Paul Minus
1935 - 2021
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Minus, Paul
Paul Minus, born on July 26, 1935 in Columbia, South Carolina, died on February 12, in Claremont, California. He suffered a heart attack. Paul grew up in Charleston, leaving a few weeks after his 16th birthday to attend Yale University. In 1962 he received a doctorate from its Divinity School. For a year he served as chaplain at Florida State University, and then in 1964 moved with wife Nancy and two young sons to Ohio. For the next 24 years Paul taught church history at the Methodist Theological School, in Delaware. He never stopped working to realize God's Kingdom on Earth. He was arrested for trying to enter a white church with students of color in Mississippi, led an unsuccessful campaign to reject the formation of Ohio's statewide lottery, and worked with local and international business leaders to establish responsible marketing of infant formula in developing countries. He founded the Council for Ethics in Economics, in Columbus, to help business leaders address the ethical ramifications of their work. He wrote books on reconciling Catholics and Protestants; on Christian responsibility in the face of a hungry world; on the life of Social Gospel pioneer Walter Rauschenbusch. At the age of 60, Paul retired from the presidency of the Council and began working with it and Trinity Episcopal Church to help Christian laity bring to their workplaces the values of their faith. Later, in Cape Cod, he founded the Faith Communities Environmental Network, which now includes more than 30 Cape Cod faith communities who have joined their forces to battle the climate crisis together. At the end of his life Paul lived at Pilgrim Place, a senior community in California. Here he oversaw the energy retrofit of 80 of the community's individual homes and established the Napier Initiative, a program by which students of the city's five colleges are matched with mentors at Pilgrim Place and awarded cash prizes to further environmental and social justice programs of their own devising. Paul is pre-deceased by his first wife Nancy, daughter Susan, son David, and second wife Carolyn. He is survived by his older sister, Betty; son, Stephen; stepchildren, Andrew, Kathryn, and Tim; grandchildren, Justin, Erin, Emily, Eliot, Elinor, Madelyn, Cordelia, Charlotte, and Aimee; and his beloved wife, Jean. A zoomed memorial service in celebration of Paul's full life will be held Saturday, April 10, at 12:30 EDT. To receive a link to this service, please contact Paul used his gifts to create institutions that would survive him, and continue his work. A memorial fund has been established to honor his life and legacy: to contribute to this, and learn more about his environmental leadership on Cape Cod, please visit

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Apr. 2 to Apr. 4, 2021.
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April 6, 2021
Paul was my mentor and friend here on Cape Cod. Paul’s vision for a multi-faith network to care for and protect our Earth home became my own. He’ll always be remembered here as a relationship builder (always meeting over a meal or a
coffee) and as a leader who pushed us all to be our best selves.
Susan Starkey
April 5, 2021
While I hold in high regard Paul's professional expertise and his evident commitment to social justice, my fondest memories are those we shared on the handball court.
Walter R Dickhaut
April 3, 2021
Paul was teaching at Methesco when I arrived, fresh out of my doctoral program. He was a most gracious and generous colleague. He had a sense if humor, a lovely personality and was a real pleasure to work with. I always enjoyed seeing him at faculty events. I always missed him and the other pioneers of that school.
The Rev. Dr. Linda Mercadante
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