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Faith-based Peace, Justice & Environmental Organizations

Nonviolent Peacekeeping Groups

Family, Youth & Children’s Organizations with a Peace Orientation

Educational Organizations for Peace, Justice & the Environment

Advocacy and/or Direct Action Organizations

Special Places of Peace

 

 

 

 

Faith-based Peace, Justice & Environmental Organizations

 

Alternatives for Simple Living

Based in Sioux City, Iowa, Alternatives is a non-profit organization that equips people of faith to challenge consumerism, live justly and celebrate responsibly. Started in 1973 as a protest against the commercialization of Christmas, its focus is on encouraging celebrations that reflect conscientious ways of living.

 

American Friends Service Committee

Based in Philadelphia and with offices across the US, American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization which includes people of various faith who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service.  Especially pertinent are its Waging Peace Campaign on the ongoing war on Iraq and its Youth and the Military program for making decisions on military service.

 

Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, BPFNA publishes an excellent Baptist Peacemaker journal, empowers overseas solidarity projects and nonviolent training programs, works on restorative justice, hosts an annual gathering for youth and adults, and offers “Creative Ideas for Using the Family Covenant of Nonviolence” on their website.

 

Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Based in Berkeley, California, and affiliated with Fellowship Of Reconciliation in New York, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship promotes justice and peace with its Buddhist constituencies.  They advocate nonviolence through their “Peace Pages” program and a special prison program.

 

The Center of Concern

Founded in 1971 and based in Washington, DC, the Center of Concern works with international networks promoting social analysis, theological reflection, policy analysis, political advocacy, research and public education on issues of global development, peace and social justice.  Their Education for Justice website is especially helpful on these issues and other dimensions of Catholic social teaching.

 

Church World Service

Based in Baltimore and Elkhart, Indiana, Church World Service conducts extensive global hunger and relief efforts.  Its Education & Advocacy Program has an especially helpful “What Do You Know About Hunger? Hunger Activities that Work” resource.  Contact Tom Hampson at thampson@churchworldservice.org.

 

Council for the Parliament of the World's Religions
First held in 1893 and every five years since 1993, the Parliament of the World's Religions is a gathering of people of faith and other interested people of goodwill.  During the Parliament, attendees convene to learn about each other, to consider issues of global significance, and to promote interreligious understanding and cooperation.  The 2009 Parliament will be held in Melbourne, Australia and will include over 8,000 participants from over 80 countries and representing dozens of religious and faith traditions.

 

Decade to Overcome Violence

An initiative of the World Council of Churches, The Decade to Overcome Violence (2001-2010) calls churches, ecumenical organizations and all people of good will to work together at all levels (local, regional, global) with communities, secular movements, people of all living faiths for peace, justice and reconciliation.

 

Episcopal Peace Fellowship

Affiliated with FOR in Nyack, New York, Episcopal Peace Fellowship promotes justice and peace with its Episcopal Church constituencies, and is deeply involved in nonviolence training through the From Violence to Wholeness program of Pace E Bene.

 

Faithful America

Organized by the National Council of Churches of Christ, Faithful America is an online community of people of faith who want to build a more just and compassionate nation.

 

Fellowship of Reconciliation

An international interfaith fellowship that has advocated a nonviolent world since World War I.  The US office publishes FELLOWSHIP Magazine and offers an extensive book service on nonviolence.  Fellowship Of Reconciliation conducts training programs in nonviolence for youth as well as adults of faith.  It coordinates the various faith-based Peace Fellowships included in these links, as well as US participation in the UN Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence.

 

Global Coalition for Peace

A global, interfaith effort for a more peaceful and just global community.  Their Mother-to-Mother for Peace and Nonviolence program links American mothers with Muslim mothers overseas, as a way of breaking down “enemy thinking” and building bridges. 

 

Jewish Peace Fellowship

Based in Nyack, New York, where it is affiliated with Fellowship Of Reconciliation, The Jewish Peace Fellowship promotes nonviolence with its various Jewish constituencies.

 

Jubilee Partners

One of our "special places of peace."

 

JustFaith

Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the JustFaith program is designed to enable Catholic parish participants to develop a passion for justice and express this passion in concrete acts of social ministry.  Its formation process emphasizes the Gospel message of peace and justice, Catholic social teaching, and the intersection of spirituality and action, all in the context of small faith communities.

