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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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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.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE


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‘Duck Dynasty’: Putting the Racist Back in Redneck

The monarch of the “Duck Dynasty” reality show on A&E, Phil Robertson, has gone off the plantation.

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 READ MORE


AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Black People Are Not ‘Immigrants’

Now that an African-American president of the United States is the point person on the national debate about immigration, it’s time that the black perspective on the matter be examined.

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 READ MORE


White House/Pete Souza

The Top 10 Hits of Election 2012

This playlist sums up the winners and losers from the biggest political bash in the last four years.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 READ MORE


AP/ Michael Conroy

Three Blind Mice: GOP Candidates Mourdock, Akin and Walsh

Republican Richard Mourdock tells us that a pregnancy resulting from a rape is “a gift of God” and in doing so seeks to deny the religious freedom of women.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE

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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

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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