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The Presbyterian Church (USA) Mission Agency has published a second video in their “Faith & Politics” series. The director of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness, the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, interviewed U.S. Congressman and Yale Divinity School graduate David Price (D-NC).
Topics of discussion centered upon social justice, primarily racial integration, and Price’s background in the small Tennessee town of Irwin.
Price - Member - Church - Disciples - Christ
Price grew up a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the 1940s and 50s. As he says, he “reached maturity during the Civil Rights movement.” Because he matured during this period, he says, he was caught up in the movement, which resulted in a lot of social and politic re-thinking, prompting him to cross the partisan aisle from right to left.
Price said that the Civil Rights Movement showed him his Christian background was insufficient; he needed to care for those less fortunate and focus less on “individual selfishness.” This was his entry point into the Social Gospel.
Price - Years - University - North - Carolina-Chapel
During Price’s undergraduate years at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, he became President of the Baptist Student Union (still as a Disciples member), and worked with a “progressive Baptist church” that was “aimed at social justice and racial inclusion.” He was inspired to go to Yale Divinity School “as an intellectual matter.” A “Trial Year” Fellowship was offered to Price, a year to try seminary gratis, and he accepted. Although Price decided ministry was not for him, he stayed because the education was “very good.”
Price’s direct involvement in the civil rights politics of the 1950s and 60s manifested in picketing theaters alongside religious groups to pressure the businesses to integrate. He deemed this his “first interfaith event.” Because picketing was a relative success, Price was encouraged to work in politics. Three years later, working as a summer intern in...
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