 

Lutheran Peace Fellowship

Based in Seattle, Washington, founded in 1971, and affiliated with Fellowship Of Reconciliation, The Lutheran Peace Fellowship is a community of Lutherans in North America and overseas, responding to the Gospel call to be peacemakers and justice seekers.  LPF offers a wide range of expertise, encouragement and resources, plus a very effective “Youth Work” program.

 

Muslim Peace Fellowship

Based in Nyack, New York, where it is affiliated with Fellowship Of Reconciliation, The Muslim Peace Fellowship promotes peacemaking and nonviolence among Muslim communities and offers non-Muslims throughout North America important opportunities to understand and collaborate with Islamic groups.

 

Pax Christi USA

Based in Erie, Pennsylvania, Pax Christi USA explores, articulates, and witnesses to the call of Christian nonviolence, beginning in personal life and extending to communities of reflection and action to transform structures of society.  Pax Christi USA rejects every form of violence and domination and advocates for the primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, and respect for creation.

 

Pace E Bene

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, this faith-based nonviolent education and resistance effort centers around the Nevada Test Site.  Pace E Bene's From Violence to Wholeness program and resource on learning and living Christian nonviolence is especially helpful and challenging.

 

Peace Abbey

One of our special places of peace,” the Peace Abbey is dedicated to creating innovative models for society that empower individuals on the paths of nonviolence, peacemaking and cruelty-free living.  They offer a variety of programs and resources that teach, inspire and encourage one to speak out and act on issues of peace and social justice.

 

Peace & Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA

Its mission is to proclaim and promote God's desire for justice (Micah 6:8), Christ's call to peacemaking (Matthew 5:9), and the Spirit's reconciling work (Ephesians 2:11-22).

 

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

Affiliated with FOR in Nyack, New York, Presbyterian Peace Fellowship supports and challenges Presbyterians' use their prophetic voice to confront unjust relationships of power and advocate for peace, justice, the integrity of creation, and the full inclusion of all God's people in church and society.

 

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

Based in Louisville, Kentucky, The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program provides advocacy directives, educational and worship resources, and networking opportunities for its Presbyterian constituencies on a wide range of domestic and international justice and peace issues.

 

Shalom Center

A progressive Jewish center of reflection, worship and action on Middle East issues, the aftermath of 9/11, and environmental and personal stewardship.  Rabbi Art Waskow’s periodic reflections are extremely insightful for both Jews and other people of faith.

 

SojoNet

SojoNet is the online presence of Sojourners, a Christian ministry whose mission is to proclaim and practice the biblical call to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice.   Rooted in the solid ground of prophetic biblical tradition, Sojourners is a progressive Christian voice that preaches compassion, community, and commitment. 

 

Tikkun Community

The Tikkun Community is a progressive, Jewish-led coalition promoting an alternative vision and implementation steps toward a truly global community.

 

 

 

 

 

Advocacy and/or Direct Action Organizations

 

 

More Websites addressing issues of violence and offering opportunities to take action on the violence of poverty, gun violence, violence in the media, violence in schools, domestic violence, hate violence & racism, the violence of terrorism & war.

 

Children’s Defense Fund

Founded in 1973 and based in Washington, DC, The Children's Defense Fund provides a strong and effective voice for all the children of America, especially poor and minority children and those with disabilities.  They also offer comprehensive and effectively presented data on poverty and children.

 

DISARM Education Fund

Founded in 1976 as a gun-control group, DISARM has broadened its mission and transformed into an internationally recognized advocacy and medical assistance organization, focused especially on Central America and the U.S. government embargo on Cuba.

 

EarthAction

EarthAction is building a global action alert network of over 1,800 organizations and community groups in more than 140 countries, mobilizing people simultaneously around the planet to speak out for a better world.

 

Military Families Speak Out

Military Families Speak Out provides support for military families opposing the war on Iraq.

 

National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund

Based in Washington, DC, the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund is a membership-funded non-profit which campaigns for a law which would allow conscientious objectors to pay their full federal income taxes without funding the military.

 

National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee

Based in Brooklyn, New York, formed in 1982, the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committe is a coalition of groups from across the U.S. that provides information and support to people involved in or considering some form of war tax resistance.

 

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

These families promote peaceful alternatives in response to the deaths of their family members in the September 11th tragedy.

