We champion nonviolence as the foundation for effective programs and actions to promote the dignity of every human being.


Note from Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of showing up for ourselves and for others. Although the ways we show up may look different now than they did a year ago, as we continue to safely gather in virtual spaces and communities, the acts of stepping into our individual and collective agency and speaking our truths feels more important than ever. And this starts with showing up.

This week, I encourage you to show up and take care of yourself so that you can show up and take care of others. From a place of presence and commitment to our own and others’ lives, we can continue the work of creating a world where all people are safe, free, and have the opportunity to thrive.

Partnering with The People’s Inauguration has been a highlight of 2021 at Friends for a NonViolent World. Valarie Kaur and a community of global thought leaders, movement leaders, and faith leaders have come together for a phenomenal series called “10 Days to Activate Revolutionary Love." The series continues through January 31st, with each day featuring a core teaching from Valarie and a live interview with global visionaries. If you haven’t already, sign up to attend one or more of these free events here.

We’ll be digging into the ideas and tools from The People’s Inauguration at our Whatcha Wednesdays over the next two months. We’ve just begun this journey this past week, and I can’t wait to learn alongside all of you in the coming weeks. Check out the full details below. I invite you to show up for this series with the FNVW community and invite a friend or family member to join you!

“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” -Brené Brown

Keep showing up,
Miranda Dils, Volunteer Engagement Specialist


The People's Inauguration Whatcha Wednesday Series

Join FNVW for a Whatcha Wednesday series inspired by The People’s Inauguration - "10 Days to Activate Revolutionary Love" virtual event! FNVW is partnering with The People's Inauguration to engage and amplify the critical work of rebuilding our nation. In this series, we’ll ground ourselves in the ethic of revolutionary love — love for others, for our opponents, and for ourselves. We’ll focus on a different core teaching each week, using Valarie Kaur’s recorded videos as a guide. The order of our series will correspond with the 10-day online journey (e.g., “Week 1” corresponds with “Day 1”).  Check out the full lineup here. If you’re interested in co-facilitating one of these sessions, please reach out to Miranda Dils (miranda@fnvw.org) - we’d love to work with you.

We kicked the series off this week with a session on "Wonder." We practiced and discussed cultivating a sense of wonder towards others' lives and experiences and understanding wonder as the foundation for love, justice, and an anti-racist practice. Check out the group photo below and join in on the fun next week!

Week 2 - Grieve

We’ll explore how sharing grief in the face of violence and injustice builds new relationships, creates deep solidarity, and gives us information for our role in the fight for justice (from TPI website).

When: Wednesday, February 3, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Facilitated by Miranda Dils and Leah Robshaw Robinson.

Week 3 - Fight

We’ll learn to harness the fight impulse so that our love becomes a force for justice (from TPI website).

When: Wednesday, February 10, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Facilitated by Miranda Dils and Leah Robshaw Robinson.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96162676801?pwd=Q3ZOWCtGTE1WMEJLbG96NmpHVDNpZz09

Meeting ID: 961 6267 6801
Password: 655383

Call-In Option: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)


Volunteer Opportunity Corner

We will feature volunteer position openings at FNVW in a "Volunteer Opportunity Corner" in each e-letter.

FNVW Volunteer Position Opening! FNVW Board Member

There's never been a better time to join FNVW's Board of Directors! The Board is responsible for developing, defining, and reviewing the organization’s mission and for providing overall leadership and strategic direction to the organization. Board Members are stewards of the organization’s vision, mission, and resources. The Board actively sets policy, ensures that the organization has adequate resources to carry out its mission, provides direct oversight and direction for the Executive Director and the organization as a whole, and evaluates its own effectiveness as a governing body. 

Contact FNVW's Board Chair Brucie Hawkins at brucie@fnvw.org for more information.



Save the Date! People Camp 2021

August 8-14

Northern Pines Retreat Center

People Camp is a week-long transformative experience of cooperation, community living, peacemaking, and the exploration of ideas and issues. This is a summer camp experience for the whole family and for anyone who enjoys warm, supportive community, challenging workshops, and lots of recreation in a camp setting. The theme for People Camp 2021 is Seeking Justice in a Changing World. Would you be interested in leading a workshop on a topic related to this theme? Please contact PJ Hoffman if you're interested or have questions: pj.hoffman@comcast.net.  


Monthly Virtual Singalongs

Join us for an FNVW Singalong on the last Friday of the month. Led by Maria Musachio, PJ Hoffman, and friends. You can also lead some of the songs - let us know!

When: Friday, January 29, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting: http://bit.ly/zoomsingalong

Meeting ID: 995 6883 3010
Password: 067324

Call-In Option: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)


Take Action - Queries

Following last week's Presidential Inauguration, we offer these queries adopted from The People’s Inauguration Oath: 

"What is my role in healing, reimagining, and rebuilding our country?" 

"How can I use revolutionary love to preserve, protect, and defend dignity, justice, and joy for myself and all those around me?" 

To help answer these queries, check out one or more of the 10 Days to Activate Revolutionary Love events online. Or, better yet, participate in FNVW's Whatcha Wednesday series on this topic!


Calvary Baptist Church Grant

We are excited to announce that FNVW is the recipient of a $900 Mission Partnership Grant from Calvary Baptist Church. Calvary is a congregation of people of all kinds of backgrounds, experiences, and dreams. Located in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis, Calvary seeks to be a place of healing, celebration, and honest inquiry. Their grant dollars will help fund the printing and distribution of our new Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Newsletter. You can check out the first edition of the newsletter here. Thank you, Calvary Baptist Church, for your support of FNVW's work!





COVID-19 in Minnesota Prisons

As of 1.26.21, there are 3,864 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Minnesota state prison facilities, along with 11 Covid-19-related inmate deaths. The Department of Corrections posts daily on their website with updated numbers. Find other updates here.





Upcoming Events

  • January 28 - 31: The People's Inauguration Events
  • Friday, January 29: Virtual Singalong, 7-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 3: The People's Inauguration Whatcha Wednesday Series - Week 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 10: The People's Inauguration Whatcha Wednesday Series - Week 3, 10-11:30 a.m.

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