If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away---Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, March 11, 2010

In Memory of Gene Stoltzfus: Founder of Christian Peacemaker Teams (1940-2010)

Gene Stoltzfus was a model peacemaker and founder of Christian Peacemaker Teams, a well known, innovative, risk-taking organization that has placed itself in the midst of conflictual situations and militarized zones around the world to bring peace and reconciliation (http://www.cpt.org/speakers/gene_stoltzfus. CPT grew from roots in an Anabaptist vision of active peacemaking into a worldwide ecumenical peacemaking ministry.

The Peace and Justice Support Network, which I staffed as Minister of Peace and Justice for Mennonite Church USA, honored Gene in 2003 with a Peace Pitcher award for his lifetime of work in peace and justice (http://peace.mennolink.org/articles/newsgene.html)

This prophet of peace will be sorely missed within the ecumenical peace community.

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