Magazine article The Christian Century

Deaths

Magazine article The Christian Century

Deaths

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* Howard Schomer, a former Chicago Theological Seminary president who was active in human rights, ecumenical and mission work for some 50 years, died June 28 at age 86 in Oakland, California. Ordained a Congregational minister in 1941, he was a conscientious objector during World War II, serving with Quakers in domestic camps and hospitals. With his wife, Elsie, he established an ecumenical retreat in 1947 in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, and aided postwar relief work until 1955. (His body will be interred in that French city.) As a special UN assistant in 1948, he helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and later served the World Council of Churches in Geneva. Schomer returned to the U.S. to head the Chicago Theological Seminary from 1959 to 1966. In that period he also worked closely with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was an observer at the Second Vatican Council, took part in three WoAd Council of Churches' general assemblies and was an editor-at-large for the CENTURY (1959-1970). Later he held posts successively with the National Council of Churches' Division of Overseas Ministries and the United Church of Christ Board for WoAd Ministries. …

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