Ron J. Sider

A Moment from Yesterday

November 9, 2022 | Opinion | Volume 26 Issue 23
Conrad Stoesz | Mennonite Heritage Archives
(Photo: Der Bote photo collection)

Ron J. Sider was an inspirational Canadian-American leader in the Christian community. It was his sermon at the Mennonite World Conference assembly in 1984 that spurred the formation of Community Peacemaker Teams in 1986. His sermon called Anabaptists to be formed by their persecution history to bring hope to the world by being ready to die in the name of peace. Sider went on to found Evangelicals for Social Action. He wrote several books, including, in 1977, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. It has been named one of the hundred most influential books in religion in the 20th century, and it sold more than 400,000 copies in several languages. He died on July 27, 2022, at the age of 82.

—Corrected Nov. 9, 2022. This article originally referred to CPT by its former name, Christian Peacemaker Teams.

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