Yale Divinity School celebrated the life and ministry of William Sloane Coffin Jr. with a two-day event at the end of last month. More than 200 Yale graduates who had developed close relationships with Coffin—a Yale alumnus and the university’s chaplain from 1958 to 1975—joined the festivities. Among them were Garry Trudeau, political cartoonist of Doonesbury fame, and Calvin Hill, former football player for Yale and the Dallas Cowboys. The events looked at the past and future of an activist ministry like Coffin’s. One panel remembered the decade in which Coffin was arrested as a “Freedom Rider” on a bus tour opposing racial segregation and led protests against the Vietnam War.


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