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13 March 2006

Tom Fox Memorial Page

We Give Thanks for the rescue of Tom's colleagues and wish that he could have shared their fate. If you wish to comment on the rescue, you may do so here. This page is dedicated to the memory of Tom Fox, and all unrelated messages will be removed.

We have received many prayers, condolences, and messages of loving support on behalf of Tom Fox.

No one else ever met Tom Fox in the way you did.

Each of us met Tom's presence in a specific time and place, sharing communion with him in different ways.

Please feel free to add a link to your own tribute, or share your messages and memories here. Other reflections, writings, and remembrances are being archived by ElectronicIraq.

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At 12:24 AM, March 11, 2006 , Blogger Ankali said...

Thank you Chuck and John for maintaining this blog. As I sit here in silent sorrow, my thoughts of peace and comfort go out to you and to Tom's family and friends. Tom Fox, you will be one with the Light now, and your light of love while here will illuminate the dark places, as ordinary people rise up and say no more to the arrogance, destruction and greed of those who want the good life and power for a group within a group. I would like to say to Tom, that the old structures and systems WILL be broken down, and the world WILL be transformed to a place where we can ALL live in peace and happiness.

Tom, you have been the trail-blazer, setting the path of unconditional love, for others to follow.

We thank you for this and we will always love you.

At 9:16 AM, March 11, 2006 , Blogger Jenifer said...

I was awakened this morning by someone calling with the sad news. I'm at a loss for how to explain this to my 5 year-old daughter who was very concerned about Tom and would ask every week or so how he was doing. Her meal-time prayer would always end with "God, please keep Tom Fox safe."

It is rare to know someone like Tom... willing to follow his leading to the extent that he sacraficed the comforts and connections with people that we are so privileged to have in the US. His spirit will remain at work as the inspiration that leads us to make choices leading to peace.

At 10:02 PM, March 11, 2006 , Blogger john said...


I also have a five-year-old daughter. She is usually pretty shy with folks that I work with, but Tom she treated like a member of the family. Whenever he came over she would show him all of he stuff and invite him into her play.

I told her the news this morning. She recommended that we pray together that no one would have to suffer the same fate (she added that dying violently was different from getting old).

We were praying for Tom every night at bedtime. She has taken on some concern for his release, making signs of her own volition that say FREE TOM FOX.

She hugged me right away when I told her the news. I think she wanted to comfort me more than anything else.

Thanks for your tender comments. Integrating and sustaining Tom's enactment of the Peaceable Kingdom is a concern that remains heavy on my heart.

loving regards,
john stephens

At 8:04 AM, March 12, 2006 , Blogger Theresa Duguay said...

I was saddened to hear of the death of Tom Fox. A voice for peace has been stilled.

At 4:10 PM, March 13, 2006 , Anonymous Jim D. said...

I am so upset by what's happened to Tom. I don't understand why a loving God would allow this to happen to a man of peace. I am SO OPPOSED to the Iraq War, but when something like this happens I have to question my loyalties. What is wrong with those idiots who killed Tom? I want to seek revenge on his killers, but I don't think Tom would want that. What am I to think? What am I to do?

At 6:08 PM, March 13, 2006 , Anonymous Denise Parker/Esgenoopetij, NB Canada said...

Your voice has been heard loud n clear! Tom, you will be sincerely missed by everyone whom's life has been impacted by your courage and strentgh in the face of adversity.LET THERE BE PEACE! MAY MOTHER EARTH EMBRACE YOU AS YOU MAKE YOUR JOURNEY BACK HOME.Thank you for your life... Thank you for speaking up for other brothers and sister who tru suppression cannot speak for themselves. You have had an impact and and a very accomplished life through your service to God and your fellow men and women. Bless your family, and all of your colleagues and friends who get in the way in the name of God and Love for Peace!My prayers go to your family, may our lord embrace us now as it hurts to let you go. But your legacy will lead on...FOR ALL WHOM ARE SUPPRESSED, WE HEARD YOUR VOICE TOM AND THU YOUR ACTIONS TO GET INVOLVED FOR THE LOVE OF ALL OF GODS CHILDREN! TOM YOU WERE HEARD! you will be very missed!(l)

At 10:22 PM, March 13, 2006 , Blogger mary said...

Sunday morning, as we sat in meeting for worship, my thoughts drifted back to last March when I was in a small group with Tom Fox during a workshop. I listened as this quiet, gentle soul told of his reluctance, his fears of going back to Iraq with CPT. My mind then drifted to that night in Gethsemene when Jesus prayed, "Not my will, but thine be done." Tom surely followed his leading despite his fears.

Our 7-year-old daughter heard the news of Tom's death on the radio while out with my husband. Immediately following the report was an excerpt from Bush's weekly radio broadcast in which he assured us that this war is a good thing and progress is being made. Confusing the two reports, my daughter then asked, "Daddy, why did George Bush shoot Tom Fox in the head?" A question that haunts us still.

At 1:04 AM, March 14, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers and thoughts go out to the Fox family during their loss. Know that the man who sought peace will now find everlasting peace in a land where suffering will be no more.

At 6:58 AM, March 14, 2006 , Anonymous Ian Flintoff said...

I spoke in Meeting to Friends in Hammersmith Meeting, West London, England, when I had heard the news of Tom's death.All were united in our grief for Tom, and grateful for his life and work, with our love and fellowship to his family and friends, and to all others who mourn him. Ian Flintoff, London, England

At 1:13 PM, March 14, 2006 , Anonymous Stephen Schwenke said...

From Stephen Schwenke in Kampala, Uganda (letter sent to local paper):
The Sacrifice of an American Peacemaker in Iraq
An American member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams has died at the hands of his captors in Iraq. Does this have any meaning for Uganda?

Throughout human history, societies have honored their fallen soldiers, particularly when soldiers knowingly go into harm’s way to protect all that they hold dear. The sacrifice is revered, the loss of life justified in tales of glory and heroism, the losses deeply mourned. The young men (and now women too) continue to enlist, to fight for peace, with courage and bravery – yet a world of sustained peace seems as elusive as ever.

Imagine a different way of keeping the peace - loving those who hate all that you represent. Jesus of Nazareth suggested this radical approach, but few have chosen to walk the lonely path of the “soldier of peace”. Such peacemakers move into harm’s way with quiet modesty, seeking opportunities to share the work, ease the struggle, and comfort the grief of those who are the worst afflicted by the horrors and inhumanity of warfare. They live in danger, they bring hope and light, and they have the audacity to confront hatred and intolerance with love.

