July 28th, 2010 – by Jeremy W. Yoder, Editors Blog
Peace activist Art Gish died this morning in a tragic farm accident when his tractor flipped over and caught fire. He was 70. See Athens County peace activist killed in farming accident in the Columbus Dispatch.
Art was most recently known for his work in Hebron with Christian Peacemaker Teams, lending his years of peacemaking experience to volatile region. He served as a conscientious objector in Europe with Brethren Volunteer Services and was active in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. He worked as a street preacher, co-founded People for Peace and Students for Peace and authored several books on peacemaking and simple living.
Journalist and activist Rose Marie Berger has a tribute to Art on her blog.
As a teenager, I was deeply influenced by his book, Beyond the Rat Race, a matter-of-fact guide to simple, counter-cultural sustainable living written back in the 1970’s.
Art was a pioneer and prophet, who embodied the biblical call to justice in his day-to-day life. He will be missed.
UPDATE: Art’s son, Dale, has created a Facebook memorial page. According to Dale, a memorial service will be held for Art on August 7, in the basement of the First United Methodist Church in Athens, Ohio at 2 pm. See page for details
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