by Johnny Zokovitch
Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

This morning, I learned that Ed Guinan, Pax Christi USA’s first General Secretary in 1972, had passed away over the holiday. PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Janice Vanderhaar had written to share the news. I never met Ed personally, but had heard stories of him and his commitment to peace with justice, especially his work in starting the Community for Creative Nonviolence. For Pax Christi USA, Ed organized the first national assembly in 1973, and he published the first PCUSA magazine, “Pax Christi Thirdly” (it would appear three times a year) that same year.

Ed and Kathleen Guinan.
Ed and Kathleen Guinan

Another PCUSA Ambassador of Peace, Colman McCarthy, wrote the obituary for Ed in The Washington Post. You can read it by clicking here.

Ed’s official obituary, as well as a guest book where folks can leave messages for his family, can be found by clicking here.

Also Scott Wright, who lived at CCNV and worked with Ed from 1973-77, sent in a link to a lesson that Ed did for “The Class of Nonviolence.” You can read Ed’s work by clicking here.

All of us at Pax Christi USA give thanks for Ed’s life and witness to the peace of Christ in our world. Ed Guinan, Presente!

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