Tom Fox walked this path, and paid an awful price. He was fully aware of the risk of capture and death when he went to Iraq, but he answered a God-given leading. Tom was called to be the peacemaker – something that Quakers such as Tom believe is God’s work. Quakers feel called to go joyfully into the world, answering that of God in all persons. To answer “that of God” – the spiritual consciousness that all people share no matter what faith or political convictions – Tom felt led personally to bring love and hope into the heart of hatred and destruction.

Many now feel that Tom’s death was the result of idealism, foolishness, or worse. Few will honor his sacrifice with the same reverence that they honor the fallen soldier. If war is the failure of peace, the most that the soldier can do is contain the failure. Tom’s life wasn’t about limiting the misplaced idealism, foolishness, or worse that leads human beings to destroy each other’s homes, dreams, innocence, and lives. Tom’s life was about building peace. Not indirectly, nor through diplomacy or development work, but through the faith-motivated example of one person daring to love those who hate what they think the other person is.

Tom was my friend and fellow Quaker, a man I have known and loved for over two decades. A humble grocer, yet a man of towering love and courage. I am sure that he went to his death still with love in his heart for his captors. In Africa, where millions of persons suffer the ravages of wars and cruelty, hunger and oppression, the lessons that we can all learn from Tom’s example of the power of love is sorely needed. Let us honor him.
Stephen Schwenke
Fulbright Associate Professor
Makerere University

At 3:38 PM, March 14, 2006 , Anonymous Paul said...

Though i never met Tom or his kids i have attended the meeting house where he was a member in Va. I really feel like the world has lost a person who truly died for what he belived in. I am so sad for the loss of his life but i cant express into words just how sad i am for his children who will never see their father again. To the people who did this to Tom i pray that when you have to explain yourself to your maker he show mercy on you.

At 6:18 AM, March 15, 2006 , Anonymous a (capital F) friend said...

to tom,

thank you. thank you for leading by example. thank you for honoring that still, small voice that asked you to share your light in one of the darkest corners of the world during one of the darkest moments in our history. you knew the possible costs to you, your children knew the possible costs to you, and yet you all honored that calling. your children miss you dearly, but they stand on this side of your murder, still, with love in their hearts.

i only met you a few times, but i knew your daughter well. and i am proud to have lived a life that brought my path across hers, to know someone with such graceful conviction. i can only imagine the pride you felt in raising individuals like she and your son. we will hold their hands while you are gone. your passing has shined a light directly into some of these dark corners, and it is a light that being carried by people all over the world now. people are uniting to denounce the failure of war. people are seeing that the ordeal you and your family experienced is a commonplace situation for countless thousands of people in Iraq. you were there to help begin to truly expose that. i think that, finally, we can echo some of the words of our fearless (and hapless) president, with sincerity:

Tom Fox, Mission Accomplished.

At 4:04 PM, March 16, 2006 , Blogger Charles said...

I deeply respect Tom Fox, a man who did exactly what Jesus did: trusting God, he placed himself in the hands of dark and violent men.

That said, I believe that it diminishes his sacrifice if the misdeeds of Americans using the name of God to make war are not confronted. Americans are offered two visions of Christianity: the violent, hypocritical religion of the religious right or as the vague, feeble religion that the religious left often indulges in. Neither accurately reflects the teaching of the gospels.

Jesus repeatedly confronted evil, and never more vehemently than when it pretended to be from God. Only once did he resort to civil disobedience. But again and again he got into people's faces and talked bluntly to them about their hypocrisy and ignorance.

I have written to CPT to draw their attention to a Cal Thomas article about Tom Fox and my response to it. The pro-war forces have created a propaganda piece and are it using to label peacemakers as tools of terrorists and tyrants.

Now, the pro-war forces will fail. Reality is daily exposing the utter bankruptcy of their version of reality. But time matters. The longer it takes for the truth to get out, the greater the suffering. When pro-war forces use the name of God to delay the reckoning, they demand that believers confront them.

Failure to confront them is a betrayal. It leaves people who want to believe in God with the notion that He has no reality, that He is an after death fable and religion is just pretty words. And it costs lives.

I have done what I may to investigate the claims made by Thomas and especially the article he bases his column on. Please honor Tom Fox's life by making sure that it isn't used to work against peace. Confront Cal Thomas and others who are using Tom Fox's life in their wrongful cause.

At 6:19 AM, March 17, 2006 , Anonymous Virginia Moffatt said...

We woke last Saturday morning to the news that we had been dreading. Tom's body found in a Baghdad street.Our friend Norman was captured with Tom and we are still anxiously waiting to hear news of him and the other three. We were fearful for Tom when he did not appear on the video and saddened to hear of his death. Though we did not know Tom, we are mourning the loss of such a good and wonderful human being. We hope his sacrifice has not been in vain.
We will be holding a vigil on Oxford on Sunday 3-4pm to mourn his loss, celebrate his life and remember the three captives left.
Some of us will also be meeting in London on Saturday at the beginning of the anti war march.

We will continue to pray for all the victims of this awful war, and that the witness of Tom and the other captives begins to bear fruit, and the cycle of violence comes to an end.

At 1:35 PM, March 18, 2006 , Anonymous Teddy C. Altreuter said...

Perhaps CPT saw a recent column by a syndicated writer named Cal Thomas. I was moved to reply to his column with this:
Dear Mr. Thomas:

Why did you put the words "peace activist" in quotation marks in your recent
column about Tom Fox? The man WAS a peace activist. The Christian
Peacekeeper Teams, of which he was a member, ARE peace activists.

I went to their website and read that their mission is "a commitment to
reducing violence by getting in the way". They ask the question, "What
would happen if Christians devoted the same discipline and self-sacrifice to
nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war?"

I have no sure answer to that. I'm sure you do not either.

I AM sure that the sincere effort Mr. Fox and his fellow Christian
Peacekeepers are making in Iraq and Palestine and elsewhere deserve more
respect from all of us than you gave to them in your sneering
misinterpretation of the spokesperson you quote in your column.

Presumably, you still believe our invasion of Iraq was done for good
motives. You still believe that we, the USA, will accomplish the end of
oppression in Iraq by sacrificing American troops and countless innocent
civilians, destroying the infrastructure of Iraq and bringing the fanatical
Muslims who can't even get along with each other into some semblance of a
democratic government.

I think Mr. Fox may have been unrealistic in his effort to bring peace to
Iraq. I believe you are even more unrealistic.

Yours truly,
Teddy C. Altreuter

To you CPTers, I want to say that I am very sorry for your loss. It is a loss for all the world, especially those brave enough to actually live the life Jesus called all of us to live.

I do not have that much courage altho' I do call myself a Christian. Tom Fox's commitment , and the commitment of each of you, shames me. I am inspired by Tom Fox and your group, the CPTers, to do something more. I will speak out more against this and every kind of violence.

