who have a world presence. They meet annually as the Conference of General Secretaries for fellowship and support as religious leaders, learning about shared common missions and concerns, and promoting Christian unity as a constructive influence in the world.  It is comprised of those communions who have a global presence and a world office.  


“In a time when we are challenged to come together across the globe, we are reminded that spaces where Christians can come together are more important than ever. My role as the FWCC General Secretary, has carried the message of encouraging fellowship among all the branches of the Religious Society of Friends. It now extends that message of connection and support for one another, among Christians around the world,” says Castle.

The Conference of General Secretaries typically includes numerous religious organisations, among them the Anglican CommunionBaptist World Alliance, General Conference of Seventh-day AdventistsLutheran World FederationMennonite World Conference, The Moravian Church,  Moscow PatriarchatePentecostalsReformed Ecumenical CouncilThe Salvation ArmyWorld Communion of Reformed ChurchesWorld Convention of Churches of ChristWorld Methodist Council, the World Council of Churches, the Global Christian Forum, and the World Evangelical Alliance.


Quakers (or Friends as they are commonly known) originated in England in the 1650s and became established in Australia in 1832. They have long been recognised for their work in peace-building. Quakers received the Nobel Prize in 1947 for their war-relief efforts without discrimination, to worn-torn Germany, Europe and Asia.  The current national Presiding Clerk for Australian Quakers is Ann Zubrick from Western Australia. (Photo: Gretchen Castle, General Secetary of FWCC World Office and previous chairperson, Martin Junge.)


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Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia

Jacqueline Schultze
AYM Secretary
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia
Australia Yearly Meeting Office
119 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 0423 308 550
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.quakersaustralia.info


Jacqueline Schultze
M: 0423 308 550
W: www.quakersaustralia.info


Gretchen Castle first woman chairperson, making Quakers again leaders in supporting equality of women in leadership



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