Glen Stassen

April 27, 2014

Glen Stassen at BWA Annual Gathering in Jamaica
Yesterday, theologian and ethicist Glen Stassen passed away. A prophetic Baptist witness for peacemaking, Stassen offered an important voice that will be missed. He was the son of Harold Stassen, a governor of Minnesota who ran for president several times. Robert Parham described Stassen well when naming the Fuller Theological Seminary professor the "Baptist of the Year" in 2012:
Stassen and Baptist peacemaking are synonymous. He has maintained a remarkable concentration on peacemaking for more than 35 years. ... Stassen is an academician of the first order. But he is also an advocate, an activist, one who walks his writings. ... Stassen deserves credit for having created a resilient practice within the Baptist tradition for peacemaking.
Last year, the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) awarded Stassen the Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award. Although our paths had crossed a couple times before, I especially enjoyed long chats with him in Jamaica at last year's BWA Annual Gathering at which he received his award. Thankfully his witness will continue to live on through his writings and speeches, as well as those he taught and influenced.