Updated: May 2
I Stand For UNITY
FOR (Friends of Reconciliation, Inc.), is committed to the work of personal growth that will aid in racial healing and reconciliation. Racial reconciliation is the act of building social trust between people of different ethnic backgrounds who are strained by fear, mistrust and division. FOR believes that in order to create the standard of unity in America, we must be louder about the virtues that we stand for.
Therefore, as a friend of reconciliation, I stand FOR the following virtues:
LOVE- I have a heartfelt connection and a great appreciation towards all of mankind. See John 15:12
JUSTICE- I know that every human life deserves to be defended and treated with dignity. See 2 Samuel 23:3-4
FORGIVENESS- I choose to release resentment towards others and/or myself for the offense(s) that have been committed. See Matthew 6:12 and 1 John 1:9
REPENTANCE- I believe that a changed heart and mind must bear evidence of transformation. See Matthew 3:8 and Matthew Chapter 7:15-20
REDEMPTION- I believe that every person can change their life if they are willing. See Colossians 1:10-14
UNITY- I believe that my family, community and nation are stronger when we join in oneness towards a common goal. See 1 Corinthians 1:10
EQUITY AND EQUALITY- I believe that all citizens deserve to be positioned to succeed and thrive. See Isaiah 61:1-4 and Psalm 67:4
IMPARTIALITY- As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed, I will not judge a person by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. See Jeremiah 17:10
I commit to uphold these virtues in my conversations and in my treatment towards others. I believe that my greatest contribution towards racial healing is my commitment to become a more loving human being.
"After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands."
What is a friend of reconciliation?
A friend of reconciliation supports our mission to help America reach racial reconciliation in our lifetime by living in agreement with the virtues listed in the "I Stand For Unity" declaration.
As friends of reconciliation, we love others by treating them the way we want to be treated. We commit to personal growth in Jesus Christ so that we are empowered to shine His Light and hope for redemption in our dark world.
It is important for our friends to speak louder about what we stand for, than what we are against, as we also raise awareness for the need of racial healing.
What is FOR's (Friends of Reconciliation, Inc.) mission? FOR's mission is to serve Southeast Michigan and America in reaching racial reconciliation through inner healing and personal growth with faith-based community outreach events, the creative arts, social skills training and inspirational resources. Our Innerwork Shops® will launch in spring 2020.
Is FOR a 501(c)(3)?
We are a Christian nonprofit organization. We are intentionally NOT a 501(c)(3) in order to have full access to the inspirational resources that serves the purpose for our mission.
Will my donation be tax deductible?
Your donation will be put to great use in our mission to help America reach racial reconciliation in our lifetime. It would not be tax exempt, but greatly appreciated. We pray that God will multiply our donor’s financial resources.
How can I make a donation?
Online- at https://www.wearefor.love/donate By mail, sending check/money order to:
Friends of Reconciliation, Inc P.O. Box 430184 Pontiac, MI 48343.
How long has FOR been in business?
FOR launched on March 4, 2019, making local and national history within our first eight months in operation!
Our city stands by our mission! Friends of Reconciliation, Inc. is written on the March Forth Local Holiday Proclamation signed by our mayor, (Pontiac, MI’s mayor), Dr. Deidre Waterman.
Friends of Reconciliation, Inc. is also recognized by the National Day Archive Committee in Washington, DC on their announcement of the new National March Forth Racial Healing and Reconciliation Christian Holiday, established by our founder, Alicea Joy Davis.
See info on both holidays here.
Who is the Owner/Founder of F.O.R.?
Our Founder, Alicea Joy Davis has over a decade of ministry experience in inner healing and racial reconciliation as a spoken word poet, author and artist.
Mrs. Davis is a social entreprenuer. Her creative production company, Esteem Builders Productions, Inc., was established in 2010 and it is Better Business Bureau Accredited.
FOR has an awesome Board of Directors that consists of highly experienced business professionals, college educators, church leaders and youth who are passionate about the healing of our nation through the power of Jesus Christ!
What are your workshop topics?
Courageous Conversations® - Learn 5 courageous comebacks when you hear a racist comment in order to decrease silence and tolerance in relation to racism. Also learn 5 steps to having a constructive conversation that can be applied to various discussions you will have throughout life.
Am I Judgemental? Innerwork Shop®
This workshop is not for the faint of heart. Recommended for those committed to a guided self examination of the spirit in which they share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Learn 8 ways to share the gospel without being controlling or condemning. Also learn 11 ways to become a more compassionate Christian.
Redemption Innerwork Shop® - Let us cancel "cancel culture" by receiving hope for redemption from God through Jesus Christ. Our society may want to ban or block you for your wrong doing, karma may seek revenge, but Jesus already paid the price for all of our sins. This soul cleansing inner work will help set you for eternal life!
What does the Bible Really Say About Slavery? - This workshop exposes the misconception that God condoned the brutality of American slavery. It expounds on the heart of God and how the ressurection power and love of Jesus Christ is greater than white supremacy.
- International bible teacher, Teresa Rutt, shares her passion and tools to intentionally build unity, as a ‘white’ woman leading the next generation of suburban mothers and others in positive social change through Christ.
Additional Innerworks Shops include: Overcoming Fatherlessness, Overcoming Anxiety, and Overcoming Depression. Click here to learn more.
When are your upcoming events?
View our upcoming events here.
We will have hope-filled events and safe spaces for others to grow and socialize with fellow friends of reconciliation throughout each year. Please join our email list for more info, invites and notifications.
Where is your office located?
Plans are in place for the grand opening of our new headquarters, if you need to reach us by mail the address is:
Friends of Reconciliation, Inc P.O. Box 430184 Pontiac, MI 48343
You can reach us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I partner with FOR?
For organizations, please email a one-page proposal to: email@example.com
If you are interested in volunteering, please email your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org