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William Sloane Coffin Jr.A Holy Impatience$
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Warren Goldstein

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300102215

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300102215.001.0001

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“Flunking Retirement”

“Flunking Retirement”

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William Sloane Coffin Jr.

Warren Goldstein

Yale University Press

This chapter shows that, although much of the steam had gone out of the disarmament movement by the late 1980s, there were still battles to fight in Congress and plenty of the faithful still needed rallying all over the country. Coffin's role was to do the rallying and the speaking at SANE/Freeze while others administered the organization. It turned out not to be as happy a fit for him as he had hoped. Coffin's task was understaffed and he was therefore far less effective than he could have been. More to the point, however, was that while Coffin often talked to religious groups, for the first time in three decades, he was not employed to give sermons and did not have a regular congregation. Without a text, without a congregation, Coffin did not speak as well as he had done in the past; nor was he as creative. On the other hand, no one else in the peace movement spoke as well as he did on as many different subjects.

Keywords:   disarmament movement, Congress, SANE/Freeze, congregation, peace movement

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