Fellowship of Reconciliation

Working for peace & justice through nonviolence since 1915.

How We Work


Movement Building

We provide training and local level movement mentorship for building infrastructure, tactical strategy and developing decentralized leadership.

Peace Networks

Through our work in coalition with other national peace and justice organizations as well as faith-based advocacy groups, we mobilize a grassroots base of chapters and affiliates to engage in stronger unified action for social and political change.

FOR often works in coalition with other national peace and justice organizations as well as faith-based advocacy groups. Through this coalition work, FOR mobilizes its grassroots base of chapters and affiliates to engage in stronger unified action for social and political change.

FOR endorses and often provides staff and volunteer leadership to represent the Fellowship in such allied organizing efforts as:

FOR also regularly signs on to national coalition letters & petitions that mobilize religious and community leadership to press political & corporate decision-makers on public policy issues.

Grassroots Resource Hub

We provide added value to grassroots justice work through ally connections, nonviolent tools and literature as well as programmatic opportunities.

FOR is a nonviolence resource hub for individuals and organizations throughout the United States. Working with a grassroots network of some 100 chapters and affiliates, as well as numerous international relationships, we add value to localized justice work through:

  • Adding context and a breadth of national and global connections to projects and campaigns that can otherwise be isolated
  • Publishing in print and online media channels, which promote local initiatives to broader audiences
  • Sponsoring training opportunities, speaking tours, conference calls and webinars, and other programming to cultivate and grow the movement

FOR's grounding in spiritually-rooted movements also offers access to faith-rooted networks, both national grassroots groups with specific religious or denominational identities as well as local multi-faith initiatives. These networks can strengthen peace and justice movements (some of which are predominantly secular) through mobilizing faith-based activists as well as providing moral (and theological) grounding.


Speakers Bureau

We offer keynotes, workshops, panels, or consultations on a broad range of topics related to nonviolence, global movements, civil and human rights peace delegations, multifaith, anti-militarism, nuclear nonproliferation, social justice and more.

Bring an FOR speaker to your event!

We regularly receive requests for speakers and presentations on topics related to our mission and our legacy of peace and justice work.

We do not charge a specific fee for speakers but welcome donations to our work. Particular speakers may have minimums for honorariums. If an event requires travel, we ask that groups cover transportation costs and provide housing if overnight stay is required.

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FOR Peace Awards

Each year FOR awards three different peace awards at an international, national and local level to individuals or organizations who have made exceptional contributions to peace, justice and reconciliation.

The Awards

International Pfeffer Peace Award

Established in 1989 by Leo (1910-1993) and Freda Pfeffer (1911-2013) to honor those around the world working for peace and justice. Leo Pfeffer was the United States' leading theoretician on religious liberty and the separation of church and state frequently arguing constitutional issues before the Supreme Court. A long-time FOR member, Leo was a founding member of the Jewish Peace Fellowship. To this day Leo and Freda's legacy continues to contribute to a more peaceful society.

Martin Luther King Jr. Award

Established in 1979 to recognize persons or groups working in the United States in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s tradition. Dr. King was a member of FOR who worked closely with the organization, serving on FOR's Advisory Council up to the time of his death. The award honors those who make a significant contribution to the furtherance of Dr. King's nonviolent approach to transforming racial, economic, and social injustice.

Local Hero Peace Award

Formerly the Nyack-Area Peace Award which was established in 2006 to recognize individuals or organizations enriching the community in and around FOR's national headquarters in Nyack, New York. As of 2015 this award recognizes unheralded groups or individuals who work tirelessly for justice and reconciliation on a local level anywhere in the U.S. to better honor our grassroots network of chapters and affiliates.

Previous Award Winners

International Pfeffer Peace Awards

  • 2015 Combatants for Peace in Israel and Palestine
  • 2014 Dr. Widad Akrawi, co-founder and president of Defend International
  • 2013 The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
  • 2012 Dr. Hakim, co-founder of the Afghan Peace Volunteers (Afghanistan)
  • 2011 Sonal Ambani, founder of World Peace 2012–2040 (India)
  • 2010 Scott Kennedy, co-founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence (United States)
  • 2009 La'Onf network of Iraqi nonviolence communities
  • 2008 Ricardo Esquivia, founder of SembrandoPaz (Colombia), Guillermo Mateus-Corredor (Colombia), SERPAJ Morelos (Mexico)
  • 2007 Mel Duncan and the Nonviolent Peaceforce
  • 2006 Caribbean Project for Peace and Justice (Puerto Rico)
  • 2005 George Houser (United States), co-founder of the Congress of Racial Equality and the America Committee on Africa
  • 2002 Wanida Tantiwittayappitak; The Muslim Peace Fellowship
  • 2000 Pierre Marchand, founder of the Foundation for Children (Thailand and France)
  • 1999 Kathy Kelly (United States), founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence
  • 1998 The Peace Community of (Colombia)
  • 1997 Dorothy Granada, co-founder of the Maria Luisa Ortiz Cooperative (Nicaragua)
  • 1996 Peace Brigades International
  • 1995 Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People
  • 1994 Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank (Bangladesh)
  • 1993 Jose Gomez Izquierdo (Ecuador)
  • 1992 Interns for Peace
  • 1991 Anita Kromberg and Richard Steele (South Africa)
  • 1990 Hildegard Goss-Mayr (Austria) and Diana Francis (England)
  • 1989 Don Mosley, founder of Jubilee Partners (United States)

Martin Luther King Jr. Awards

  • 2015 Ruby Sales, Cheryl Blankenship and the SpiritHouse Project
  • 2014 Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, founder of Moral Mondays NC
  • 2013 Dorothy Cotton, Ithaca, NY, and Vincent Harding, Denver, CO
  • 2012 Jim Murphy, Ithaca, NY
  • 2011 Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2010 Medea Benjamin, San Francisco, CA
  • 2009 Cynthia Brown, Durham, NC
  • 2008 George Lakey, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2007 Samina Faheem Sundas and American Muslim Voice, Palo Alto, CA
  • 2006 Walter and June Keener Wink, Sandisfield, MA
  • 2005 Margaret Morgan Lawrence, Pomona, CA
  • 2002 Dustin Washington, Seattle, WA
  • 2000 Kay Camp, Haverford, PA
  • 1999 Edith Bush, West Palm Beach, FL
  • 1998 Ken Brown, North Manchester, IN
  • 1997 Anne Brooks
  • 1996 Louis Coleman, Louisville, KY
  • 1995 Margaret Moseley, Cape Cod, MA
  • 1994 Daniel Alejandrez, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 1993 One Day at a Time, founded by Henry T. Wells, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1992 Charles Alphin, Atlanta, GA and Sam Day, Madison, WI
  • 1991 Glenn Smiley, Glendale, CA
  • 1990 Randall Kehler, Colrain, MA
  • 1989 Carl Upchurch, Bexley, OH
  • 1988 Maurice McCrackin, Cincinnati, OH
  • 1987 Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen, Seattle, WA
  • 1986 Myles Horton, New Market, TN
  • 1985 Shelley Douglass and Jim Douglass, Birmingham, AL
  • 1984 Pete Seeger and Toshi Seeger, Beacon, NY
  • 1983 Septima Poinsette Clark, Charleston, SC
  • 1982 Katherine Garry
  • 1981 Robert C. Aldridge, Santa Clara, CA
  • 1980 Fay Honey Knopp, Shoreham, VT
  • 1979 Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, LA and NY

Nyack Area Peace Award