The Christian community is a means of influencing other groups ... [and the] social process cannot go on without taking account of her presence and particular commitments. Permit me to recount a personal experience of a decade ago. We were discussing in an ecumenical conversation circle in Evanston what might be the Christian responsibility for the racially segregated housing picture in that town. The self-evident need, from the point of view of some of the participants in the conversation, was for the ministers of the community to deal with the mayor and city council to ask for municipal administrative measures in favor of open housing practices. This would be “the church” operating, in the person of the ministers, to discharge her social responsibility.
From the Archives: April 1974
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