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 authors 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
FORits religious roots, its comprehensive moral
actions through the years, and its indispensable role in
our collective futurebut also a manifesto of hope
for those of us who still dream of a beloved community
emerging out of our broken world."
"Dekars history of the FOR
gives compelling witness to the organizations
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."
It is my privilege to commend this fine
history to you.
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.
Market: Anyonefrom scholars, students, pastors, church leaders, and politicians through general readersinterested 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.
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