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 10, 2016

Invitation: Organizing with IFOR featuring Rev. Lucas Johnson

We're thrilled to invite you to a special FOR national organizing call featuring International FOR Coordinator Rev. Lucas Johnson.

Lucas, who was previously an organizer in the Southeast for FOR-USA and a member of the National Council, will be speaking on the work of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and other national chapters of FOR around the world.

This is an unprecedented opportunity for FOR to host a guest speaker from outside of the United States whose work is totally focused on organizing in global movements for peace and justice. We hope you can join us!

Rev. Lucas Johnson at the FOR Centennial Gala (Carolina Kroon)

Born in Germany to a U.S. military family that resisted racism and structural oppression within and beyond the armed forces, Lucas Johnson is a student of the U.S. civil rights movement and he continues to be mentored by veterans of the black-led freedom struggle. The award-winning national radio program On Being featured Lucas alongside civil rights veteran Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons in conversation with host Krista Tippett.

Lucas in the Negev Desert with Eritrean refugees by Anthony Grimes

Another movement elder, Dr. Vincent Harding, writes of Lucas,

My mind is filled with memories of such FOR stalwarts as Barbara Deming, Martin Luther King Jr., James Lawson, Glenn Smiley, and Howard Thurman, each of whom I was/am privileged to count as friends and co-workers. From my perspective Lucas shares the extraordinary double-gift of fitting firmly into the company of such a historical “cloud of witnesses” as I have just named, understanding and embodying many of their best gifts for creative visioning, community-building, and courageous servant-leadership across lines of class, race, religion, and sexual orientation; and at the same moment carrying in his own life the gift of active connections with the younger, diverse generations that FOR now needs and hopes to engage more fully than ever before.

Lucas and Anthony Grimes present a tribute to their mentor “Uncle” Vincent Harding to Rev. Kristin Stoneking (FOR)

Organizing with International FOR with International FOR Coordinator Rev. Lucas Johnson took place Wednesday, March 16, please keep in touch for future organizing opportunities!

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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.

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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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