Working for peace & justice through nonviolence since 1915.
Since 1915, the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) has carried on programs and educational projects concerned with domestic and international peace and justice, nonviolent alternatives to conflict, and the rights of conscience. An interfaith, tax-exempt organization, FOR promotes active nonviolence and has members from many religious, spiritual, and ethnic traditions. FOR is a U.S. based branch of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) with affiliates in over 50 countries.
Strategic nonviolent movements are one of the most potent forces in the world. They oust dictators, change policy and realize the hopes of communities. Whether through supporting conscientious objectors of war or hosting trainings as part of #BlackLivesMatter, for over 100 years FOR has strengthened the movements that reshape society.
Relationships established through strong communities are the glue of our work. We ground ourselves in relationships of accountability and a spirituality that spans faith traditions. We help build communities that reflect our vision of Beloved Community.
We see nonviolence as a way of life, a moral commitment, and a social tool. As a branch of IFOR's international network we work with partners around the world to end militarism in all of its forms.
In 1914 an ecumenical conference was held in Switzerland by Christians seeking to prevent the outbreak of war in Europe. Before the conference ended World War I began and those present had to return to their respective countries.
At a railroad station in Germany two of the participants Henry Hodgkin (an English Quaker) and Friedrich Siegmund-Schultze (a German Lutheran) pledged to find a way of working for peace even though their countries were at war. Out of this pledge Christians gathered in Cambridge, England in December 1914 to found the Fellowship of Reconciliation. The U.S. FOR was founded one year later, in November 1915, at a conference in Garden City, Long Island, New York.
FOR has since become an interfaith and international movement with branches and affiliated groups in over 50 countries and on every continent. Today the membership of FOR includes Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Indigenous religious practitioners, Baha'i, and people of other faith traditions, as well as those with no formal religious affiliation.
“FOR has been in the forefront of the nonviolent struggle for peace with justice. What is important about FOR is what it stands for. And that is a courageous dedication to the liberation of humanity from the triple evils of poverty, racism, and violence. ”—Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
“Your goal is, in my opinion, the only reasonable one and to make it prevail is of vital importance. ”—Albert Einstein, in a letter to FOR
“The Southern Christian Leadership Conference values its long partnership with FOR and recognizes FOR's outstanding work in the anti-war movement and continued commitment to peace and nonviolence. ”—The Rev. Joseph Lowery, Southern Christian Leadership Council past president
“Reconciliation requires connection, not separation. I want to be connected with those who have the courage to care, the muscle to be compassionate. That is why I belong to FOR. ”—Rabbi Leo Beerman, Leo Baeck Temple, Los Angeles
“I joined FOR because of the people who represented the Fellowship. They were really for nonviolent action and were penetrated deeply with the sense of humanism with which Buddhists are familiar. What makes FOR meaningful to me is the presence of open-minded, deeply humanistic, and creative people. ”—Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author, poet
FOR perpetuates and strengthens the story of nonviolence and illuminates nonviolent practices in the world today through various media and communication vehicles. Since 1918, FOR has produced newsletters and a national journal to help shape and reflect the movement's learning on the power of nonviolent social change through the work of its chapters and affiliates.
Witness is a biannual newsletter that offers updates and upcoming events from FOR’s local chapters, affiliates, staff, and national council. All lifetime members of the fellowship and donors within the last year receive Witness in their mailboxes in spring and autumn.
Fellowship is a biannual print magazine circulated in summer and winter that provides the best of today's cutting-edge peace and justice movements in this era of dramatic global change.
Begun in 1918, Fellowship is the oldest continuously-published spiritually-rooted peace journal in the United States.
This interfaith magazine of nonviolence contains articles and information that inspire and educate people concerned about peace, justice, and compassion in the world.