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Strategy and Soul: A Review

For the past several months, Daniel Hunter’s book Strategy & Soul has accompanied me throughout my journey with the FOR.

A spiritual voice in the environmental crisis

Today on Earth Day, we join all those around the world in recognizing “the essential unity of all creation,” as articulated in the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Statement of Purpose.

Beyond the Peace Process, Part 3: The U.S.-Israel Connection

Guns, Surveillance, and Resistance

We tend to think of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a matter of foreign affairs. At one level that is correct—the visible locus of the conflict is “over there,” between “other people.” What is less immediately visible is the presence of the conflict here in our midst.

Creative resistance: Syria's nonviolent struggle persists

Terrorism does not fight terrorism” declares a Syrian protest sign, emphasizing that the brutal Assad regime and the repressive Islamist extremists are two sides of the same coin. The sign tells a story.

Final week to submit FOR Peace Awards nominations

Just a quick reminder that this is the final week to nominate your favorite peace workers for FOR’s 2014 Peace Awards. For your convenience, we’ve extended the deadline from Friday, April 11th to Sunday, April 13th at midnight!

Reflections on Walter Wink’s last book

Walter Wink, thank you for writing your short autobiography, Just Jesus, before you died.  When I saw the book on Linda Kelly’s desk at the FOR headquarters, I gravitated right towards it.  I was interested in meeting you in person, even if it had to be through the written word. 

In the Name of the Mother

Beaver Creek ambles through the arid Arizona land revealing a spreading community of stone-beings that make the waters dance and sing as they roll and tumble on their endless journey.

Learning the magic of soul force by fighting apartheid

In the spring of 1988, I somewhat belatedly became involved in the anti-apartheid movement.  I had worked for the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) in Rhode Island for 16 years on peace and justice issues. My position was slated to be terminated at the end of September and I was graciously told that I was free to spend my remaining staff time on the work of my choice.

Beyond the Peace Process, Part 2: "Where Is the Palestinian Gandhi?"

The Invisible Presence of Palestinian Nonviolence

I’ve often heard the question, “Where is the Palestinian Gandhi?” in articles, conversations, emails, as an audience question, in discussions with peace activists. The question is usually well-intentioned.

Book review: Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in Context

Eileen Babbitt and Ellen Lutz have made an important contribution to the Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution series. As they point out: