There are many ways to Join IFOR
Please explore the options below to find a method that works for you or your organization
Become a member of a national branch or affiliate organization
Member organizations have different qualifications for membership. If you want to join an IFOR Branch, please go to that branch’s website and explore what is required to become a member.
Become a member of IFOR
The International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) is an international, spiritually-based movement of people who, from the basis of a belief in the power of love and truth to create justice and restore community, commit themselves to active nonviolence as a way of life and as a means of transformation–personal, social, economic and political.* If this statement represents you and who you are committed to being in the world then we invite you to become a member of IFOR. Please tell us a little more about you in the form below to express you commitment to the values expressed above.
*Do you feel like the statement above almost expresses your values but you have questions or concerns? Feel free to contact us.
There is no required donation for being a member of IFOR, however, the recommended donation for those who are able is €50.00. If you cannot afford this amount, do not feel discouraged from membership. We accept whatever contribution that you can offer in community with the other members of IFOR in our effort to build a more peaceful and just world.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am not religious, am I still welcomed in IFOR?
IFOR began as a movement of people who were inspired by their faith to resist war. Faith and spirituality remain an important part of our collective identity. However, not all of our members would identify as religious and we leave it to you to define your own relationship to spirituality and how it relates to your commitment to nonviolence. Historically, people of similar convictions who wanted a community of support that did not place faith as a central feature of their work, have felt more at home in our sister organization War Resisters International.
I believe in nonviolence but I don’t identify with or relate to being a pacifist, can I be at home in IFOR?
Pacifism means different things to different people. Similar to other words like anarchism for example, its popular meaning has been much maligned under the weight of opposing views. Nonetheless, some members of IFOR feel more comfortable with nonviolence than pacifism and most members of IFOR will insist that by using either word, they mean an active engagement against unjust systems and structures. In IFOR's history people have used the expressions like Revolutionary Pacifism and Active Nonviolence to clarify what they mean.
Does your organization want to become a member of the IFOR Network?
Great! The process for your organization becoming a member of IFOR begins with us getting to know each other. Please complete the form below.
To become a full member (also known as a branch of IFOR) your organization will need to be approved by an International Council. Councils are scheduled for every 4 years.
To become an associate member (a group or affiliate) you can be approved by the representative consultative committee.
You can download a copy of the IFOR policies and procedures concerning membership here.
Start a branch of IFOR in your country
If you share our values and see the need for an organization committed to this work in your country, we would love to work with you to discuss beginning a branch of IFOR. We will support you at every step of the way. Please contact us and tell us a little more about who you are, what you want to do, and why.