Happy birthday, Tom Fox (July 7, 1951 – March 9, 2006). Quaker. Pacifist. Member of Langley Hills Friends Meeting in McLean, Virginia. Youth Programs Director for Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Activist with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Iraq. On Nov. 26, 2005, Tom and three other CPT members were abducted by a group known as the “Swords of Righteousness Brigade.” On March 10, 2006, Tom’s body was found in a garbage dump in Baghdad. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Died in Baghdad, Iraq.
On this date in 1946 (July 7th), Moses M. Beachy died. (Born Dec. 3, 1874.) Amish minister and bishop. When it came to the application of the “Meidung” (avoidance of church members under discipline), Moses was a moderate. His lenient attitude gave rise to dissension within his congregation. In June 1927, the conservative faction withdrew. With the conservatives gone, the “Moses Beachy group” soon approved the use of automobiles, electricity, and telephones. This was the beginning of the Beachy Amish church. Born near Salisbury
On this date in 1981 (July 7th), Peace Pilgrim died. (Born Mildred Lisette Norman on July 18, 1908.) Mystic. Pacifist. Peace activist. Practitioner of voluntary poverty as a spiritual discipline. In 1953, she took on her new name, left behind her old life, and spent the next 28 years walking across the country. Her vow: “To remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.” Author of “Steps Toward Inner Peace” (1964). Born in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey. Died in a car accident near Knox, Indiana. Cremated.