• Spring Assembly

    Spring Assembly

    “Embracing Conflict -Imagining Equitable Sustainability”Western Washington FOR’s 21st Annual Spring AssemblySaturday, April 6th., 2019, from 9:00 am to 3:45 pm. Registration begins 9 am, program 10 am – 3:45 pmat Fauntleroy UCC Church, 9104 California Ave SW, West Seattle. Pre-register now! NEWSFLASH 3/29/19 Schedule and Workshop Descriptions now available!  Click here We will build on Kazu Haga’s work in determining that conflict itself is neither negative nor positive, but an opportunity to understandothers’ viewpoints and actions — if we take the opportunity to listen with care. Information flyer can be viewed or downloaded here (2-page pdf file) Please pre-register now!  Send registration info by March 29, by email, postal mail, or phone, wwfor@wwfor.org, 206-789-5565 or WWFOR, 225 N 70th St,…

  • Fall Retreat

    2018 Fall Retreat Saturday November 17, 2018  at Gwinwood Conference Center in Lacey “Displacement, Resilience, and Healing:  Bridging Our Diverse Communities with Respect, Understanding, & Solidarity” Click HERE for new flyer & email registration info. REGISTER NOW! It will help the planners know how much food to bring.  But come anyway, even if you are unable to pre-register. Saturday, November 17, 2018 Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation’s FALL RETREAT 9 AM to 10 AM Registration sign-in, literature tables, coffee and tea, and social time 10 AM to 5 PM Program starts at 10 AM and runs to 5 PM. (It’s OK to attend only part of the day if that will better fit your schedule!) LATEST MESSAGE from Fall Retreat…

  • FOR Seabeck Conference Brochure and Registration Form Now Available

    Go to http://www.wwfor.org/3499-2/ for links to view or download the conference brochure and registration form and some basic information about the July 1-4, 2017, FOR Regional Conference at Seabeck!  As of this writing, brochures are at the printer and should arrive in the mail soon.  If you are not on the WWFOR mailing list, you can request a paper brochure by calling 206-789-5565 or emailing wwfor@wwfor.org

  • Seabeck 2016: Whidbey Island FOR Part of a Greater “Beloved Community”

    July 2, 2016 Friends, I am writing this evening from Seabeck, WA, where I am attending a conference of the Fellowship of Reconciliation where we are also celebrating the venerable international organization’s 100th anniversary. FOR was initially founded in the fall of 1915 by a German and an Englishman at the outset of WWI as they vowed on a handshake that “no matter what happens, nothing is changed between us” and refused to be enemies. The FOR is best known for its persevering commitment to nonviolence, efforts at reconciliation, and opposition to racism, militarism and war. The Whidbey Island Fellowship of Reconciliation, which we founded on Whidbey in 2010, is a subchapter of the Western Washington FOR, which is a…

  • Report on 2015-16 Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship

    Report on 2015-16 Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship By Bruce Pruitt-Hamm  Background After sponsoring and organizing the Peace Activist Trainee Program for 14 years under the leadership of Mike and Ruth Yarrow, with WWFOR Organizer Ellen Finkelstein as the Lead Trainer and Director, the Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation faced the dismal prospect that this program might have to be laid down for several reasons. First, Mike and Ruth Yarrow were compelled to retreat from active leadership in the program when Mike had a recurrence of his colon cancer. His death on June 2, 2014 ultimately led to Ruth moving back to Ithaca to be closer to her children. Second, Ellen Finkelstein was reluctantly laid off by the WWFOR in October…

  • Seabeck Conference 2015 – Activist Fair

    Sunday Morning Activist Fair: A Quasi Open Space Session This is a session for us to share information, express opinions, accomplish quick actions, and plan actions that will occur after the conference. Attendees of all ages are invited to participate. Let’s use this opportunity to strengthen the links between us and between the issues we care about. o  Some issue you’d like to tell others about? Perhaps it hasn’t been included in any workshops. Set up a table with informative literature and invite all to hear about it. Why is it important and how does it relate to other issues? o  Want to share opinions about some activist issue? Set up with some chairs and invite others to sit and…

  • Seabeck Conference 2015 – Registration

    Pre-registration is required! Online Registration for Seabeck 2015 is available through our partner Oregon FOR at  http://forseabeck.org Note that if you register online, you will be given the option of mailing in a check, or paying online. In the latter option, there will be a processing fee. Or else you can register by mail by downloading the registration form (PDF), printing (2 pages) and mailing it to:  Louise Lansberry, Seabeck Registrar 2007 NE 107th St Seattle WA 98125 Help us spread the word by downloading and posting the flyer in your local coffeehouse, church, or community center. Further Information Western Washington FOR: 206-789-5565   wwfor@wwfor.org   www.wwfor.org Oregon FOR: Janet Hawkins 503-244-7703 janetchawkins@msn.com   www.ofor.org To contact the Conference Registrar directly: Louise Lansberry…

  • Seabeck Conference 2015 – Keynote Speakers

    Keynote 1: “Transformational Justice: Weaving the Tapestry of  a Harmonious Ecosystem That Affirms ALL Lives.” Between corporate domination and pathological individualism, the US society has paved a path wrought with devaluation of nature and humanity. However, there are many signs that people are recognizing that we are headed in the wrong direction and are pushing back against oppression and re-envisioning systems and community. Through intentional efforts toward systems change coupled with local efforts to build cohesive, sustainable communities, hope is emerging that we can transform the harmful economic, political, cultural, and social norms in a way that affirms all lives and our collective interdependence with nature. Currently the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice, Jacqui Patterson, MSW, MPH,…

  • Seabeck Conference 2015 – Workshop Descriptions

    1 – 10 Ways YOU Can Advance a Sustainable Planet that Uplifts All Rights for All People! Whether it’s our full time job, a group to which we belong, an activity we do occasionally, and/or the way we live our lives, we all have a role to play in creating and sustaining an equitable and sustainable planet. This workshop will provide guidance on large, medium, and small ways we can each contribute to the society in which we want to live, including sharing examples of ways that communities, groups, and individuals are already executing these roles and activities! Jacqueline Patterson 2 – The Gospel Is Not a Neutral Term. How can people of faith radically oppose the systematic oppression of…