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Fellowship of Reconciliation
In 1914, an ecumenical conference was held in Switzerland by Christians seeking to prevent the outbreak of war in Europe. Before the conference ended, however, World War I had started 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 Sigmund-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 FOR-USA was founded one year later, in 1915.FOR has since become an interfaith and international movement with branches and groups in over 40 countries and on every continent.
Rockland County, New York
Active non-violence, social action
FOR envisions a world of justice, peace, and freedom. It is a revolutionary vision of a beloved community where differences are respected, conflicts are addressed nonviolently, oppressive structures are dismantled, and where people live in harmony with the earth, nurtured by diverse spiritual traditions that foster compassion, solidarity, and reconciliation.
FOR seeks to replace violence, war, racism and economic injustice with nonviolence, peace and justice. We are an interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence as a transforming way of life and as a means of radical change.
To seek the company of people of faith who will respond to conflict nonviolently, seeking reconciliation through compassionate action...to extend the boundaries of community and affirm its diversity of religious traditions as it seeks the resolution of conflict by the united efforts of people of many faiths.
To achieve its goal, FOR educates and trains community activists, builds coalitions and engages in nonviolent and compassionate actions locally, nationally and globally, with partners or alone.
Loosely knit collection of variously organized individuals and groups. Offices and staff. 5 year strategic plans.
Promoting Grassroots social action campaigns and initiatives. for example 'I Will Not Kill' is building a youth movement to stand against gun violence and oppose military service.
peace, non-violence, justice
P.O. Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960, USA. Tel. +1-845-358-4601 Fax. +1-845-358-4924