 

Voices for Creative Nonviolence

The Voices for Creative Nonviolence started as a nonviolent presence in Iraq challenging US and UN economic sanctions.  They now continue their presence in Iraq, challenging US post-war policies, plus a presence in Gaza, Pakistan, and with Iraqi refuges in Jordan and Syria.

 

War Resisters League

Based in New York City and committed to end war and the causes of war, the War Resisters League advocates for nonviolent alternatives to a militarized public policy both domestically and internationally.  They publish the excellent annual Federal Budget Pie: Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes.

 
 
 
 
 
Educational Organizations for Peace, Justice & the Environment

 

 

A Season for Nonviolence

Co-founded and convened by the Association for Global New Thought and based in Santa Barbara, California, Season for Nonviolence is a national 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities.  Inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this international event honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world.

 

Center for Service-Learning and Social Change
The Center seeks to empower youth, and adults who work with youth, in the understanding and practical application of "service-learning" methodology, with a focus on all dimensions of the process of social change.  Among its services, the Center provides consultation, training, and a variety of resources.  Based in central Minnesota, the Center also seeks to collaborate with similar efforts throughout the state and beyond.

 

Concerned Educators Allied for a Safe Environment

Founded by Peggy Schirmer and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Concerned Educators Allied for a Safe Environment networks and supports early childhood educators in teaching peace. 

 

Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

Founded in 1989 by Arun Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi's grandson) and his wife Sunanda at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, the M. K. Gandhi Institute has now moved to the University of Rochester (NY), where it continues to promote and apply the principles of nonviolence locally, nationally, and globally, to prevent violence and resolve personal and public conflicts through research, education, and programming.

 

Learning Peace

Features the work of author, Naomi Drew, who has written several books on peacemaking. Learning Peace provides valuable information for teachers, parents, and anyone interested in creating peace in their homes, schools, families, and beyond.  Find out how you can get involved in the Race to Peace.

 

Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation

Based in Adelaide, South Australia, the Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation documents, supports, develops and presents peace-building possibilities based on storytelling processes for adults and children in local communities worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family, Youth, and Children’s Organizations with a Peace Orientation

 

Baby Bloc

Based in Tacoma, Washington, this family activist network publishes a Baby Bloc journal and maintains a website to help parents integrate their activism with raising their children.

 

Center for Ministry Development

Founded in 1978 and based in Naugutauk, Connecticut, the Center for Ministry Development trains leaders in family, youth, and parish ministry, promotes social justice with youth, and creates a variety of resources for these ministries, including its Generations of Faith program.

 

The Children’s Peace Pavilion

Located in Independence, Missouri, at the headquarters of the Community of Christ, the Pavilion was established in 1995 as a “special place” where children and youth of all faiths come to experience what it means to be peacemakers.  The Pavilion offers unique hands-on, inquiry-based exhibits on the themes of Peace for Me, Peace for Us, Peace for Everyone, and Peace for the Planet. 

 

Christian Family Movement

The Christian Family Movement is both a national and international network of families who meet in small parish or neighborhood groups to put their Christian faith into practice at home and in service to the needs of their communities, nations, and world.

 

Kids Peace

Since 1892, this national center has been helping kids develop the confidence and skills they need to overcome crisis by providing specialized residential treatment services and a comprehensive range of treatment programs and educational services to help families help kids anticipate and avoid crisis whenever possible.

 

Kids as Peacemakers

Kids As Peacemakers Inc was founded in 1999 "to reduce violence and foster the development of child-friendly communities." They encourage churches, synagogues and schools to talk about peacemaking with their youngsters and create "peace murals" for public display. Their other creative programs include an Annual Gift Flyer for choosing positive gifts for children, Violent Toy Turn-Ins, and Family Play Days.

 

Little Friends for Peace

Based in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, Little Friends for Peace encourages nonviolence in children and families by offering playful skill building and peacemaking programs,  training programs for adult and teen leaders, and a variety of peacemaking and peace camp resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonviolent Peacekeeping Groups

 

Nonviolent Peaceforce
The Nonviolent Peaceforce is an unarmed, peace-keeping force composed of trained civilians from around the world.  In partnership with local groups, Nonviolent Peaceforce members use nonviolent strategies to protect human rights, deter violence, and help create space for local peacemakers to carry out their work. 

 

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Christian Peacemaker Teams offers an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal inter-group conflict.  They provide organizational support to persons committed to faith-based nonviolent alternatives in situations where lethal conflict is an immediate reality or is supported by public policy.

