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Howard W. Hallman is chair of Methodists United for Peace with Justice, a national association of laity and clergy.

Born in Pittsburg, Kansas, Hallman graduated from the University of Kansas in 1950 with a B.A. (honors in political science). For his master of arts degree at KU (1951), he wrote a thesis entitled A Study of Gandhi's Techniques of Non-violence as Means of Affecting Political Change.


      

Hallman began his professional career working for the Bureau of Government Research, University of Kansas. He then spent 13 years engaged in housing and community improvement programs in Philadelphia and New Haven. He was associated with the War on Poverty in the 1960s. From 1969 to 1983 he headed the Civic Action Institute, which conducted research, training, and technical assistance on employment training programs, local government decentralization, citizen participation, and neighborhood self-help activities.

In 1973 Hallman was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration. In 1976 he was the principal founder of Neighborhoods, USA, a national association of neighborhood leaders and local officials, now in its 36th year. He has conducted studies and made presentations in Sweden, Canada, Puerto Rico, Yugoslavia, Israel, Japan, and Turkey. He is author of more than 250 publications including nine books, such as Small and Large Together: Governing the Metropolis and Neighborhoods: Their Place in Urban Life.

 

 

      

Hallman has been a peace activist since his college days. He was a conscientious objector during the Korean War and performed alternative civilian service. He was chair of the Philadelphia chapter, Fellowship of Reconciliation for two years in the 1950s. He actively opposed the Vietnam War. He has also been continuously involved in civil rights activities.

In 1984 Hallman felt a call to work for nuclear disarmament. In 1986 he obtained many signers for a "Citizens' Declaration for Worldwide Nuclear Disarmament". He was unpaid coordinator of the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign in Montgomery County, Maryland (1986-89). In 1987 he was a founding member of Methodists United for Peace with Justice and has subsequently served as issues chair, treasurer, executive director, and now chair. From 1996 to 1998 Hallman was co-convener of the Religious Working Group for Nuclear Abolition, affiliated with Abolition 2000. In the United States he has served as chair successively of an informal group of religious organizations supporting ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (1997), the Interfaith Group for the CTBT (1997-99), and the Interfaith Committee for Nuclear Disarmament from 2000 to 2004. In 2010 Hallman received a Faith in Action Award from the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society as “A Drum Major for Peace in God’s World”.

 

 

      

Hallman has been active in local churches throughout his life, usually serving on the social action committee. At the University of Kansas he was vice-president of the Student Religious Council, served as chair of Religious Emphasis Week, and was awarded the William Allen White Interfaith Fellowship Award. He also chaired the campus Civil Rights Coordinating Council. In Philadelphia he was a member of the Board of Directors, Community Service Department, Philadelphia Council of Churches. In New Haven he was on the board of the Wider City Parish (an inner city ministry). He served as chair of the Interfaith Forum on Peace and Justice of Montgomery County, Maryland (1987-1990). He was member of the Commission on Social and Economic Justice, Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (1999-2001). He has worked to promote cooperation among denominations in the Methodist family. His wife is an ordained United Methodist minister.

 

 

 

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