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Faith and Freedom

Faith and Freedom

The Institute on Religion and Democracy

Chapter:
(p.146) Chapter Five Faith and Freedom
Source:
Public Pulpits
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226804767.003.0005

The Institute on Religion and Democracy began with a bang. It issued from a report fired across the bow of the United Methodist Church in 1980, aimed at challenging the “peace-and-justice” course set by leaders of the Methodist General Board of Church and Society and the General Board of Global Ministries. “Most Methodist church-goers would react with disbelief, even anger,” the report began, “to be told that a significant portion of their weekly offerings were being siphoned off to groups supporting the Palestine Liberation Organization, the governments of Cuba and Vietnam, and the pro-Soviet totalitarian movements of Latin America, Asia and Africa, and several violence-prone fringe groups in this country,” so charged the report's author, David Jessup, a new member of the United Methodist Church in a large suburban congregation outside Washington, D.C.

Keywords:   Institute on Religion and Democracy, United Methodist Church, peace, justice, church, Palestine Liberation Organization, Cuba, Vietnam, David Jessup

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