 

Witness for Peace

Witness for Peace is a politically independent, grassroots organization, committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience.  Witness for Peace supports peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing US policies and corporate practices which contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

Voices for Creative Nonviolence

The Voices for Creative Nonviolence started as a nonviolent presence in Iraq challenging US and UN economic sanctions.  They now continue their presence in Iraq, challenging US post-war policies, plus a presence in Gaza, Pakistan, and with Iraqi refuges in Jordan and Syria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Special Places of Peace” to Visit & Stay

 

The Peace Abbey

        The Peace Abbey was begun in 1988 by Lewis Randa and is located on the grounds of the Life Experience School in Sherborn, Massachusetts, which Lewis began in 1972 as his “alternative service” as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War.  The Peace Abbey is a shrine to faith-filled peacemakers, an interfaith chapel, and a small retreat center, where individuals have been nourished in the spirit of “Franciscan Quakerism.”   The spirits and legacies of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Kennedy, and Archbishop Oscar Romero permeate the place.

        Lewis and Meg Randa are truly unique people who have created an experience of peacemaking at the Abbey and its many different programs.  The Abbey

  • Offers in its multi-faith chapel a sacred environment which holds the icons, symbols, sculptures and texts of the twelve major faith traditions

  •  Provides conference and retreat space

  •  Presents the Courage of Conscience Award

  •  Maintains the Pacifist Memorial where dozens of visitors daily walk the walls of the Pacifist Memorial, reading the quotes from men and women who lived their lives as pacifists and activists; 

  • Administers the National Registry for Conscientious Objectors, RATC (Reserve Activist Training Corps), Citycare and the Greater Boston Vegetarian Resource Library

  • Operates the Veganpeace Animal Sanctuary and honors Emily the Sacred Cow with the Animal Rights Memorial

  • Maintains a Guesthouse, the Greenhouse Café, and a coffeehouse with monthly programs providing both entertainment and inspiration

  • Provides space for the New England Peace Studies Association

  • Sponsors Stonewalk, a Memorial for Unknown Civilians Killed in War

  • Conducts a Meditation Service each Sunday in the Quaker Meeting Room

  • Maintains the Pacifist Living History Museum

  • Administers the Life Experience School for students with special needs

  • Oversees a group home for adults with disabilities

        The Abbey Guesthouse offers a wonderful “bed and breakfast” experience for a night, a weekend, or a week, whatever it takes for visitors to renew their spirits and their passion and commitment to peacemaking.  Being with Lewis and Meg and their animal friends and other visitors, or all alone with the spirit of the Abbey, is a truly memorable experience. 

        If you want to spend time at the Peace Abbey, write to Lewis and Meg Randa at 2 N. Main St., Sherborn, MA 01770; or call them at (508) 650-3659.

 

 

Jubilee Partners

        Founded by Don Mosley and five others and based in Comer, Georgia, Jubilee has a staff of about 25 adults and a dozen children. About half of the adults are "resident partners," for whom this is a year-round home. The rest are seasonal "volunteers," who may live and work at Jubilee anywhere from three months to a year. In addition, there may be up to 20 or 25 refugees from Sudan, Afghanistan, or other countries that have been ravaged by war. And finally, there is a steady stream of visitors from many places, up to 2,000 a year.  A major part of the staff's time and energy goes into welcoming and hosting refugees from more than twenty countries.  Volunteers are an essential part of this exciting process. Giving freely to others while here, most leave richer than when they came.

        Jubilee’s overseas programs include extensive involvement with Habitat for Humanity, especially in the Middle East; the All Our Children effort with the National Council of the Churches of Christ to provide medical help for the children of Iraq ; and the “Walk in Peace” program promoting justice, peace, and healing in Nicaragua. This campaign began by responding to the victims who lost their legs to landmines.

        For the “Jubilee Story” in writing, read With Our Own Eyes - the dramatic account of a Christian response to the wounds of war, racism, and oppression. It tells the story of how our community has striven to follow Jesus and be peacemakers in a world of violence. Through those efforts, God has blessed us again and again!

        Don and his family and the whole Jubilee community are truly remarkable people who have been faithful to the call to Christian peacemaking, nonviolent direct action, and global humanitarian service for decades.

        If you are interested in visiting Jubilee Partners or becoming one of their volunteers, write to them at Jubilee Partners, P.O. Box 68 Comer, GA 30629; or call them at (706) 783-5131.