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CREATING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY
A Journey with the Fellowship of Reconcilation


Paul R. Dekar

Foreword by Donald B. Kraybill


Summary: This history of the Fellowship of Reconciliation in the United States shows that FOR members have been practical dreamers, both imagining a more peaceful world and working to realize the dream. FOR has inspired and empowered generations of peacemakers working to replace cultures of violence and war with cultures of nonviolence. Creating the Beloved Community grows out of the author’s 40-year involvement with the peace movement, including experience as a founder of the peace studies program at McMaster University. Dekar has combined personal acquaintance with FOR and careful research to produce a history both passionate and thorough.

"With compassion and conviction, Dekar has written not only an engaging narrative of the FOR—its religious roots, its comprehensive moral actions through the years, and its indispensable role in our collective future—but also a manifesto of hope for those of us who still dream of a beloved community emerging out of our broken world."
—Michael G. Long, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Elizabethtown College; Author of Martin Luther King Jr. on Creative Living

"Dekar’s history of the FOR gives compelling witness to the organization’s persistent peacemaking over its 90 years of existence. Weaving together fascinating stories of individual peace activists, local groups, nonviolent movements, and organizational developments, Dekar urges that FOR has consistently opposed war as it has also moved to broad engagement in efforts to create conditions of justice and a culture of peace."
—Peter R. Gathje, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Christian Brothers University

It is my privilege to commend this fine history to you.
—Pat Clark, Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation, in the Preface

Creating the Beloved Community . . . speaks to all ages, to all who reject the means of violence to break and kill and the simplistic bifurcation of the world into good guys and bad ones. It is a story for all who live and witness in the enduring hope of reaching the beloved community.
—Donald B. Kraybill, author of The Upside-Down Kingdom and Senior Fellow, The Young Center, Elizabethtown College, in the Foreword

Market: Anyone—from scholars, students, pastors, church leaders, and politicians through general readers—interested in the first book-length treatment of the history of FOR and its values.

Shelving: Pacifism and Peacemaking; Nonviolence; Social Justice; Public Policy; BISAC: Religion. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics.

The Author: Paul R. Dekar, Memphis, Tennessee, is Niswonger Professor at Memphis Theological Seminary and Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis. In addition to teacher, he is a peacemaker, social activist, and visionary. Over a 30-year teaching career, he has sought to unite scholarship, spirituality, and a passion for transformative peacemaking. Dekar has taught introductory and elective courses in peace studies, religious studies, history, and theology at universities in Australia, Canada, and the United States.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House (the new name of Pandora Press U.S.)
Copublisher: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA
Tentative Publication date: September 30, 2005
Approximate Pages: 326
Format: 6 x 9 trade paper
Prices: $23.95 US, $35.95 Can.
ISBN: 1-931038-30-9

 

 
 

 
 

             
             
             
           

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