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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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Character Matters at the Foreign Policy Debate

President Obama is fired up and ready to go for the foreign policy debate Monday night, and he should begin in his opening statement by asking the American people, “Are you safer now than you were four years ago?”

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Why Obama Deserves a Second Term

My family survived the Great Recession because of the policies of the Obama administration. I suspect we were not alone in benefiting from one or another of the various relief programs.

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AP/Matt Rourke

Black Community Poised to Follow Obama’s Leadership on Gay Rights

Since the president’s affirmation of marriage equality, a series of African-American organizations, politicians, sports and entertainment figures have also announced their support.

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Jesus and the 99 Percent

We in the Christian community are asking how the Occupy Wall Street movement’s message coheres with our theological precepts. Should the church be for or against OWS?

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AP / Charles Dharapak

Getting Romney’s Religion

A candidate’s faith does in fact matter, especially when the religious institution to which he or she belongs is involved in explicit political campaigns that affect millions of lives. Such issues as civil rights for women, immigrants and the LGBT community come immediately to mind.

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Happy Mother’s Day: Now Let’s Rob You of a Key Right

The House’s passage of H.R. 3 is aimed at stripping American women of the ability to make decisions about their own pregnancies. Above, Rep. Chris Smith, author of that legislation.

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The Pope’s Progress

Now, can millions of Catholics around the world be free to use condoms and worship God? Can thousands of priests and others free their tongues and hands to help fight the scourge of AIDS and not worry about the “evil” of condom use?

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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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