Pope, Liston, 1909-1974

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Liston Corlando Pope was born on September 6, 1909 in Thomasville, North Carolina. He was educated at Duke University (A.B., 1929; B.D., 1932) and Yale University (Ph.D., 1940). He served as pastor of churches in North Carolina and New Haven, Connecticut (1932-1938), professor of Social Ethics (1938-1973) and Dean (1949-1962) of Yale Divinity School, author and editor. He was active in the Congregational Christian Churches denomination (1850-1960) and the ecumenical movement, particularly the World Council of Churches, and in organizations involved in theological education. He died in Norway in April, 1974.

From the description of Liston Pope papers, 1909-1974 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702179288

  • 1909 Sep 6: Liston Corlando Pope born in Thomasville, N.C., son of Robie Lester and Dora (Younts) Pope
  • 1929: A.B. Duke University
  • 1932: B.D. Duke University
  • 1932 - 35 : Associate pastor, Wesley Memorial Church, High Point, N.C.
  • 1934: Married Bennie Howell Purvis
  • 1935: Ordained to Congregational ministry
  • 1935 - 1938 : Pastor, Humphrey Street Congregational Church, New Haven, Ct.
  • 1936 Jul 27: Daughter, Mary Anna, born
  • 1938 - 1939 : Lecturer in Social Ethics, Yale
  • 1939 - 1944 : Assistant professor, Yale
  • 1940: Ph.D. Yale; awarded John Addison Porter prize
  • 1942: Millhands and Preachers published
  • 1943 Dec 26: Son, Liston Jr., born
  • 1944 - 1948 : Editor, Social Action magazine
  • 1944 - 1947 : Associate professor, Yale
  • 1947 - 1973 : Gilbert Stark Professor of Social Ethics, Yale
  • 1947: Editor, Labor's Relation to Church and Community
  • 1949: Research and travel in Africa under the Julius Rosenwald and Phelps-Stokes Funds
  • 1949 - 1962 : Dean of Yale Divinity School Resigned in 1962 in order to return to teaching and for health reasons. On sabbatical leave in North Carolina and Europe for two years before returning to Yale. Health problems continued to disrupt his teaching activities until his retirement in 1973
  • 1950: Daughter, Bennie Alison, born
  • 1955 - 1956 : Trip around the world concentrating on study of theological education in Asia
  • 1957: The Kingdom Beyond Caste published
  • 1967: Bennie Purvis Pope died
  • 1970: Married Gerd Synnove Thoresen
  • 1974 Apr: Died in Norway

Other positions held:

Phelps-Stokes Fund 1946-1954 Vassar College 1954-1960 Nanking Theological Seminary Board of Founders 1956 Franklin and Marshall College 1964-1971 Congregational Council for Social Action 1950-1952 National Advisory Committee of the Student YMCA 1950 Interseminary Committee, National Council of Churches 1955-1957 Executive Committee, American Association of Theological Schools 1957-1962 Board of Directors, Prospect Hill School, New Haven 1953-1955, 1959-1960 Religion and Labor Foundation

Director: Rockefeller Brothers Theological Fellowships Program 1955-1962

Board of Directors Theological Education Fund 1957-1962 Board of Directors, New Haven Urban League 1963 -Board of Directors, Connecticut Assn.. for Mental Health 1955 Central Committee and Executive Committee, World Council of Churches 1954-1961 Committee of 35 to Study the Statement of Social Ideals of the Congregational Christian Churches 1941

Congregational delegate to the National Council of Churches 1949-1960

Contributor to many journals

Biographical information obtained from Who's Who in America, 1974 and Series V Box 83 Folders 1062-1064.

From the guide to the Liston Pope Papers, 1909-1984, (Yale University Divinity School Library)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Liston Pope Social Ethics Pamphlet Collection, 1938-1973 (inclusive). Yale University, Divinity School Library
creatorOf Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. [Commencement activities] Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Clifford E. Barbour Library
referencedIn Paul Ramsey Papers, 1934-1984 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Ramsey, Paul. Papers, 1934-1988 and undated. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Liston Pope Papers, 1909-1984 Yale University Divinity School Library
referencedIn American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions archives, 1810-1961. Houghton Library
creatorOf Pope, Liston, 1909-1974. Liston Pope papers, 1909-1974 (inclusive). Yale University, Divinity School Library
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. corporateBody
associatedWith General Council of the Congregational and Christian Churches of the United States. corporateBody
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith National Citizens Political Action Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith National Religion and Labor Foundation (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Niebuhr, H. Richard (Helmut Richard), 1894-1962. person
associatedWith Niebuhr, Reinhold, 1892-1971. person
associatedWith Oxnam, G. Bromley (Garfield Bromley), 1891-1963. person
associatedWith Paton, Alan. person
associatedWith Paton, Alan. person
associatedWith Phelps-Stokes Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. corporateBody
correspondedWith Ramsey, Paul person
associatedWith Ramsey, Paul. person
associatedWith Stokes, Anson Phelps, 1874-1958. person
associatedWith Uphaus, Willard Edwin, 1890- person
associatedWith Van Dusen, Henry P. (Henry Pitney), 1897-1975. person
associatedWith Visser 't Hooft, Willem Adolph, 1900- person
associatedWith Weigle, Luther Allan, 1880-1976. person
associatedWith World Council of Churches. corporateBody
associatedWith Yale University. Divinity School. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Industrial relations
Religious education
Theology--Study and teaching
Young Men's Christian associations
Ecumenical movement
Race relations


Birth 1909-09-06

Death 1974-04-15



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