Thank you Tom Fox, and all the CPTers for your inspiration and courage.

Tom Fox now joins the company of Martyrs. I believe he will go on interceding for our sorry world.

At 1:39 PM, March 18, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Death of Tom Fox and the Life of Christianity

Tom Fox went to Iraq to make peace and last week his murdered body was found in a garbage dump in Baghdad. On the surface of it, his mission would seem to be a sad failure. Jesus of Nazareth tried to teach all people to love God with all their hearts and to love their neighbors as they love themselves and after 2000 years more hateful wars have been launched in his name than in any other cause. On the surface, his teaching would not seem to have been very successful. But the whole truth is not always found on the surface of things. Mr. Fox’s faith and works prove that Christ’s mission is yet alive in the hearts of God’s children and that despite millennia of perversion, there is hope yet to redeem Christianity.

Jesus’ central message was love, but the example of his life and of his death tells us more than that. To love God and truth and mankind openly and fearlessly is to assume a great risk, and that risk can entail huge sacrifice. The Christian Peacemaker Teams of which Tom Fox was a member understand and accept that risk and are willing to make huge sacrifices. About 40 CPT members are now in Iraq working for peace, three are hostages under threat of death, one is dead. All have done what they believe God asked them to do: comfort the oppressed, speak out for justice, witness for the truth, forgive their enemies, trust not in weapons and earthly powers but in healing power of love.

Fox was a Quaker, a form of Christian who believes that Christ’s teaching is an expression of God’s love that is a gift to each and every individual person on earth and that gift requires no priests, ministers, churches, books, songs, rituals, oaths, creeds, donations or militias to deliver it. It is a gift that does not require that you know Jesus’ name, read “his” book, or join “his” religion. All Jesus asks is that you love God with all your heart and love your neighbors as you love yourself. For this reason Tom Fox was in Iraq helping to organize Muslim Peacemaker Teams without any thought of converting them to Christians, because that would be merely changing the name of God while God’s character and His Will does not change. When they were kidnapped, a great number of voices around the world rose in chorus to ask for their release, loudest and most numerous of those voices were Muslim voices begging, demanding the freedom of these Christian men. A cynical political posture? A proof that the CPT are tools of radical Islam? No, just proof of the effect of their love even in a violent, hate filled world: the effect of peacemaking. If one Palestinian radical, if one U. S. Marine, resists his leaders’ call to violence and refuses to pull the trigger because of Tom’s example, that is a victory for God and for Tom Fox.

Pacifists have always been exposed to the accusation that they are people who stay home in safety and condemn war while others go off and face mortal danger to protect the freedom and wellbeing of pacifists. If this is true, and it very often is, then pacifists cannot succeed in ending war. Only by assuming the same risks as soldiers in the same numbers as soldiers can the non-violent hope to demonstrate an alternative to warfare. Like the Christian Peacemakers, tens of thousands of others have gone to Iraq, Afghanistan and other war zones to try to improve this world despite danger to themselves. The courage and sacrifice of soldiers is very real, but the hope of that bravery and the fruit of that sacrifice is cheated because they have been sent with the wrong tools in their hands. The tools of war are bombs, bullets and lies. If the objective of this war were really to free Iraqis, rebuild their country, improve their future, we would have to lay aside the tools of war because the first act of love is show trust and trust implies vulnerability. The invulnerable cannot love any more than the uncrucified can save.

In Iraq our soldiers live in fear and want more armor, often shooting anyone who approaches them. At home our American people live in fear and seek anxiously for security; unwilling to accept any risk ,we seem to crave invulnerability, reluctant to make any sacrifice. In short we are become a nation of Anti-Christs.

Religion has always betrayed God, and no less so now than in the time of Jesus. False Christians now lead us in a sham crusade against false Muslims who wage a fraudulent holy war in return. They understand nobody’s religion, least of all their own, God is ever on their lips but blood is on their hands.

Fox’s destiny was not to change history as Jesus did or challenge an empire like Gandhi or lead a people out of oppression like Martin Luther King. Mr. Fox was a small voice, usually drowned out by the blaring noise of politicians, talk-show hosts and televangelists, a small voice speaking the truth and backing up his words with actions. Like these other men and like many men and women throughout time, he was killed by those who rejected his message of love. We may never know what passed between him and his captors and killers at the end, but it is reasonable to think that a man who stopped Israeli bulldozers with his body would continue his ministry to the end. He was a lucky man, that God so loved and blessed him.

Thanks to Tom Fox, I am no longer ashamed to call myself a American and a Christian, but I am ashamed I have risked so little for God and my fellow man.

At 7:58 PM, March 18, 2006 , Anonymous Katie Henderson said...

I hope that Tom will not only be remembered for the way that he died, but also for the way he lived his life. His death adds to the pleading from so many for peace, but his life was also a testimony for peace and walking in the Light. I hate to remember Tom by the pictures on the news or the videos that the captors released. When I think of Tom, I remember him as sitting next to Andrew, his son, in meeting for worship. I also remember him teaching First Day school upstairs in Langley Hill Meeting House. I hope that the memories of his life will overpower the memories of his death. Tom touched so many people and his spirit is walking with God now.

"Walk in the light, wherever you may be!
In my old leather breeches and my shaggy, shaggy locks,
I am walking in the glory of the light, said Fox."

At 8:34 PM, March 18, 2006 , Blogger deb said...

I am saddened. I know this loss is another one of repeated sufferings that echo down through the ages. The strength and hope I need to face this new loss are in God as I have learned to know from the Word and life experience.

For those who were close to Tom, "Where sin abounds grace much more abounds".

Tom is in the hand of God now where nothing more can be taken from him.

I am so thankful for Tom's lfe and work, and pray for those yet in the line of fire standing for peace and good will. Tom's example is not in vain.

At 8:59 PM, March 18, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I read the memorials to and about Tom Fox, it occurs to me that not much time may be left for his three friends. One of the statements Fox made that rings over and over is, 'there are too many people who are willing to die for war and not enough who will die for peace'.His words and actions meshed. I wish I had the insight, willingness, ability to go and help in the way that Christ calls us to. In this Lenten season, may we ask forgiveness and work for peace in the world if it kills us.

At 11:44 AM, March 19, 2006 , Anonymous Maurizio Benazzi said...

Esprimiamo un dolore profondo per la morte di un grande testimone della Pace, un Amico quacchero seriamente impegnato nelle strade di questa terra a cercare l'utopia di un mondo più giusto e umano.
L'Eterno lo accolga nelle sue braccia con tanto amore.
Maurizio Benazzi
Ecumenical newsletter

At 3:52 PM, March 19, 2006 , Blogger Orikinla Osinachi. said...

