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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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Ferguson: Baffling Decisions Continue to Provoke a Traumatized Community

There is no question that the Michael Brown case has been mishandled from the very beginning. With the news conference Monday by St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch, we now know that it was mishandled to the very end.

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A Travel Ban Is No Barrier to Ebola—and Borders on Racism

U.S. right-wingers are fanning a hysteria that could damage the fight against the disease and discriminate against both Africans and African-Americans.

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Ferguson’s Next Rally: Justice for Michael Brown

The real pressure point now moves to the grand jury of St. Louis County. The focus should now be justice for Michael Brown.

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The Sterling Interview Trumps the Tape

Donald Sterling’s interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper served only to confirm the vile racism and vicious personal attacks heard in his private remarks.

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China’s One-Child Policy and America’s No-More-Child Policy

What both the Chinese government’s one-child policy and the U.S.’ no-more-child policy have in common is that both totally disregard the intelligence, the moral agency, and the bodily integrity of women.

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If We Can’t Ban Guns, We Need to Love One Another

The last several months have offered the casual observer tragic evidence of the absurdity, cruelty and insanity of America’s gun culture.

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‘Duck Dynasty’: Putting the Racist Back in Redneck

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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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