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Nadine Hoover, Biographical Statement

Nadine Hoover went to Indonesia in 1980 as a Friends World College student, learned Indonesian, married an Indonesian and has two children. She was a graduate of George School and frequent attender of Powell House, Philadelphia work camps, and other Quaker social justice activities, and a visitor at Attica Correctional Facility. She became a facilitator in the Alternatives to Violence Project in 1978.

She received a Ph.D. from Florida State University in International Development and Education in 1988 and worked for ten years as a consultant to the Indonesian Ministry of National Education on community participation in education and primary education funded by UNESCO and UNDP among others and then with the Ministry of Religious Affairs developing Islamic schools funded by Asia Development Bank. Her last consultancy was to establish the Department of Early Childhood Education for the government of Indonesia, train their technical staff and verify translations of developmentally appropriate approaches to education funded by the World Bank.

As a conscientious objector to war Nadine consulted two to four months a year for her livelihood and then served the rest of the year in the traveling ministry among Quaker meetings, facilitating  Alternatives to Violence Project workshops and organizing gatherings for teens and young adults.

From 1996-1999, Nadine served as the Secretary of Southeastern Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). During the same time, she also assisted in establishing Al-Falah School, in East Jakarta, an Indonesian-speaking, private Islamic school that is developmentally appropriate for children birth through high school and includes children with varying abilities.

In 1999, she moved to Philadelphia where she spent a year reorganizing the Friends General Conference Bookstore. In 2000, she moved to Alfred, New York, where she spent two years researching hazing in the NCAA and high schools. She opened a massage therapy practice in 2001 to support her full-time ministry of people-to-people grassroots peace work. From 2000-2003, she volunteered with Peace Brigades International in Indonesia to support international volunteers to accompany human rights workers who were threatened in Aceh. Then in 2005, after the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, she organized relief assistance through the American Friends Service Committee.

To invest in a direct people-to-people and community-to-community approach, Nadine Hoover began to travel under a minute (May 2005) from Alfred Friends Meeting, Farmington-Scipio Regional Meeting, New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) to travel in the U.S. and Indonesia working for peace among people and with the earth, which came under Friends Peace Teams’ care in November 2007.

Nadine Hoover now coordinates Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific, maintains a massage therapy practice in Alfred, New York and directs the Conscience Studio, a publishing company and on-line art and book store to support learning and training in how to live as individuals and communities of conscience. Conscience Studio published a Trauma Healing Manual (2010) and is currently working on manuals in nonviolence and in discernment.