Tom Fox:Martyr of Peace

The dove bearing the olive branch
Wanders about in the skies
Flapping its wings as it flies
For there is no where to perch
Alas! All the trees have been cut down
The cockcrows can no longer crow at dawn
The ill wind has blown out the torch
I heard the echoes of the Banshee
In the monodies of our elegy
As the dove flutters on the body of Tom Fox
And the Phoenix perches on the Pandora Box.
Alas! The peacemaker is slain
Slain in the field of blood in Baghdad
Where everybody seems to have gone mad.
But, no martyr dies in vain
For I can still hear the echoes of your clarinet in Virginia
The chorus of our Redemption Song will echo all over America.

At 6:38 PM, March 19, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

19 March 2006, Sunday
Albany, GA; 5:00pm

My Dear Mr. Lorin Peters, the Fox Family, and the entire Christian Peacemaker Team,

A week has passed since I heard of the death of your Christian Peacemaker Team colleague Tom Fox. The emotion caught in my throat as I called out “Oh no! Oh no! Oh dear God!”, and my husband Jon, hearing my distress, called out to me, “What’s happened?”. “Tom Fox has been killed. That good and holy man has been killed. I can’t believe it, I just can’t believe it.”

As the tears smarted in my eyes and I scanned various websites to find more information, I found myself marveling at the power this one man was having on me--a man I had never met, affiliated with an organization I really only came to know through you, Mr. Peters. Reading your BethLehem missives and following the news, checking the CPT website, I gained greater insight into the daily lives of Christ’s contemporary disciples, and the manner in which they took up His cross for the good of all God’s children.

Quickly, and truly with a rapidity I can only credit to God’s grace, I found myself feeling calm, thinking less and less about the terrible end of Mr. Fox’s physical life, and more and more about the holiness and goodness his work engendered. Surely it is the way he lived his life that permeates our lives forever, surely the tender mercy he showed to all those he met will survive him and carry our planet through. Last week’s responsorial psalm during mass gave me great comfort when I heard it and spoke it,

R. (116.9) I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
I believed, even when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.

R. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.

R. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the house of the LORD,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.

R. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

I know that Tom Fox is having his reward now, but I believe that he also had it here on earth, even in the midst of the suffering he witnessed, even in the face of the suffering he endured. His faith was his reward, and because of that faith I know he died with an inextinguishable joy, undiminished by human misery. And so I take heart, and I am moved and blessed by his sacrifice. I, too, have joy, a kind of deep knowledge when I let myself trust,

Rom. 8:31b-34

Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?

Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us, who will condemn?
Christ Jesus it is who died or, rather, was raised .
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.

To you, all of the members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams, please know that your work is deeply felt, that it is essential, and that it is creating peaceful change in this world. As it is in Africa, Canada, PaIestine, Kenora, Iraq, Columbia, and the UK, I feel it here in Albany, Georgia. May you and Mr. Fox’s family know that his life was meaningful to millions of people he never met, a Good Samaritan to the entire world.


You can
die for it--
an idea,
or the world. People

have done so,
letting their small bodies be bound

to the stake,
an unforgettable
fury of light. But

this morning,
climbing the familiar hills
in the familiar
fabric of dawn, I thought

of China,
and India
and Europe, and I thought
how the sun

for everyone just
so joyfully
as it rises

under the lashes
of my own eyes, and I thought
I am so many!
What is my name?

What is the name of the deep breath I would take
over and over
for all of us? Call it

whatever you want, it is
happiness, it is another one
of the ways to enter

With Love and Prayers,

Rachel Brown
Albany, Georgia

At 6:40 PM, March 19, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Learning about the torture and death of Tom Fox has affected me in ways that nothing else ever has. I did not know Tom, but I am a good friend of a CPTer who was one of his teammates in Baghdad.

I signed up for CPT's Iraq Team Listserv about a year ago, so that is where I first met Tom. I always enjoyed his writings.

Although his death leads me to a hope that is beyond description - actually knowing someone who did lay down his own life for his friends - knowing someone who mirrors so much the sacrifice of Christ... his torture and death have also made me confront the reality of evil in a new way. I can't imagine a world where one would kill someone who loves and prays for him, someone who is gentle, yet strong in his convictions. I can't deny that this is indeed the world in which I live and that it lays a claim on me to witness as Tom did in the ways I am called.

I find my mind wandering to the captives and what their expereince of Tom was and hoping that his life of love transformed them as it did me.

At 4:27 AM, March 20, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so thankful for the light eminating through your spirit. Thank you Tom for your courage, faith, example and what we learn through you about compassion, empathy and loving all as we love ourselves. God bless you always,

Cynthia Sharp

At 4:37 PM, March 20, 2006 , Anonymous Bud said...

In a society that spends millions on glorifying the sacrifice of those in the military - Vietnam Memorials, Korean Memorials, WWII Memorials, Civil War Memorials, Revolutionary War Memorials etc. etc. etc. Now we have a valiant person like Tom Fox who gave his life in the pursuit of Peace. Tom Fox was white and American so even he will deservedly receive some notice for his work for Peace, but what of all the people of color who work and die for Peace everyday? Where are their memorials? And no, I'm not advocating the building of some memorial for all these unknown valiant Peacemakers just a way of getting their story told so they can inspire others to live and breathe PEACE!

Peace has unfortunateley become a dirty word in our society but through the efforts of people like Tom Fox maybe others [myself included] will see the merit of giving their lives for Peace. Jesus said, "Blessed are the Peacemakers because they will be called daughters & sons of the Most High." Bless Tom Fox & all the unknown Peacemakers - Enough said.

At 8:58 PM, March 20, 2006 , Anonymous Louise Lears said...

I am a pastor at a Catholic Church in St. Louis and was so touched by all that I read about and by Tom Fox that he became the center of my homily on Sunday. I did not know Tom but felt like I kept vigil with him all week as I prepared the homily. He spoke through me and so many in our parish were moved. Tom Fox will be one of our everyday saints. His legacy of peacemaking has touched our parish. We feel privileged and challenged.

At 8:26 PM, March 21, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the last week since hearing about Tom Fox's death, I was unable to access feelings accept for shock and numbness. Now that I have gone back and read his blogs, read more about his life, I find myself overflowing with tears. Really, the choice he made to go was so weighty, and it makes me think of where my convictions will lead me one day. How is it that so many of us share his same feelings and beliefs, but do not actually give up our life the way he did? It is an exceptional reality--his life--one that can hardly be processed. May this infinitely loving sacrifice have infinitely healing and life-giving results.

At 2:18 PM, March 22, 2006 , Blogger Paul said...

