John Hume - A Tribute From The President

Speaking following the death of Nobel Laureate John Hume, the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, The Revd. Dr. Tom McKnight said:

“There can be no denying the tremendous contribution and self-sacrifice of John Hume in the pursuit of peace in his beloved Ireland. From his tireless work with the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and 70s, his co-founding of the SDLP as a voice for progressive, non-violent nationalism, and his huge risk at great personal cost in reaching out to armed republicanism in the pursuit of a peaceful, democratic and prosperous future, John was a model of community spirit and a belief in the innate goodness of people. Coupled with his strong faith, John’s work and his dedication to the good of all - not just all who agreed with him - made him absolutely worthy of the many honours bestowed upon him by both nations and church. 

On behalf of the entire Methodist Church in Ireland, I extend sympathies to Pat - who cared so deeply and diligently for John and for his work - and the entire extended family. John’s work will never be forgotten.”

Photograph: Jack McManus/The Irish Times​