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FOR Centennial: Celebrating 100 years persevering for peace


The Fellowship of Reconciliation USA is celebrating one hundred years on Saturday, Nov. 7, with a special multifaith service at The Riverside Church in New York City. Watch an online livestream between 3:00 and 4:15 PM US-Eastern on Saturday on the FOR home page.

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You are cordially invited to join in commemorating Fellowship of Reconciliation USA’s first 100th Anniversary working for peace, justice, and nonviolence!

Events overview

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 — 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 — 5:30 to 8:00 PM

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 — 3:00 to 9:30 PM

  • 3:00 to 4:15 PM: Multifaith service, Nave, The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY. Livestreamed on the home page.
  • 4:15 to 5:30 PM: Centennial exhibit open for viewing, across the street at Union Theological Seminary, James Memorial Chapel, 3041 Broadway, New York, NY.
  • 5:30 to 7:00 PM: Reception and auction, South Hall, The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY.
  • 7:00 to 9:30 PM: Dinner and program, South Hall, The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY.

Friday, July 1, 2016 to Monday, July 4, 2016

Centennial exhibit

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A visual experience of FOR’s rich 100-year history will kick off the weekend of our Centennial celebrations. Images chosen from 1000 Fellowship and The World of Tomorrow magazine covers, various other FOR publications and extensive photo archives will tell stories in a graphic and poetic way on the walls of Union Theological Seminary’s neo-gothic James Memorial Chapel.

Reception: Thursday, Nov. 5, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Exhibit Duration: Thursday, Nov. 5 until the first week of December
Location: Union Theological Seminary, James Memorial Chapel, 3041 Broadway, New York, NY
Cost/Audience: Free and open to the public.

Wine and cheese reception and Centennial short film

All are welcome to attend a wine and cheese reception and premiere of FOR’s Centennial Film at FOR USA’s national headquarters. A labor of love of renowned filmmakers Nancy Savoca and Rich Guay with the support of FOR staff, this film is a compilation of interviews with FOR notables, archival footage and photographs and captures the highlights of 100 years of groundbreaking efforts for peace and justice in about thirty minutes.

The evening also offers an opportunity to visit the stately mansion that has been home base for staff and refuge for peace workers for more than fifty years; and enjoy the view of the mighty Hudson River too.

When: Friday, Nov. 6, 5:30PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Shadowcliff (FOR-USA national headquarters), 521 N. Broadway, Nyack, NY
Cost/Audience: free and open to the public.

Multifaith service

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All are invited to gather for spiritual centering in honor of the various faith traditions that are the fabric of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. The Centennial Multifaith Service will take place at The Riverside Church, the site of the multifaith service celebrating FOR-USA’s 75th anniversary in 1990, and will feature performances from three talented musicians: Lisa Sokolov, Naaz Hosseini, and Guy Davis.

When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Where: The Riverside Church (Nave), 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY.
Cost/Audience: Free and open to the public.
This will be livestreamed on the FOR home page.

Reception and silent auction

Between the multifaith service and the Centennial dinner is an opportunity for guests to enjoy being together in a place of great historical importance to FOR and the greater peace movement as the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech penned by Honorary Committee member Dr. Vincent Harding. Wine/beer and hors d’oeuvres will be available as guests relax, converse, and peruse auction items, including artwork by FOR members, activist vacation packages, books by faith leaders working for peace, and more.

When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: The Riverside Church (South Hall), 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY.
Cost/Audience: Tickets beginning at $50. Register and reserve your seat now.

Centennial dinner

Break bread with FOR’s Honorary Committee members, 2015 Peace Award recipients, and other cornerstones of the FOR community in celebration of persevering for peace! Dinner guests will enjoy musical performances by Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia while enjoying a delicious meal provided by Soleil Caterers. The Centennial dinner is a time for community fellowship and the establishing of a financial foundation on which FOR can move into a new century!

When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Where: The Riverside Church (South Hall), 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY.
Cost/Audience: Tickets beginning at $140, or $150 including the reception (above). Register and reserve your seat now.

Seabeck, Washington Centennial Conference: July 2016

The Centennial celebrations will close with a national conference in partnership with the annual Western Washington FOR and Oregon FOR gathering held at the Seabeck Conference Center near Seattle. Keynote speakers will be Erica Chenoweth and Jamila Raqib, two of the world’s foremost researchers in how the use of nonviolence is far more effective than violence when it comes to social and political change. The conference will have a special focus on young adults and looking to the future.

When: July 1 to 4, 2016
Where: Seabeck Conference Center, 13395 Lagoon Drive, NW, Seabeck, WA
Cost/Audience: More information about the conference and online registration will be available soon.

Location and travel information

Shadowcliff, FOR-USA national headquarters

521 N. Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960
845-358-4601

Union Theological Seminary (Centennial exhibit)

3041 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (at 121st Street)
(212) 662-7100

The Riverside Church (Multifaith service, reception and silent auction, Centennial dinner)

490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027

Entrance to the church is 91 Claremont Ave., between 120th and 122nd Streets.

Travel by train: Take the #1 train to 116th Street. Walk north along Broadway (passing Barnard College on the left) to 120th Street (Reinhold Niebuhr Place). Turn left and walk one block to Claremont Avenue. Turn right on Claremont Avenue. 91 Claremont is one half block north of 120th Street on the left-hand side of the street.

Seabeck Conference Center (National Conference)

13395 Lagoon Drive, NW, Seabeck, WA