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The Rev. Madison Shockley

The Rev. Madison Shockley is the pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ (UCC) in Carlsbad, Calif.  Originally ordained in the African...

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Donald Trump’s Odd Pitch for the Black Vote: Wooing With Insults

The Republican nominee has almost zero support among African-Americans, and his offensive approach to them will not improve his standing. We are witnessing a campaign built with bricks of self-delusion.

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Donald Trump and His Words, Words, Words

“Sacrifice” and “sarcastic” are the most egregious examples of the Republican presidential nominee’s blatant misuse of words. It’s high time the media called his bluff.

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Abortion Rights Find Strong Champions Among the Clergy

The news media are not presenting a complete picture. For generations, many ministers have stood with people making difficult choices about their reproductive lives.

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Punish Women Over Abortions, Mr. Trump? They Already Are Being Punished.

The candidate’s comment—which his campaign was quick to disavow—aligns with the right-wing offensive to put the procedure out of reach and expose women to prosecution.

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Bernie Sanders, the Man Who Rewrote the Rules of Political Attraction, Woos California

Who would have guessed that a 74-year-old would be the hipster candidate of 2016? That a man would be the most compelling option for so many women in a campaign featuring a female? That a Jewish socialist would be the candidate of choice for the black activist class?

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Jesus: The Man, the Myth

Every year around this time, we’re told to think about Jesus, if only for a minute, while we wait in line at the mall; but how much do we really know about the man? Truthdig turned to a religious scholar, the Rev. Madison Shockley, to find out.

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2015 in Review: Marriage Equality, Mass Shootings, Pope Francis and Islamic State

Despite conservative backlash against same-sex weddings in 2015, ministers who support them can now fully practice their religions. Meanwhile, hateful rhetoric from Donald Trump and others means patriotic and law-abiding Muslims face a rising tide of hate crimes.

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The Rev. Madison Shockley
The Rev. Madison Shockley
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The Rev. Madison Shockley is the pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ (UCC) in Carlsbad, Calif.  Originally ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1979, he has served churches in St. Louis, Denver, Seattle and Los Angeles. Shockley, who was raised in Mid-city Los Angeles, was active in Los Angeles politics before being called to Pilgrim Church in 2004.

Shockley writes commentary on a wide variety of subjects including race, religion, politics, education, reproductive choice and popular culture. His commentaries have been published in papers across the country, primarily in the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle before becoming an original contributor to Truthdig.

He serves on the Executive Council of The Center for Progressive Christianity and is a member of the African American Ministers in Action of People for the American Way. Shockley is also on the board of the Interfaith Community Services of San Diego and the board of directors of ProgressiveChristianity.org.

He pursued higher education at Harvard College, University of Missouri, Union Theological Seminary and Claremont Graduate School. He holds a BA in Political Science and a Master of Divinity degree. He and his wife Gayle have four adult children, and reside in Carlsbad, Calif.

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