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Strategic nonviolent movements are one of the most potent forces in the world. They oust dictators, change policy and realize the hopes of communities. For over 100 years FOR has strengthened the movements that reshape society through our work in Black Lives Matter, training in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience, training in Jail Support and Fiscal Sponsorship.
Relationships established through strong communities are the glue of our work. We ground ourselves in relationships of accountability and a spirituality that spans faith traditions. We help build communities that reflect our vision of Beloved Community through our Chapters, Networks & Affiliates, Interreligious Engagement & Understanding, Intentional Communities and Retreats for Movement Leaders & Activists.
We see nonviolence as a way of life, a moral commitment, and a social tool. As a branch of IFOR's international network we work with partners around the world to end militarism in all of its forms, working through the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, United Nations Advocacy, Demilitarizing Communities, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Anti-drone Initiatives and #GiveRefugeesRest.
The 2016 presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have added to the anger, fear and misunderstanding already present in our communities. We refer specifically to the inflammatory and blaming language used by Donald Trump regarding Muslims, Mexican immigrants and women and by Hillary Clinton regarding the Russian government and “deplorable” Trump supporters.
The election results require us to be far more serious about lost jobs and income. American households of all colors have suffered from economic policies and military interventions pursued by Democratic and Republican administrations over the past 25 years.
Most importantly, we dare not ignore that the elevation of Donald Trump as President of the United States came with threatening, authoritarian messages. If such talk is not opposed, we open the way to more radical attacks on human rights and democratic processes here in the U.S. And we can expect even more reliance on military threats and force abroad.
As followers of Jesus ourselves (see names below)—and with a fervent hope that other faith communities, secular groups, etc. might use this as a model—we feel led by God’s Spirit to call upon congregations and other assemblies to make the following public commitments in their communities:
John K. Stoner, founder of Every Church a Peace Church (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tony Brown, founder of Peacing It Together Foundation (email@example.com)
Rev. C. T. Vivian, civil rights leader and recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith, senior organizer for Fellowship of Reconciliation; consultant for Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Berry Friesen, co-author of IF NOT EMPIRE, WHAT? A SURVEY OF THE BIBLE
Initiators of this Call:
(affiliation is noted for identification only and does not convey organizational support for this Call)
Rev. Dr. Tim Ahrens, senior minister, First Congregational Church, UCC, Columbus, OH
Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman, CEO of WomanPreach! Inc. & associate professor, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Rev. Amy K. Butler, senior pastor, The Riverside Church in the City (NYC)
Tony Campolo, co-founder of Red Letter Christians
Dr. Iva Carruthers, general secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, former President and First Lady of the United States of America
Shane Claiborne, author, activist, co-founder of Red Letter Christians
Rev. John Dear, author, activist, co-founder of CampaignNonviolence.org
Rev. Ronald Degges, president, Disciples Home Missions, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Jim and Shelley Douglass, co-founders of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action and Mary’s House Catholic Worker
Bren Dubay, executive director of Koinonia Farm, Americus, GA
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Mel Duncan, director of advocacy and outreach, Nonviolent Peaceforce
Elaine Enns, author and co-director of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries, Pasadena CA
Ted Grimsrud, senior professor at Eastern Mennonite University
Michael Hardin, executive director, Preaching Peace
Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt, president, Chicago Theological Seminary
Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, president, Auburn Theological Seminary (NYC)
Hyun Hur and Sue Park-Hur, co-founders and directors of ReconciliAsian, Pasadena CA
Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Rev. Mike Kinman, rector, All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA
John Paul Lederach, professor at Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame
Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, senior minister, Middle Collegiate Church, New York City
Norman Edgar Lowry, KN9758, prisoner of conscience at Dallas State Correctional Institution in PA
Leslie Watson Malachi, director of African American Religious Affairs, People for the American Way
Rev. Michael McBride, pastor of The Way Church, Berkeley, CA and director of PICO Network’s “Live Free” campaign
Dr. Catherine Meeks, chair of Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta’s Commission for Dismantling Racism
Don Mosley, co-founder of Habitat for Humanity International and of Jubilee Partners
Ched Myers, theological animator, author and organizer
Dr. Han S. Park, professor emeritus, founder of GLOBIS, University of Georgia
Gilberto Perez Jr., senior director of intercultural development and educational partnerships, Goshen College
LeDayne McLeese Polaski, executive director/directora ejecutiva, Baptist Peace Fellowship~ Bautistas por la Paz
Dennis Rivers, author and editor of LiberationTheology.org
Gerald W. Schlabach, professor of theology at University of St. Thomas (MN)
Rev. Ken Sehested, editor of Prayer&Politiks.org
Ronald J. Sider, president emeritus, Evangelicals for Social Action
Elizabeth Soto, professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary
Rev. Kristin Gill Stoneking, executive director, Fellowship of Reconciliation
Sarah Thompson, executive director, Christian Peacemaker Teams
Rev. Cameron B. Trimble, chief executive officer of ConvergenceUS and of the Center for Progressive Renewal
Jim Wallis, founder and president of Sojourners
Rev. Dr. Richard Wing, senior Pastor, First Community Church, Columbus, OH
Carol Wise, executive director, Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests
We focus on building movements and peace networks by acting as a resource hub for activists, organizers and communities. Through our network of chapters and affiliates we connect movements at the grassroots level.
We provide workshops, educational resources, strategic consulting, and speaking engagements for diverse audiences. We run young adult leadership development programs and nonviolent direct action trainings for front line movements.
We're part of a global Fellowship growing a vibrant, creative, international and intergenerational peace and justice movement. More than 70,000 consituents in the US participate in our base-building work. Join us!
For over 100 years FOR members have led the strategic application of nonviolence to political and social change movements worldwide. We honor and count among our number Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King, Thich Nhat Hanh, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Muriel Lester, Sulak Sivaraksa, James Lawson, Jean and Hildegard Goss-Mayr, Andre and Magda Trocme and many more.
FOR recognizes individuals and organizations who make exceptional contributions to peace, justice and reconciliation. We honor unsung grassroots activists with the Local Hero Award, US justice leaders with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, and international peacemakers with the Pfeffer Peace Award.
Since 1918 FOR has produced publications and a national journal to shape and reflect learning on the power of nonviolent social change. Since 1934 that award-winning journal has appeared under the title Fellowship, now issued twice yearly in summer and winter. FOR's national newsletter, Witness, is produced in spring and fall and provides highlights of campaigns and projects led by grassroots FOR chapters and affiliates.