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In Memoriam: William Sloane Coffin


April 12, 2006 | bpfna

The Rev. Dr. William Sloane Coffin, Jr. passed away Wednesday, April 12, at his home in Strafford, Vermont. He was 81. Funeral services are being planned for sometime after the Easter holiday.

Dr. Coffin served as Senior Minister at the Riverside Church (a BPFNA Partner Congregation) from 1977 to 1987, engaging communities in social activism on both local and national levels. A statement from the Riverside Church said, "He was a beloved member of the Riverside community before, during and after his tenure as Senior Minister."

Active and involved in movements for social change throughout his career, Dr. Coffin was a dedicated social activist who committed his life to the pursuit of universal civil and human rights and international peace.

He served as a chaplain at Yale University for 18 years and was one of seven "Freedom Riders" arrested during the Civil Rights Movement for protesting segregation laws. More recently, Dr. Coffin served as a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth University and as president of SANE/FREEZE: Campaign for Global Security.

Among his many books are "The Courage to Love," "A Passion for the Possible" and "Credo."

read Dr. Coffin's obituary from the Associated Press

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