Fellowship of Reconciliation

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Working for peace & justice through nonviolence since 1915.

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What We Do Strengthen, build & demilitarize.

Nonviolent direct action in Minneapolis organized by FOR Staff and National Council photo by Rebecca Lawrence

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.

Building Healthy Communities

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.

Demilitarized Tanks

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.

Jan 13, 2017

Let Peace Break Through All Obstacles In 2017

By Rev. Kristin Stoneking, FOR Staff

Greetings!

THANK YOU! You received what may have seemed like a deluge of messages from FOR in the last month as we attempted to meet our year end goals. And you responded. Thanks to your generosity, December support for the work of the Fellowship of Reconciliation nearly doubled over the same month last year.

I believe that your response was so strong because you know that truly, the possibility for peace rests precariously on the edgeof a precipice. Not only is all that undergirds peace at stake – racial, economic, gender and other forms of social justice – but the potential for catastrophic war is more real now than at any time in the last several decades.

In 2015, the United States announced plans to spend 1 trillion dollars over the next 30 years to upgrade its nuclear arsenal. Those plans have not changed, but the chances that nuclear weapons could be used have.

The president-elect has written in favor of “strengthening and expanding” the United States’ nuclear weapons capability, and, though we don’t really know the implication of this, its vag
ary and caelessness could easily lead to an arms race, taking critical funds away from addressing social justice issues and deep human needs.

You know that from the very origins of our Fellowship, FOR has drawn the connection between militarism and other forms of violence.

As we begin this year, will you commit again with FOR to wage peace? Will you join with us in countering military and nuclear escalations and rejecting war as a solution to conflict? Will you pledge to stand in solidarity with all people who yearn for justice and peace?

Just yesterday a Call to Protect All People signed by myself and other leaders including Jimmy Carter, Jim Wallis and Kathy Kelly went out to call congregations, faith communities and other organizations to make four public commitments:

  • protect and support all people, including those "targeted, discriminated against or singled out for state-sponsored/sanctioned violence;"
  • support "practices of diplomacy and negotiation" in the carrying out of U.S. foreign policy;
  • support an economic order that "is sustainable as a servant of the people amid changes in climate;" and
  • seek new "relationships of solidarity" locally that "reach across lines of creed, class, ethnicity, race and party preference."

We invite you to pledge to respond to the Call to Protect All People to show your support, and encourage you to work locally to engage in discussions and implementations with your faith community or church.

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Get a downloadable Implementation Guide with FAQs about the Call to Protect!

Let’s make 2017 a year when peace broke through in spite of dire forces against it. Let’s go forward into this year together.

With deep thanks to you for your support and solidarity, 

Rev. Kristin Stoneking
Executive Director
Fellowship of Reconciliation

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