Bending the arc: The Fellowship of Reconciliation and its 100 year influence on social justice work

Theodore Parker’s observation that the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice has become ubiquitous in the social justice movement. Many have noted as well that the arc does not bend without those who are willing to do the work of bending it. The Fellowship of Reconciliation has been one of the leaders in the work of bending the arc.
The Fellowship of Reconciliation was established at the outbreak of the First World War as a Christian response to the insanity of global warfare. Over the century since then, its development of Pacifist philosophy and resistance has been a major influence on social justice movements over a broad range of issues.
A brief historical outline of the FoR will be given along with some information about the people and organizations influenced by its work. Discussion will follow.

Alternatives to Violence Program

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This service will introduce the community to the philosophy and some of the experiential practices of the Alternatives to Violence Project–a nonviolent communication and conflict-resolution program developed by Quakers and incarcerated persons in Greenhaven Prison in the 1970s. Coran Klaver is a newly-trained AVP facilitator working with AVP New York and the ACTS Community Violence and Youth Task Force to bring AVP programming to Syracuse city youth. There service will be both information and interactive, incorporating some of the opening activities of a Basic AVP workshop.