The Fellowship of Reconciliation (national FOR) is a non-denominational interfaith organization of pacifists.
The Fellowship is composed of women and men who recognize the essential unity of all humanity and have joined together to explore the power of love and truth for resolving human conflict. While it has always been vigorous in its opposition to war, the Fellowship has insisted equally that this effort must be based on a commitment to the achieving of a just and peaceful world community, with full dignity and freedom for every human being.
In working out these objectives the FOR seeks the company of people of faith who will respond to conflict nonviolently, seeking reconciliation through compassionate action. The Fellowship encourages the integration of faith into the lives of individual members. At the same time it is a special role of the Fellowship to extend the boundaries of community and to affirm its diversity of religious traditions as it seeks the resolution of conflict by the united efforts of people of many faiths.
In the development of its program the FOR depends upon persons who seek to apply these principles to every area of life. FOR members:
- Identify with those of every nation, race, sex and religion who are the victims of injustice and exploitation, and seek to develop resources of active nonviolent intervention with which to help rescue them from such circumstances;
- Work to abolish war and create a community of concern transcending national boundaries and selfish interests; they refuse to participate personally in any war, or to give any sanction they can withhold from physical, moral, psychological or financial preparations for war;
- Strive to build a social order that will utilize the resources of human ingenuity and wisdom for the benefit of all, and in which no individual or group will be exploited or oppressed for the profit or pleasure of others;
- Advocate fair and compassionate methods of dealing with offenders against society; they also serve as advocates for victims of crime and their families who suffer loss and emotional anguish, recognizing that restitution and reconciliation can help to heal both victims and offenders;
- Endeavor to show reverence for personality -- in the home, in vocational relationships, in school and the process of education, in association with persons of other racial, sexual, creedal or national backgrounds;
- Seek to avoid bitterness and contention in dealing with controversy, and to maintain the spirit of self-giving love while engaged in the effort to achieve these purposes.
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