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.

Summer 1914
FOR Founded in Europe
1915
FOR England
November 1915
FOR-USA Conference of 1915
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1916
Fellowship of Reconciliation USA (FOR-USA) Founded
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April 1917
World War I
July 1917
National Civil Liberties Bureau Founded
1918
Brookwood Labor College
1918
The World Tomorrow FOR Publication
1919
IFOR Founded
1919
The Women's Peace Society
1919
Jane Addams Joins FOR-USA
1920
Grace Hutchins Joins FOR-USA
1920
ACLU Founded
1920
National Conference of Christians and Jews
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1921
War Resisters' International Founded
1922
Women Leadership Involvement in The World Tomorrow
1923
International Fellowship of Reconciliation Moves Headquarters
1924
John Nevin Sayre Becomes Chair of FOR-USA
1927
Grace Hutchins Leaves FOR-USA
1929
AJ Muste Brookwood College Controversy
1930
Charles C Webber Becomes FOR-USA Industrial Field Secretary
1930
Labor Movement
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1931
Muriel Lester Becomes IFOR Travelling Secretary
1931
Jane Addams Becomes the First American Woman to be Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
1932
United Mine Workers Union Local 4467
1935
Fellowship Magazine
1938
Spanish Civil War
1938
1939
Baptist Peacemakers Founded
1939
The Episcopal Peace Fellowship Founded
1940
A.J. Muste Becomes Executive Director of FOR-USA
1940
Jewish Peace Fellowship Founded
1940
Lutheran Peace Fellowship Founded
1941
Bayard Rustin Joins FOR-USA
1942
Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Founded
July 1944
Morgan Decision
1945
Bayard Rustin was Imprisoned in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary
1946
Emily Greene Balch wins Noble Peace Prize
April 1947
FOR and the Congress of Racial Equality Sponsored the Journey of Reconciliation
March 1949
Baynard Rustin Writes on Experience in Chain Gang
March 1949
Bayard Rustin Releases Albums for Fellowship Records
1956
FOR Germany Reestablished
1957
Lambeth Conference Adopts a Statement that Condemns War
1963
March on Washington
1964
MLK wins Noble Peace Prize

MLK wins Noble Peace Prize

1964
Catholic Peace Fellowship Founded
1965
Francis B. Sayre Jr.
1973
Bayard Rustin Releases Spirituals, Work and Freedom Songs
1978
The Buddhist Peace Fellowship Founded
1979
IFOR Established Consultative Status at the United Nations
1982
Bayard Rustin Gay Rights Activism
1983
UU Peace Fellowship Founded
1987
Death of Bayard Rustin

Death of Bayard Rustin

April 1990
Bradford Conference on Nonviolent Struggle and Social Defence
April 1990
Valiant For Peace
1994
Muslim Peace Fellowship Founded
1997
The Women Peacemakers Program Founded
2001
The Adventist Peace Fellowship Founded
2010
Active Nonviolence Across the World Booklet Published
2012
The IFOR Fellowship School
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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