He "inspired a generation of young people to challenge injustice"
May 02, 2006
When William Sloane Coffin Jr. was honored last year at Yale as a civil rights leader, an antiwar activist, an endearing university chaplain and an unfearing liberal preacher, at one point he summed up his faith—and by extension, himself: “I believe Christianity is a worldview that undergirds all progressive thought and action,” Coffin said. The Christian church is called, he said, “to respond to biblical mandates like truth-telling, confronting injustice and pursuing peace.”
What is “so heartbreaking,” he added at the April 2005 event, is that many churches are focused on management and therapy, and that parish clergy are “gumption-deficient.”
Coffin, 81, who died April 12 at his home in rural Strafford, Vermont, was to many admirers the embodiment of the Christianity he described at the Yale tribute.