New Director for FoR

The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FoR), has appointed John Cooper to the new role of Director from 1st May 2019.  In this post, John will provide leadership for the Fellowship in its future campaigning, education work and engagement with churches.

Richard Bickle, Chair of Trustees said:

“We are delighted that John has accepted our offer to take up this new position.  We believe that his experience of church engagement and fundraising, together with a personal commitment to Christian peace-making will enable us to increase the reach and impact of our work.“

The work of the Fellowship consists of projects that deliver education about Christian peace-making, creation and delivery of training in ways to respond to violence, campaigning against the causes of conflict and creating links with other branches of the Fellowship around the world.

John Cooper said:

“FoR is a challenging and inspiring movement to be part of. I look forward to taking up this role and helping the Fellowship bring alive the promise of peace and the power of non-violence.”

John started work for the Fellowship in November 2018 as Development Manager and in that time has laid the groundwork for a podcast, begun to explore questions of diversity in the peace movement, written a strategy for the Fellowship’s campaigning and advocacy work and spent time talking and listening with other groups in the peace movement.

John previously worked for FoR as a fundraiser for their International Peacemaker Fund. His varied church-based career has also included working for Christian Aid, the Joint Public Issues Team and All We Can (then Methodist Relief and Development Fund). He has a commitment to an active church that engages on issues in the public square. He is training to be a local preacher in the Methodist Church and a member of The Cotteridge Church, in South Birmingham.

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