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Here I stand : my struggle for a Christianity of integrity, love, and equality

Author: John Shelby Spong
Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Early in his life, Spong witnessed injustices that were instrumental in awakening his moral consciousness. Growing up in the American south of the 1930s, Spong spent his childhood in an environment of racism, fundamentalism, sexism, and homophobia. The church of his time was no exception; its exclusionary attitudes and practices struck the young Southerner as contradictory to the Christianity he encountered in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Shelby Spong; John Shelby Spong
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Shelby Spong
ISBN: 0060675381 9780060675387 006067539X 9780060675394
OCLC Number: 42049225
Description: xiii, 464 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Setting the Stage: The Parameters of the Debate --
Beginnings in the Segregated South --
"The Man of the House": Shaping Memories --
Rejection at School, Acceptance at Church --
The University Years: Philosophy, St. Mark's, and Wedding Bells --
Priestly Formation on the Holy Hill --
My Pastoral Education in Durham --
Not Popular but Right: Racial Issues and Leadership Lessons in Tarboro --
A Bible Class, the Press, and More Racial Conflict in Lynchburg --
Something for Everyone in the Cathedral of the Confederacy --
Pushing St. Paul's Outward While Inwardly Grappling with Prayer and Pastoral Tragedy --
Professional Highs, Personal Lows --
Breaking Tradition: Jewish-Christian Dialogue and Christpower --
Transition to the Episcopate and Developing a World View --
The Heart Cannot Worship What the Mind Rejects: Entering a Dark Valley --
Rising from the Ashes --
The Battle Lines Form --
Marriage and the Year of Years --
Triumphs: The Koinonia Statement, Victory in the Heresy Trial, and Worldwide Invitations --
From Lambeth's Ignorance and Fear to Harvard's Promise of a New Career --
A Statement of Koinonia --
Twelve Theses.
Responsibility: John Shelby Spong.
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"Early in his life, Spong witnessed injustices that were instrumental in awakening his moral consciousness. Growing up in the American south of the 1930s, Spong spent his childhood in an environment of racism, fundamentalism, sexism, and homophobia. The church of his time was no exception; its exclusionary attitudes and practices struck the young Southerner as contradictory to the Christianity he encountered in the Bible and heard preached from the pulpit and taught in Sunday school." "Rather than becoming disillusioned with the church and dropping out, Spong has devoted himself to reforming it, working to integrate women, blacks, gays, lesbians, and other marginalized Christians fully into the faith community better known for rejecting or marginalizing them. In the process, he has challenged the views of leaders such as Jerry Falwell, John Cardinal O'Connor, and his own Episcopal hierarchy."--BOOK JACKET.

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