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.

Mar 08, 2017

We stand united against the Muslim Ban 2.0

The Fellowship of Reconciliation unequivocally denounces the White House's release of a revised travel ban targeting immigrants and refugees from Muslim-majority nations. Issued Monday under the guise of national security, this executive order is counter to our nation’s values and ultimately makes our communities less secure.

Columbus OH 3-7-17 press conference

Denying entry to the United States by immigrants and refugees from Muslim-majority countries, particularly those that have no record of terrorist activities in the United States, exposes this effort as religious discrimination and reminds us that the president’s revealed demands for a “legal Muslim ban” — no matter what new clothing it may be dressed in — are both immoral and unconstitutional.

FOR further condemns the executive order’s decision to limit the number of refugees who may enter the United States at a cap of 50,000 individuals during calendar year 2017. We would remind our political leaders that U.S. militarism and economic policies have led to the current crisis of global refugees.

As many of us know firsthand, America has welcomed our families in the wake of tragedy and trauma, no matter our national, religious, or racial background. Our nation proudly claims to welcome the tired, the poor, and the hungry, and our communities stand ready to resettle these families at this time when we are ethically responsible to do so.

FOR decries the administration’s revised anti-immigrant policy as hateful and divisive, urges our supporters to sign this petition organized by Muslim Advocates, and calls on political, religious, and community leaders to stand together “United Against the Muslim Ban.”
Thank you for standing on the side of justice. Together, we demand -- and can build -- a nation that truly welcomes all people.

Photo: Rev. Dr. Susan Smith (FOR-USA Senior Organizer & Trainer) speaks against the White House executive order on immigration refugees at the Faith in Public Life interfaith press conference on March 7, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.

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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.


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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 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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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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