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Civil Rights Movement

Waters of Bablyon: To Be an African-American Presbyterian

This article originally appeared in the May 1992 issue of Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought ( It is republished her with permission of the author and the journal. I have this vivid memory of the uncertainty I felt sitting

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How is a Nation’s Moral Agenda Set?

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A Quick Primer on the National Council of Churches The modern ecumenical movement, of which the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA is a major leader, began some 150 years ago with the advent of youth organizations such as the Young Women’s Christian Association, the Young Men’s

Rev. Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard and his partner, Dominique James, joined by supporters as they pray and nonviolently protest marriage inequality

My Feet Are Tired, But My Soul’s Rested

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Rev. Bojangles Blanchard, Gay Baptist Minister, Tells the Story behind His Arrest after Applying to Marry His Partner By Rev. Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard   I’m Rev. Bojangles Blanchard and I was arrested, along with my partner, Dominique James, for holding a peaceful sit-in after being denied a marriage application. But

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A Seminary where the Students Are Still Marching

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Interdenominational Theological Center Elyse Ambrose examines the strong history of commitment to justice that the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) has demonstrated and how that same enthusiasm exists in the ITC community today. She outlines the perspectives and justice concerns of students and faculty. Academic courses that support the cause of

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Anger: A Principle for Faith and Organizing

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By Katherine Chatelaine   Many of us are uncomfortable with anger, but seminary student, Katherine Chatelaine, says that anger is necessary for the Christian public life and for faith-based community organizing.   God is angry. God was angry in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s orders.

photo of civil rights leaders, including Dr. King, meeting with Lyndon Johnson

Why I Am Still a Christian

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By Gary Dorrien   (The following is an autobiographical reflection from social ethicist, Gary Dorrien, also appearing in “On Living Faith” series offered by Odyssey Networks, and previewed by Unbound on Looking back to the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King, Gary Dorrien offers a few thoughts on what


The Poverty Initiative

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“Raising up generations of religious and community leaders committed to building a social movement to end poverty led by the poor.” HISTORY Founded in May 2004 by Union students in collaboration with seminary faculty, staff and community leaders, the Poverty Initiative was charged with the mission of raising up generations