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.

Feb 17, 2017

FOR, the ACLU, and Building the Movement

No doubt you are well aware of the American Civil Liberties Union's heroic resistance to threats to democracy, justice, and human rights in recent weeks. But did you know FOR-USA served as a “midwife” to the ACLU – as our leaders founded the National Civil Liberties Bureau (precursor to the ACLU) in 1916?
SFO protest against the Muslim Ban executive order
At the Fellowship of Reconciliation, we feel a unique measure of pride in the historic legal victories the ACLU has won, particularly in these days of growing resistance since November 9, 2016.
Give generously to FOR today to help us continue to build capacity at the grasssroots.
Thanks to your support, movement-building has been a key part of FOR’s work throughout the century since, and continues to this day. In partnership with you, FOR-USA has organized, launched, and/or fiscally sponsored dozens of creative initiatives for peace and justice, including:

Today FOR-USA continues to act as a fiscal sponsor, incubator, and mentor to numerous emerging organizations, each of which are growing our collective movement for nonviolent social change.

In the past decade FOR has facilitated the launch and growth of a wide range of projects, from local community groups to international organizations. Current fiscal sponsorees include:

  • Arkansas Coalition for Peace & Justice -- ACPJ is committed to a culture of peace, and building a country where domestic policies are sound and just, and where the world at large is treated with respect and dignity.
  • Mindful Cloud -- based in Vienna, Austria, Mindful Cloud is a community of media professionals engaging the intersections of spiritual discipline and social transformation, utilizing a range of mindful media and technology to inspire insight, creative civic engagement, and social transformation.
  • Musicians without Borders -- based in Amsterdam, MwB uses the power of music to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war. It currently runs community programs in Kosovo, Palestine, Rwanda, Uganda, Northern Ireland, and the Netherlands.
  • Shomeret Shalom -- based in Northern California and engaged globally, Shomeret Shalom offers rabbinic ordination and training in the applied arts of Jewish nonviolence and peacebuilding, Judaic arts, and Torah Study, as well as public witness opportunities.
  • West Suburban Faith-based Peace Coalition -- comprised of peacemakers from Chicago's western suburbs, WSFPC holds prayer vigils, public witness, peace education, lobbying/ legislative initiatives, and interfaith dialogue.

Each of these groups, historically and in the present day -- from the ACLU to the most nascent project creatively addressing a new need or concern -- is building the just society we envision. 

Give generously today to FOR to help us continue to build capacity through new projects and organizations that will grow to protect our freedoms and build peace worldwide. Thank you for your support!

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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!

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants since 1915.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s FOR Membership Application

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.

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FOR's Peace Prizes

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.

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FOR's nonviolent narrative publications

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.

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