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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:

Egypt kangaroo court sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death

The Egyptian court has just handed down one of the most grotesque sentences in Egyptian history, condemning 529 people to death in one fell swoop. The U.S. State Department said it was “shocked” and that the verdict defies logic.

Renewing Hope, for the Future: Divest From the Nuclear Power Industry

This is an open letter to leaders and groups in the religious community in the United States inviting your participation to expand a campaign currently being mounted to divest from fossil fuel companies to also include the nuclear power industry as well. [Ed.

Lucas Johnson named IFOR International Coordinator

Please celebrate with us the news that the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Lucas Johnson has been named International Coordinator of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR)!

Whole Women Healing

Whole Women Healing (WWH), an affiliate of the Fellowship of Reconcilation, has re-awakened. Our mission, to facilitate healing and empowerment of women for a more peaceful world, has been restored to active duty!

New Year's with your friends in Afghanistan

Salam from Afghanistan, where the Afghan New Year (Nao Roz  / New Day / Nowruz) is just days away on the 21st of March.  Alas, peace is much further away.

Returning to FOR's Roots, Part 1: A U.S.-based strategy for nonviolent social change

In 2010-11, my predecessor Mark Johnson traveled some 50,000 miles to meet with individuals and groups in our U.S. Fellowship of Reconciliation network. These cross-country tours sought, in part, to assess the needs and health of our national network of chapters, affiliates, and individual members.