Sunday March 19, 2006

Letter to the editor, Commercial Appeal (
Re. “Peace Activists’ Efforts Misdirected” (March 15, 2006)

Cal Thomas argues, “Evil must be defeated if peace on earth is to exist.” I agree, but we disagree about means. On November 25, 2005, the day before his abduction, Tom Fox responded to the question, “Why are we here? [in Iraq]” He wrote, “We are here to root out all aspects of dehumanization that exists within us. We are here to stand with those being dehumanized by oppressors and stand firm against that dehumanization. We are here to stop people, including ourselves, from dehumanizing any of God's children, no matter how much they dehumanize their own souls.” To this end, Christian Peacemakers have responded to Jesus’ prophetic call to live out a nonviolent alternative to the cycle of violence and revenge. I mourn the death of Tom Fox and continue to pray for his teammates who are still held: James Loney, Harmeet Sooden, and Norman Kember.

Paul R. Dekar
79 North Reese Street
Memphis TN 38111
Tel 901-458-1543 (h) 458-8232 (w)

At 4:29 PM, March 22, 2006 , Anonymous Jeremy Dyck said...

Thank you, Tom, for being strong and courageous and humble. And thank you to Tom's family, for giving him his strength, courage, and humility.

At 7:01 AM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous Sigrid said...

I have been following this abduction since it happened. More than any other abduction, this one has been on my heart and mind because of the nature of work the abductees were involved in. I am very, very sad to hear of Tom's death. I cried with joy at the release of the other three. God can do amazing things. I believe Tom has neither lived nor died in vain. I believe that his actions and example have sown seeds, we may never know their extent, but these seeds will continue to grow. He was only one person, but he made such a huge difference.

At 7:44 AM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To follow your heart
To fight for an ideal
Does not make you smart
you are simply more alive and real!


At 8:30 AM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to thank our Lord , Jesus Christ for blessing us with a faithful servant - Tom Fox-. We were blessed to have a disciple and soldier for peace and Jesus. Tom has inspired us all to live by the words of Christ and stand up for peace. Let us all continue to live in the words of Jesus and spread love, peace and the Gospel of Christ throughout the world.

I praise you Jesus! Thank you for for your chosen...

At 9:27 AM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When this started on November 26th 2005 my wife and I sat and prayed.
Today we pray for Tom Fox, with sorrow and sadness, and hold him deep in our hearts, (although we did not know him or even meet him), this tragedy is devastating and we send our deepest condolences to his family and those who have survived him.
We have also made a special prayer ( and will continue our prayers), of thanks to "Christ our Lord" for saving James Loney & Harmeet Sooden, and Norman Kember. We also pray for the soldiers who assisted in the release of these men, and all other soldiers, Canadian , American & Britons who are currently serving abroad. This news this morning reaffirms our faith in God, and strengthens our faith even further, to know that Christ is continually answering our prayers.
Thank you Lord!
Please let the all the families know we rejoice in the safe return of all the hostages, and especially to the Canadian's, James (Jim) Loney and Harmeet Sooden, and their families.
Matthew 5:9
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."
- D & A Wittman

At 9:32 AM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous elise said...

My heart goes out to the family of Mr. Fox as I feel relief that the others are on their way home and safe. I agree with the sentiment concerning the soliders that risked their lives to save these men. They should be thanked and kept in our thoughts daily. They are not the bad guys.

The main think i would like to express is my sorrow that in this day and age you can be killed just because you are an American. For surely there is no other reason Mr. fox was murdered by his captors. Will we ever find a way to cure this hatred? A sad day indeed.

May your faith be your strength and your happy memories of your loved one live on in your hearts.

At 9:49 AM, March 23, 2006 , Blogger Keyano said...

My prayers and thoughts are with the family of Tom Fox at this sad time. From what I have read, he was a kind and gentle man. My heart is made happy, however, by the news that the other hostages have been liberated from the muslim terrorists by our brave and selfless soldiers. May God bless the freed hostages, and the brave soldiers.

At 10:44 AM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers go out to the family and friends of Tom Fox, a dedicated man who gave selflessly of himself for others. He is now in the arms of Jesus and he will be well rewarded for his tremendous
work of love that he did while he was here. You will never be forgotton Tom.

At 11:20 AM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous Peggy O'Neill said...

Tom Fox was humanity's friend. He was also a good friend to both of my sons, and to many other young people as they struggled to grow up whole in our troubled times. Tom was a humble, quiet man who would be most uncomfortable with all the international media attention and acclaim he is now receiving as the first American killed in Iraq who went there as an unarmed peacemaker. Tom was simply doing what he was called to do, as he always did.
Tom lived his beliefs. At the Quaker camps for kids where he volunteered every summer, and at the Quaker youth groups that met regularly for weekend retreats, Tom was always there, working behind the scenes doing whatever was necessary, buying groceries, cleaning toilets, giving first aid, or teaching a meditation workshop. He never sought the limelight or expected any personal acclaim for what he did. He was being of service to others, as always.
Tom was kind, loving, and extremely generous with his time especially with young people. He already lived very simply, but when his children were grown and he felt the call to fulltime peacemaking, he gave up most of his worldly possessions, moved into a Quaker Meeting House, and joined the Christian Peacemaker Teams. This was his fourth tour of duty in Iraq.
Now he has given his life in service to the cause of peace. Tom was fully aware of the risks of serving in Iraq, and he was afraid. But he acted in spite of his fears, and continued to seek peace through helping the Iraqi people to rebuild their shattered lives.
Tom insisted that if he were kidnapped, tortured, or killed, that we not villify those who held him, but rather reach out to them with understanding and love.
Tom knew that serving the human ego is the root cause of war. He chose to let go of his own ego needs in service of the cause of peace.
As the Richmond Times Dispatch stated in an editorial on March 14, 2006, entitled, Humanity's Friend, "This is a time not to judge but humbly to recognize the heroism of those who voluntarily walk through the valley of the shadow of death, not fearing evil but in the expectation of casting in the darkness an inner light."

At 11:37 AM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Keep your soul Tom Fox, always God Keep your soul. I am a Moslem and I am grateful to you and I am ashamed of the violence that caused your death. I thank you and I bless your family and your friends. We all think of you as the others are released today. Your life has made a difference and the difference is PEACE AND LOVE. God Keep your soul Tom Fox, God Keep your soul.
In the Light of God,

At 12:32 PM, March 23, 2006 , Blogger T. E.George said...

I have a feeling the moderator will not publish this comment but I will give it a shot any way. My heart certainly goes out to the family of Tom Fox. It also goes out the Iraqi people who are suffering at present. It goes out as well to the hundreds of thousands who died during the regime of Sadam Husein. And it goes out to honest men and women who serve in our military, including my own son.

I read with interest an article in the Toronto newspaper. Everyone was thanked except for the soldiers who rescued them. So ironic!

