William Penn House (2000)

Contact Information

515 East Capitol Street, Washington DC 20005
(202) 543-5560

William Penn House is a Quaker seminar and hospitality center on Capitol Hill. It has a unique role in the Quaker outreach in our nation's capital. The small professional staff has developed a wide acquaintance with people in government and helps to educate Quakers in how they can relate to and influence our government. In addition to its seminar and educational functions, it also serves as a hospitality center for Friends and others interested in visiting Washington.

The William Penn House property is owned by the Friends Meeting of Washington, and its operations are under the direction of a board made up of Washington area Friends. Guidance on policy is provided by the National Consultative Committee, composed of representatives of the endorsing yearly meetings, of which New York is one, and related organizations. .

Functions of Representatives

The representative attends the annual meeting. The representative is responsible for bringing the work of William Penn House before the Yearly Meeting, including the writing of an annual report, and maintaining contact with the Witness Coordinating Committee.

Organization & Method of Appointment

New York Yearly Meeting regularly appoints one member to the National Consultative Committee for a term of one year, on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee.

Meeting Times & Places

William Penn House holds its annual meeting in Washington in the fall.


A contribution to William Penn House is arranged by the WCC, either from the Sharing Fund endowment interest or the Operating Budget. Funds for the representative's travel are provided for out of the WCC operating budget.