Although FOR’s first century of work has been interwoven with many of the most important social justice movements of this era of history, the Fellowship has all-too-typically shunned the public spotlight.
Nestled along the Hood Canal with sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains, there is a place where FOR families and friends meet each year to appreciate the land and each other and envision ways to make the “beloved community” a reality on Earth.
“These are people who had been working hard for months, non-stop for the past week. They had not gone home, they had not seen their families, they had just been working in the hospital to help people… and now they are dead. These people are friends, close friends. I have no words to express this. It is unspeakable.
Tall, lanky, cheerful and confident, Esmatullah easily engages his young students at the Street Kids School, a project of Kabul’s “Afghan Peace Volunteers,” an antiwar community with a focus on service to the poor. Esmatullah teaches child laborers to read.
Imagine the scene: 1893, Chicago. The World Columbian Exposition is going on—a forerunner of the World’s Fair. Persons from all over the world are converging on the windy city and to take advantage of this fact, a number of smaller parliaments and congresses are set up. One of these was the first Parliament of World Religions. The gathering included Protestant, Cat
“determined to promote the common welfare by furthering separate and collective action for the purpose of raising levels of nutrition and standards of living” Preamble of the Food and Agriculture Organization Constitution
FOR staff and National Council members are on the road this month, organizing with grassroots activists for nonviolent social change.