As one of those hypocritical right wing humanity haters let me offer my condolence to Tom Fox's family. Losing a loved one is never easy (I have lost many). War is never a good thing. Still, there are many bad things that only be faced in this fallen world as best we can.

Paul told us to live at peace with all men as much as it is possible. Jesus rightly noted that this would not always be possible.

What blinders we all tend to wear in our frail ideologies.

Though I disagree with their tactic I do admire anyone willing to lay down their life for what they believe in. Perhaps it would be well to remember that as we consider those who risked their lives to save these men.

At 1:54 PM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous Suzanne said...

Sending love and prayers of comfort to Tom's children, at this bittersweet time of celebrating Jim's, Norman's and Harmeet's lives and freedom, and the loss of Tom's physical presence. Most of all, I pray that they will be lifted up in the certain knowledge of their father's continued existence, and connection with them, in the Light.

At 3:39 PM, March 23, 2006 , Blogger Larry said...

Our prayers remain with the Fox Family...

...but we rejoice in the freedom of his comrades just this morning!

God Bless them as they return to their families, and God Bless the men and women who rescued them from Harm's Way!!

At 3:43 PM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous Jill Pritchard-Scott said...

To Tom's Family, Friends, and Colleagues,

I would like to express my great sadness at the loss of your father, friend and colleague. From Tom's writings and the writings of those who knew him, we know that he was a deeply compassionate and generous man. It takes the greatest kind of courage to speak up against wrongs committed by your own government, and to risk your own well-being for your beliefs. I am very grateful for Tom's dedication and grieve with you at this difficult time.

Jill Pritchard-Scott
Burlington, ON, Canada

At 4:23 PM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous Nayeli said...

I have heard about Tom Fox a lot lately, and it touched my heart every time I know more and more about his life, my prayers with Fox's family, I dont undestand the meaning of war it has to be such a big pain for every people living there indeed it has to be scary just think about gettting out, there's not secure place in fact security doesnt exist for everybody just for the people who love and follow God's will, I'm pretty sure Tom was scared 'cause he was human but I think that he felt God was with him every single moment of his life, that gives so much security inside when there's not outside.

At 4:51 PM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Tom, for being a witness to our God, for going in Christ's footsteps, for inspiring us with your life and courage.

Dr. Andrea Davis
Pasadena, California

At 5:48 PM, March 23, 2006 , Blogger andrew38 said...

On the news of the release of the other three hostages, my heart went out to the family and friends of Tom Fox, who have been so cruelly robbed of his presence simply because, it seems, he was American.
I pray his faith sustained him through his suffering. He must have been aware of the increased risk he ran in Iraq as a US citizen, which makes his bravery all the more remarkable.
I'm sorry, I am not an opponent of the war in Iraq, although I am an opponent of the way it has been propagated.
My understanding is that he with Norman Kember and the two Canadians went out there to draw attention to human rights abuses by Iraqi and allied forces. Whether one is for the war or against, that was an exceptionally worthwhile cause.
I'm sitting here in London tonight listening to the news of the release of the other three hostages and imaging the euphoria of the hostages and their families. I'm so sorry, as I suspect they, the hostages are too, that he is not there to share it.
Andrew H

At 6:38 PM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous kim said...

I remember Tom and all of his family and friends in my prayers and pray for comfort for all who grieve his loss. And I hold onto hope in the kind of day Tom worked for, a day of peace where every person is free to live in the light and to reflect the presence and love of God we all share.

At 7:39 PM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless the U.S. military for saving the others from Tom's fate.

At 8:00 PM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please convey my sincere sorrow to the family of Tom Fox for their loss at the hands of these killers. I admire his stance based on his convictions but am having a hard time understanding the fact that he (and CPT) only protest the very ones who just recently rescued his friends. Why not doccument the atrocities of these terrorrist who have mutilated,cut off the heads, shot in the back, blown up and caused the death of thousands of innocent fellow country men. Bewildered.

At 11:17 PM, March 23, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in the military and I was raised and am a Baptist. I prayed for Tom and his family. I am happy to hear that the others are free. But are you praying for the missing soldiers in Iraq? Can you imagine what their loved ones are going through? You may not like the our president or the war but, remember we all have loved ones to.

At 12:31 AM, March 24, 2006 , Anonymous Stevie Scheidemantel said...

I did not know Tom Fox, but his death, and especially his life, have profoundly moved me. I cried in joy yesterday when I learned of the rescue of his colleagues. God bless you all who love in the face of evil, and God bless those who rescued the other CPTers. For truly, in the end, LOVE is the only force than create a lasting peace.

And what a stark contrast of choice Tom Fox's life
and death provide for us: By dying at the hands of the very people whom he sought to REhumanize, and loving them in spite of what they do, Fox showed us so clearly the choice laid out before us all: Love or Fear. Fox chose LOVE; LOVE is
all encompassing, unconditional, and shines light through the fear that inevitably leads to dehumanization, violence and death--including his own. His abductors, and all those of any creed or group who would seek to divide us from our brothers and sisters, have chosen fear. His life and death illustrate how vigilant we must be not to succumb to fear under any guise, and to love all our brothers and sisters unconditionally.

Not long ago, I learned of the comments made by Rush Limbaugh on his radio program the day after Fox and his colleagues were abducted in November. In expressing his delight at the suffering of others, Rush has provided us with a clear example of a
life permeated with fear. After my initial disgust, I realized that if I villify Rush, then I, too, would be allowing fear and separation into my life. And like
those who killed Tom Fox, Rush, too, is a beautiful fragment of God made manifest--even if he isn't aware of it himself, and knows not how to show it. If you are up for a challenge in LOVE, you can read or listen to Rush's comments here:

Although I never met Tom Fox, I feel such a profound loss at his passing; it feels so personal. Perhaps it is because we shared the same commitment to loving everyone and everything, and seeing the beauty and Christ in everyone in spite of
what they do. (This is my ideal, though I do not always succeed.) Meeting such people in my own life has been very, very rare indeed. I feel that I have lost a kindred spirit I never met.

To Tom's family and friends, although your loss is great, know that the example he lived will continue to ripple through the souls of humanity and give us pause when find ourselves demonizing those who need our love most. It is easy to love the lovable. But the true measure of a human being is his or her ability to love even in the face of evil. And is that not what Tom's life was about--loving even those who had forsaken their ability to love?

At 9:46 AM, March 24, 2006 , Anonymous Tim said...

So sad to hear about Tom's death. His family and friends are in my prayers.

At 9:57 AM, March 24, 2006 , Anonymous Jill Pritchard-Scott said...

Our family would like to express our deep sorrow at the loss of Tom Fox. From his writings and the writings of others about him, we know that Tom was a very compassionate, patient and generous man. We are grateful for his work and will continue to hold him and his family, friends and colleagues in our hearts and prayers.

