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


Note from Executive Director

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." -Semisonic

This week we say goodbye to Volunteer Engagement Specialist Miranda Dils. We wish her well as she begins her new job as the Minneapolis/St. Paul Coordinator at Quaker Voluntary Service. Miranda's contributions will live on at FNVW long into the future. Thank you for everything, Miranda!

Miranda's departure creates the opportunity to hire a new Volunteer Engagement Specialist. Please help spread the word about this dynamic, creative and very rewarding job opportunity. Read on for more details about this job posting and other FNVW happenings.

With revolutionary love, 


People Camp 2021: Seeking Justice in a Changing World

August 7-14 at Northern Pines Retreat Center

Click above to watch the video.

People Camp is almost here! Watch our video above to learn why we are excited about camp this year. It's not too late to sign up. Contact Brenda Grove with registration questions at: 612-724-3429. Sign up here: People Camp 2021 Registration Form

Check out the People Camp Guide and Ways to Participate at People Camp resources to see what's in store for this year!

Because of the unique multi-generation experience at People Camp, we are working especially hard to make the environment safe for everyone. Learn more here: People Camp Covid Update.


Job Opening! Volunteer Engagement Specialist

FNVW is hiring a new part-time Volunteer Engagement Specialist! This dynamic role develops opportunities for volunteers to be deeply engaged in every facet of FNVW's work. The Volunteer Engagement Specialist is responsible for recruiting, training and supporting new FNVW volunteers and student interns. They also play a key role in planning, implementing, organizing and coordinating the volunteer and community engagement opportunities that drive FNVW's mission forward. FNVW is eager to hire that special person who can build on the organization’s strong volunteer program and help realize its potential for growth. Please spread the word about this exciting job opportunity!

Find application information and a complete job description here: FNVW Volunteer Engagement Specialist Job Opening


Bring FNVW to National Night Out



National Night Out (NNO) takes place every year on the first Tuesday in August. NNO events are social, neighborhood gatherings with a special focus on building relationships that keep your neighborhood safe. FNVW's programs are a great resource for neighbors wanting to reimagine community safety on their street! Please sign up here or email leah@fnvw.org to request an FNVW resource packet filled with information you can share at your neighborhood's NNO event. Thanks for helping FNVW champion nonviolence in our community.


Memorial Service for Ralph Hilgendorf

Ralph Hilgendorf, beloved longtime member of Twin Cities Friends Meeting and then Prospect Hill Friends Meeting, passed away on June 7th. Ralph provided tremendous support to FNVW over the years in various roles, including serving on the Board of Directors, the People Camp Planning Committee, and as the Director of People Camp for at least one year. He is probably the People Camp attendee with the most years in attendance. Please join us in holding his family in the Light during this grieving period.

Memorial Meeting for Worship in the manner of
Friends will be held at Friends School of Minnesota,
1365 Englewood Ave, St. Paul on Saturday, July 17th from 1:00-2:15 p.m., followed by fellowship until 4:00 p.m. Email dhaivyd@gmail.com to participate virtually. Donations in Ralph's name are appreciated to Scattergood School, Friends School of Minnesota, Friends for a NonViolent World, or Twin Cities Friends Meeting. Condolences may be sent to Kay Hilgendorf at 1701 Englewood Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104.


Volunteer Opportunity Corner

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

Volunteer Shifts at Emergence Festival on July 24th

What: The Emergence Festival is meant to celebrate what we can become — what we’ve learned about ourselves, others, and our world during the pandemic — how we can come together as a community to support and promote behaviors that will advance racial justice, protect ecosystems, and reduce our carbon footprints. It’s also an opportunity to connect with other organizations as potential partners and motivate others to join in the work we do, however they are able. FNVW will be hosting a station and sharing information and ways to get involved with festival attendees. We are looking for people to help make this happen - sign up for a tabling shift below!

When: Saturday, July 24, 2:00-6:00 p.m. CDT, set-up begins at noon (tentative rain date: July 31)

Where: Lake Como Walking Path in St. Paul

Sign Up: Add your name and contact information to the sheet below so that we can coordinate plans. Reach out to Leah at leah@fnvw.org with questions.

Emergence Festival Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet



Take Action - Community Conversations with ISAIAH

ISAIAH, a nonpartisan coalition of faith communities fighting for racial and economic justice in Minnesota, is organizing around two proposed amendments to the Minneapolis city charter that are on the ballot for the November 2021 election. These two amendments - creating a new Department of Public Safety and a path to Rent Stabilization - align with ISAIAH's vision for a city where everyone is safe, treated with dignity, and can thrive, regardless of race, income, or zip code. ISAIAH's vision aligns with FNVW's mission and recent work towards reimagining community safety. This summer, organizers are getting the word out about these charter amendments by facilitating community conversations and inviting their networks to organize their own house meetings, church forums, backyard gatherings, etc.

Check out this calendar to sign up for a community conversation hosted by ISAIAH! We also have an opportunity to organize our own gathering as FNVW volunteers with the Quaker community. Reach out to Leah at leah@fnvw.org if you're interested in collaborating with us! 




COVID-19 in Minnesota Prisons

As of 7.13.21, there are 0 active cases of Covid-19 in Minnesota state prison facilities. Vaccination reporting by facility is included below. The Department of Corrections posts daily on their website with updated numbers. Find other updates here.




This is a historic moment where communities are re-imagining public safety and how we live in relationship with one another. Now is the time to support the principles and practices of nonviolence that FNVW's programs champion. There is a lot FNVW can accomplish in 2021 with your financial support!


Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, July 24: Emergence Festival, 2-6 p.m.

Friends for a NonViolent World
393 N Dunlap Street Suite #450E | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
(651) 917-0383 | info@fnvw.org

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