Stringfellow, William

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William Stringfellow (1928-1985) was an American lawyer and Episcopal lay theologian. He received his law degree from Harvard University. As a member of the group ministry at the well-known East Harlem Protestant Parish, he lived in Spanish Harlem while practicing law. Stringfellow was an active proponent of civil rights and of racial and social justice. He wrote several books, including Dissenter in a Great Society, Free in Obedience, and A Private and Public Faith .

James A. Pike (1913-1969) was an American Episcopal bishop whose then-controversial views included favoring the ordination of women, racial desegregation, and the acceptance of LBGT people within mainline churches. In the mid-1960s, Stringfellow defended Pike against charges of heresy lodged against him by his fellow Episcopal bishops, on the grounds that they were politically motivated, and in 1967 he co-authored a book entitled The Bishop Pike Affair .

From the guide to the William Stringfellow Papers, 1967, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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referencedIn Records of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, 1810-2003 University of Rhode Island Library Special Collections and Archives Unit
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn William Stringfellow papers, 1940-1985. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn The bicentennial dilemma: who's in control? videorecordings, 1975 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf William Stringfellow Papers, 1967 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Charles Thomas Jr. Papers, 1965-1994, 1968-1980 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Paul Ramsey Papers, 1934-1984 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn James A. Pike Papers, 1868-1970 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
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associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island corporateBody
associatedWith Pike, James A. (James Albert), 1913-1969 person
correspondedWith Ramsey, Paul person
associatedWith Thomas, Charles, 1937-1994 person
associatedWith Towne, Anthony. person
associatedWith William Stringfellow. person
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