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24 Hours at the Cross: A Holy Week confrontation with execution in Texas

While churches always have a plethora of odd smells, there is one that is particularly memorable. Smelling like a mix of mold and mildew, I have always imagined it to be the results of inactive butts marinating in the pews for years and years.

Together we can #ReclaimHolyWeek

Since the 1920s, the Fellowship of Reconciliation has provided an interfaith context for people to put their religious beliefs into action. Our understanding of “interfaith” has meant not watering down our faith traditions into a “least common denominator” sense of religion.

West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition's 2015 Peace Essay Contest

Applications for The Third Annual WSFPC Peace Essay Contest are now being accepted. Awards will again be $1,000 for the winner, $300 for the runner-up and $100 for third place. 

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Rabbi Everett Gendler Teaches Samuel Tamaret's Torah of Nonviolence

A powerful take away for rabbis attending the fabulous Jewish Voice for Peace National Members’ Meeting emerged during a text study with the venerable Rabbi Everett Gendler

Navroz: The Recurrent Renewal

May the soul flourish;
May youth be as the new-grown grain

 

Committed to nonviolence in Ferguson

This weekend, FOR staff are in Ferguson and St.

Honored and Humbled – FOR USA Receives Generous Bequest

Recently, FOR USA received an $89,500 bequest from the estate of Father George Wertin.  For 13 years, Father Wertin pastored the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

On the Road to Selma!

Last October, I had to pinch myself as I sat next to one of my heroes, Congressman John Lewis, in a small soul food restaurant in Durham, North Carolina.

Just an hour earlier, I had been blessed to meet Rep. Lewis at a speaking event. As we left, his publisher spontaneously invited me to join them for an intimate dinner. I was head over heels.

Sowing seeds for peace and justice

I write to you from Northern California, where the Paperwhites have been in bloom since just after Christmas; these first blooms of spring come earlier and earlier each year.

Giving Our Bodies to Kelly Gissendaner

2066 In February of 1997, Kelly Gissendaner orchestrated the brutal murder of her husband Doug in Gwinnett County, Georgia.  Sentenced to die in 1998, Gissendaner’s appeals process is about to run out.  Barring a miracle, Gissendaner will be executed by the State of Georgia on Wednesday night (2/25/2015).  Those of us who grow up in the South know well how