Jill Pritchard-Scott and Family
Burlington, ON, Canada

At 10:12 AM, March 24, 2006 , Anonymous nobody said...

Sad for him. I do not know whether or not I support what he did but I respect him as a man of peace who was braver than I could be. He died because he was seen as a representative of the country whose policies he was opposing.

It is one thing to go into a war zone fully armed with someone watching your back and quite another to go in with only the clothes on your back, having full faith in both combatants not to kill you. True Christianity is an extremely expensive religion which is why it is so rare in the world.

Salem, Shalom, peace be upon you, but beware indeed that true conviction has a price many of us are unwilling to pay.

At 10:18 AM, March 24, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where was God?

At 11:46 AM, March 24, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart weeps with you on your loss. l'm a Native from Canada and have been touched by Tom's quest for world PEACE. did he not only touch a few hearts, but as touched many around the world, and this is a great accomplishment esp, for someone who went and did something about it. Most people wish for world PEACE, but have not done anything about it, but Tom did, and for this l admire him from afar and morn for this whom l choose to call my HERO.

At 2:00 PM, March 24, 2006 , Anonymous meaghan browne said...

On this day..a world has lost yet another great light and leader.His name Tom Fox.From day one I was inspired by how brave and strong these four men are,especially Tom, because he knew how dangerous Iraq can be. I think back on things that I have done for people in the past and this story has forced me to want to be a better person and follow in Toms footsteps.I am writing this condolence on behalf of Senator Oconnor Catholic school in Toronto,Ontario and we will forever remember what Tom and Cpt are doing to help our world and make it a better place. We are thankful that no one else was hurt and that Jim, Harmeet and Norman made it home safely.
Our love and Condolences,
-Meaghan Browne(Senator Oconnor)
*grade 10 students*

At 5:22 PM, March 24, 2006 , Anonymous Erika Thorne said...

In meditating during the days after the terrible news of Tom's death, my heart and gut felt pierced. The reality of Tom dying, and the reality of the tens of thousands in Iraq and around the world also killed by U.S. policies, remain a gaping wound.

Yet, Holly Near's song written 30 years ago also rose: "It could have been me, but instead it was you. And it could be me dear sisters and brothers before we are through." Living to the very fullest for justice was clearly Tom's commitment. I celebrate that and reaffirm it as my own.

Thank you, Tom, CPT and all who support you.
In love,
Erika Thorne
Training for Change

At 5:48 PM, March 24, 2006 , Anonymous Janet K. Slicer said...

I did not know Tom Fox. But I sit here sad and pray for his soul which I believe is with our Lord, Jesus Christ now. I pray his family finds some peace and solace in the many years to come until they too go to meet Tom and their maker. I am grateful for the other three gentlemen that were found and freed, but it was not to be for Tom. To Tom's family: God has called him home because he needs him now in this hour of need. God is proud of Tom's courage, his compassion, his steadfastness, his faith, and his love of mankind through peace; thus God needs Tom as a beautiful example for all of mankind. I'm so sorry it had to be Tom, but his family, his friends, and the Cristian Peacemaker Teams have something very special to be proud of. May we all find our way to peace in whatever avenue that it needs to be. Sincere Regards, The Slicer Family, Frederick, Maryland

At 10:05 PM, March 24, 2006 , Anonymous Erika Thorne said...

I made an entry a few hours ago, and just now remembered other words from Holly Near's song:
"It could have been me, but instead it was you;

So I'll just keep doing the things you were doing until we are through..."

Tom, we are singing that song for you.
Erika Thorne
Training for Change

At 11:39 AM, March 25, 2006 , Anonymous Joyce Daniel said...

The sadness I feel over the torture and death of Tom Fox is carried by God who suffers with us. May God comfort all who know and love Tom. May Tom's life and death awaken us. May God forgive us for our violent self interest and strengthen us to love and pray and work for justice and peace for all. Thanks be to God for those who work with Christian Peacemaker Teams.

At 6:03 PM, March 25, 2006 , Anonymous Veeta said...

Thank You Fox Family for letting us experience Tom's warm heart. I am very sorry for your loss. Tom is home now where there's no more tears or sadness.
Tom has encouraged me to walk this walk of faith and to stay steadfast in Christ Jesus.
God Bless You

At 10:33 PM, March 25, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was saddened to hear of Tom's death, and deeply regret that he was murdered by these Islamic extremists. However, I do not regret the war that liberated the people of Iraq, or the concurrent seizure of so many thousands of rounds of artillery and missile chemical munitions (WMD), and removal from power of the despot Saddam Hussein, who had used them against Kurdish children, and Iranians.

As a soldier, I know the falsehood of the accusation that we "dehumanize" the people of Iraq as a part of our operations there, or even that our daily operations are focused on taking lives, instead of improving them. What monsters you think we are -- more than 130,000 Americans and many others who see the people of Iraq daily, trying to live as normal people might.

We are not.

How could it be that we would dehumanize them as we renovate their very hospitals and build their very roadways, and have restored their power, and have brought them water?

I have been in the Army now 25 years, and I have never seen any manual or any class or any process designed to dehumanize anyone - But I have seen us in Haiti, and in Kosovo, and in Bosnia, and now in Iraq, uniformly trying our best to bring hope, and bread, and yes, PEACE to many people. Do we fail? Yes, sometimes.

But what I have seen which has troubled me more, frankly, is the dehumanization of American soldiers by the very people we seek to protect. I have seen groundless attacks upon our forces by those who understand the necessity of national defense when they are logically pushed into admitting it - but who see themselves as strictly above doing any of that themselves.

Tom was rare, he put feet to his convictions and went to Iraq to do something. This stands him in a very group, and is admirable.

But I must speak the truth and say, I take exception to the myopic reading of Scripture which seems to drive the CPT, and the ease with which they seem to dismiss the so-called martyrs of Islam who daily murder the people, meanwhile condemning Christians like me who bear arms in their defense (or in their rescue, as the case may dictate).

It may not seem as glorious, but there is another duty, and it is also Christian. That duty is to find out what God wants, and then to do it. I accomlpish that by reading the Bible and through prayer.

It is as if CPT never heard of Jesus turning over the tables in the Temple and driving out the money changers with a whip.

It is as if nobody at CPT ever read how Jesus admonished his disciples to sell their garments and to buy swords in Luke 22 -- they said they had two, and He said it was enough. Two in twelve men armed with swords would give us an Army much smaller by percentage than that of Joshua's Israel, but it would still be twenty-five million strong - fifty times its current size.

Did Jesus instruct them to sin? Did he ask them to purchase swords knowing that such was evil? I do not think so.

