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Ethan Vesely-Flad

Today we awoke to the heartbreaking news of the execution last night of Kelly Gissendaner by the State of Georgia. [Ed. Note: This op-ed was originally distributed by email on Wednesday, Sept. 30.] Despite petitions signed by more than 90,000 people of good will, and appeals by Pope Francis and hundreds of Georgian faith leaders, the Georgia governor and its board of parole and pardons both refused to give clemency to Kelly.

As we mourn Kelly’s death, we honor the tireless efforts of members of the Atlanta...


As we gather this November to celebrate our centennial, we want to honor our multifaith heritage and our spiritual growth as an organization. And we want you to be there!

The keynote speaker at our centennial multifaith service on Nov. 7 is Arun Gandhi, lifelong activist and co-founder of the Season of Nonviolence. Many of FOR’s religious peace fellowships, representing many faith traditions, will be a part of the event. And our service will feature music by Guy Davis, Lisa Sokolov and Naaz...

Kathy Kelly

September 21, 2015

#Enough! Fatima needs food and proper medical care, not war!

Kabul—Some days ago, at the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ Borderfree Center, I met Jamila, the mother of a little girl, Fatima, who comes to the Street Kids School, a program designed to help children working on the streets go to school....

Dr. Hakim

Hadisa, a bright 18 year old Afghan girl, ranks as the top student in her 12th grade class. “The question is,” she wondered, “are  human beings capable of abolishing war?”

Like Hadisa, I had my doubts about whether human nature could have the capacity to abolish war. For years, I had presumed that war is sometimes necessary to control ‘terrorists’, and based on that presumption, it didn’t make sense to abolish it. Yet my heart went out to Hadisa when I imagined her in a future riddled with intractable violence.

Hadisa tilted her head slightly in deep...

Kathy Kelly

“On the one side, powerful military bureaucracies, influential and richly financed weapons industries, their lobbies, their captive legislators, those for whom paranoia or past wars are a way of life,” he wrote. “On the other side, only reason, the will to survive, the inarticulate poor”  —John Kenneth Galbraith, forward to the 1978 edition of Ruth Sivard’s World Military and Social Expenditures, quoted in the NYT obituary for Ruth Sivard

Kabul—Here at the...