Commenting on news of the death of Gene Stoltzfus, the founding director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, Simon Barrow, co-director of the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia, which works in partnership with CPT in the UK and internationally, said:
"The vision Gene Stoltzfus embodied was one of genuine hope for peace, justice and reconciliation in the world. He was an enormous inspiration to peacemakers everywhere.
"A deeply committed Mennonite Christian, Gene devoted his whole life to following Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, and to challenging the princes of war - whatever ideological or religious garb they chose to wear.
"In a world where religious faith is often seen and spoken of as a source of conflict, Gene showed another way - a way of deep faith in the possibilities of humanity when eternal love, not temporal rivalry and hate, is our source and inspiration.
"It was this brand of dissenting, thoughtful and forgiving Christianity which enabled him to welcome, rather than repel, allies from many different places: secular as well as religious, humanist as well as faith-driven."
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