By Professor Warren Goldstein
A magnet for controversy, the media, and fans, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr. was once the most advantageous voice of northern spiritual liberalism for greater than a quarter-century, and a valuable inheritor to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. From his pulpits at Yale college and, later, big apple City's Riverside Church, Coffin targeted nationwide recognition on civil rights, the anti-Vietnam warfare stream, disarmament, and homosexual rights. This revealing biography--based on unprecedented entry to relations papers and candid interviews with Coffin, his colleagues, relations, associates, fanatics and wives--tells for the 1st time the notable tale of Coffin's lifestyles. a military and CIA veteran sooner than assuming the put up of Yale collage chaplain on the younger age of 33, Coffin won notoriety as chief of a perilous Freedom experience in 1961, as a defendant within the "Boston 5" trial of draft resisters in 1969, and because the preeminent voice of liberal non secular dissent into the Eighties. This booklet encompasses Coffin's turbulent inner most lifestyles in addition to his flamboyant, cheerful public profession, whereas dramatically illuminating the bigger social hobbies that fed on his days and outlined his occasions.
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Extra resources for William Sloane Coffin, Jr.: A Holy Impatience
That came to Dad day after day for solutions. ”⁹ The storm hit with full force on the afternoon of Saturday, December 16, 1933. Ned was celebrating his twelfth birthday; Bill was nine, Margot eight. Old family friends were being married that afternoon, and Henry Sloane Co‹n, by then pastor of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, was o‹ciating. Will Co‹n had gone to his o‹ce in the morning and then to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for lunch. On his way home he fell, appearing to slip on the museum steps.
In “The Parade,” Bill let di¤erent kinds of fantasies take ﬂight, those of physically powerful and coolly controlling men more suited to a world at war. During Bill’s years at Andover, from 1940 to 1942, Catherine lived in nearby 30 europe Cambridge, where she had decided to resume her college education at Radcli¤e. She and Bill corresponded regularly and visited back and forth. ¹⁶ For Catherine, maturity and self-control were all but indistinguishable— and especially important in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The governess clearly adored the children, or at least the boys, who remembered her with tremendous a¤ection. The chau¤eur taught Bill to box, a school activity encouraged by the combative lyrics of the school song: “Face your foes and ﬁght them, / Up, my lads, and smite them. ² When not at school, Bill, Ned, and Margot lived and played in the nursery, where Catherine came to read to her children around suppertime. “I always pretty much thought of [her] as with Dad rather than with us,” Bill Co‹n recalled.
William Sloane Coffin, Jr.: A Holy Impatience by Professor Warren Goldstein