FOR History

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Founded in response to the horrors of war in Europe, the IFOR has taken a consistent stance against war and its preparation throughout its history.

Fellowship of Reconciliation is a global movement founded in 1914 to support the rights of conscience in resistance to war and military conscription.

Our members share a vision of a world where conflicts are resolved through nonviolent means, where systems that foster fear and hatred are dismantled, and where justice is sought as a basis for peace. While coming from diverse religious backgrounds, we have a common belief in the transforming power of nonviolence and reconciliation.

We have extensive working relationships with like-minded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society initiatives. Our over 100 years of expertise in active nonviolence is recognized and respected by these NGOs and many others.

1923
International Fellowship of Reconciliation Moves Headquarters
1930
Charles C Webber Becomes FOR-USA Industrial Field Secretary
1931
Jane Addams Becomes the First American Woman to be Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
1945
Bayard Rustin was Imprisoned in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary
April 1947
FOR and the Congress of Racial Equality Sponsored the Journey of Reconciliation
March 1949
Bayard Rustin Releases Albums for Fellowship Records
1964
MLK wins Noble Peace Prize

MLK wins Noble Peace Prize

1973
Bayard Rustin Releases Spirituals, Work and Freedom Songs
1979
IFOR Established Consultative Status at the United Nations
1987
Death of Bayard Rustin

Death of Bayard Rustin

April 1990
Bradford Conference on Nonviolent Struggle and Social Defence
2013
Bayard Rustin Posthumously Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama
2020
California Governor Gavin Newsome Posthumously Pardoned Rustin

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Fellowship of Reconciliation USA (FOR-USA) is the largest interfaith peace fellowship leading the charge on today’s most pressing human and civil rights issues through advocacy, activism, and educational programs.

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