Lift Up Your Voice like a Trumpet: White Clergy and the Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements, 1954-1973

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CHAPTER SEVEN

They have treated the word of my people carelessly, saying "Peace, peace," when there is no peace. JEREMIAH 8:11


A Voice for Moderation
, 1966-1967

Clergy and the Antiwar Movement

Berrigan's absence did not mean the demise of Clergy Concerned About Vietnam, although his presence was missed. At a study conference at Christ Church (Methodist) in New York City, an empty chair was placed on stage symbolizing his absence. But there was more to the organization than gestures. On January 11, 1966, John Bennett invited several nationally prominent clergymen to his New York City apartment to formally establish the National Emergency Committee of Clergy Concerned About Vietnam. The original members included the host, Heschel, Neuhaus, the Reverend Harold Bosley of Christ Church (Methodist), David Hunter, deputy general secretary of the NCC, and Rabbis Maurice Eisendrath and Balfour Brickner, the president and the director of Interfaith Activities of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. Toward the end of the month, they were joined by Robert McAfee Brown and William Sloane Coffin, the latter becoming the acting executive secretary. 1

While several of these individuals had been arrested and jailed for their

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Introduction 3
  • Chapter One 18
  • Chapter Two 49
  • Chapter Three 70
  • Chpter Four 93
  • Chapter Five 113
  • Chapter Six 140
  • Chapter Seven 164
  • Chapter Eight 189
  • Chapter Nine 213
  • Epilogue 237
  • Notes 253
  • I. Manuscript Collections 287
  • Index 305
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