Turn the other cheek in my own behalf, yes. I will. Disregard the defense of my children (and yours) from such as would execute a man for his conversion to Christ? I can not do it and be true to my Christian duty.

And so, thank God the others are free - but Tom's accusation of dehumanizing, or that the kidnappings were the fault of those who freed Iraq, and those who continue to stand alongside its new government - I can not forget that, and I will not stand silently as people continue to misrepresent them.

At 1:12 AM, March 26, 2006 , Anonymous chantal Logan said...

I want to remember you today, his family, his wife and children who have suffered and will be grieving his loss for some time to come. May God keep you and comfort you, may He answers your questioning hearts, may you know that your sacrifice is no less than the sacrifice of Tom's life. May you, in time, find the peace which surpasses all understanding!

At 8:06 PM, March 27, 2006 , Anonymous Club members said...

To the Family and close Friends.

On behalf of members, I wish to express the sorrow whe felt whiles following James Loney's story. We wish to express our Condolences to the family aand friends!
May God be with you and help you find peace. Tom Will Be With All of You in your Hearts and Memories!
John-A. Guy, Club Member.

At 10:36 AM, March 28, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

March 16, 2006

Dear Fox Family, Friends and Langley Hill Friends Meeting,

We on the CPT Colombia team write to you with a deep sense of heartache. We are so sorry for your loss. Though we also cry for the absence of Tom’s loving and courageous presence, we cannot imagine your sorrow. We remember and rejoice in Tom’s profound affirmation of the struggle for life and justice and his willing persistence in that struggle. He worked to transform harsh realities, “to stand with those being dehumanized by oppressors and stand firm against that dehumanization”. He incarnated those prophetic words with loving, centered, resolute actions.

Some of us met Tom, others did not. Certainly, all of us feel connected to him through our shared dedication to this work. But if we did not meet him personally, then we came to know him through his beautiful writings, and those of others about him after he was taken. As we struggle with our fear and uncertainty and now with Tom’s untimely loss, we are strengthened, Katherine, by your words about your father. “We got lost on purpose so that we were able to learn a new way back. As children, my brother and I did not always see the value in this, but my father was teaching us to see opportunity in every step, planned or otherwise.”

Tom’s life and work call to mind words by Walter Wink (adapted):

“Transformation is living by vision: standing foursquare in the midst of a broken, tortured, oppressed, starving, dehumanizing reality, yet seeing the invisible, calling to it to come, behaving as if it is on the way, sustained by elements of it that have already come within and among us. In those moments when people… glimpse the light of the transcendent in their midst, there the New Creation has come upon us. The world for one brief moment is transfigured. The beyond shines in our midst.”

As we struggle to regain our footing and continue standing firm even as the lives of our other three companions remain uncertain, these things of Tom will continue to shine in our midst as important reminders of the unplanned opportunities for grace that even tragedy can bring.

With gratefulness and renewed determination,

The CPT Colombia Team

At 1:10 PM, March 28, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the family and friends of Tom Fox,

I would like to express my deepest sympathy. As happy as we are that the other hostages were freed, we will never forget Mr. Fox and the amazing work he did in the name of compassion. I was hapy to see there is going to be a church servise for him in Toronto on April 2. I will include all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

At 5:25 PM, March 30, 2006 , Anonymous Jerry Park, CPT said...

Dear Tom's family,

Tom's passage into danger, kidnapping and death - given meaning by his writings - have helped me very much to envision my own passage. I am deeply grateful for his faith in our Creator's calling him to life and to love, a call that penetrates through death and fear and pain and love and joy. He and we are alive!

Peace to you, Jerry Park, CPTer working in the Kenora, Ontario project.

At 2:16 PM, April 17, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my Hawaiian tradition, it is customary to chant a lamentation calling upon our ancestors to come now and escort the spirit of our newest ancestor, Tom Fox, on the spiritual journey moving forward.

Instead of praying for Tom as he struggles with me here on earth, I can now pray with Tom as he ascends to a higher spiritual reality. I believe Tom will help me by lifting my prayers higher than I can lift them by myself. I know he is in good company.

After I found out that Tom had gone missing, I sent him a message: "How can you be missing? You are, now, where you have always been. You are still right here in the center of my heart."

In many ways, my heart is like my junk drawer, full of odds and ends, bits and pieces, gathered from around the world and accross the universe. Only now, my heart has a bright light, too. Tom's light shines on.

I will walk with my spiritual brother in my heart, asking him to add his light to my own. If all of us did that, standing together, we might surprise the world.

To put it another way: God gave us a world, wrapped with love. He expects us to open the gift and release the dove.

Peace is everybody's business. Working for world peace is one of our many, many human rights. Let us join together in harmony, singing the song of Tom's life, praising him. He remains in death what he was in life: a man of integrity.

Mother Theresa said: We are here to be faithful, not successful. I know that Tom lived that idea to the fullest. We can do the same, for the pathway she indicated to us before, has Tom's light added now; and that pathway invites us all.

Aloha O'e. Aloha O'e. Aloha O'e.
Me kealoha pumehana.

Kalei Luyben

At 6:13 AM, June 15, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you always Tom. Your light, kindness, insight, faith, courage and the grace of Christ shining through your words and actions inspire and uplift me daily. God Bless you always,


At 11:30 PM, June 18, 2006 , Anonymous Jim said...

I was saddened at the death of Tom Fox who paid with his life for his message of peace, stemming from his own religious pacifist beliefs. It is truly a time when America's image is riddled worldwide with loathing and hate, but we sometimes need to remember there are also Americans like Tom Fox. It would serve the US citizenry well to pay attention to what their tax dollars go for..... and perhaps to say "Not In My Name" when itpays for a bullet through the heart of a child in Iraq, another "terrorist insurgent" of course.

Tom Fox, rest in peace. He went to shine some light into a dark media corner. And to his family, he died noble, for a light against evil, an invasion in the facade of "freedom" ala America.

At 7:51 PM, March 01, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Tom is gone. His spirit, however, will live on in our hearts and minds. Godspeed, Tom.

At 5:30 PM, April 17, 2007 , Anonymous isaac said...


I am Isaac And i am useing Tom Fox for a report calls

"People Who We Think Make/Made Good Citizens"

At 4:55 PM, July 15, 2007 , Anonymous Myanna said...

My name is Myanna. My cousin Sheila was a CPT team member with Tom and accompanied him to the Syrian border right before she returned home and he was captured. I want you to know that on March 11, 2007, I gave birth to a beautiful boy named Jacob Thomas. I hope he will understand the beauty of the man he was named after as he gets older. I think it is kismet that Jacob was born a year after Tom's death. I can only hope Tom is looking down and smiling as I know he must be.


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