Magazine article The Christian Century

Gabriel Fackre

Magazine article The Christian Century

Gabriel Fackre

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Gabriel Fackre, a theologian who called himself an ecumenical evangelical, died on January 31 at age 92 at home in Oregon City, Oregon.

He taught at Lancaster Theological Seminary and Andover Newton Theological School (now Andover Newton Seminary at Yale), where he was professor emeritus of Christian theology.

James Ernest, vice president and editor in chief at Eerdmans Publishing, wrote in a tribute about getting to know Fackre first as a teacher at Andover Newton. "He was indeed both ecumenical and evangelical in his aims and achievements, and also very centrally--to use a word that I think I heard him use more than anyone before or since--ecclesial: he was very much a theologian and teacher o/the church, for the church."

Fackre was influential in the formation of the United Church of Christ through a 1957 merger of the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches.

Along with his wife, Dorothy Ashman Fackre, who was also an ordained minister, he pastored churches near the Chicago stockyards and in Pennsylvania steel mill towns for 12 years. …

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