Reverend William Sloane Coffin

The reverend William Sloane Coffin Jr. died this week at his home in Strafford, Vermont. He was 81, and weakened by age, ill health and a stroke.

But in his heyday, William Sloane Coffin was a giant and challenging voice on American politics and the American soul. He was a solider in World War II, in the CIA during the Korean War, and then became an ordained Presbyterian minister.

He marched for civil rights in the South. And at the height of the Vietnam War, he was a powerful force for dissent and civil disobedience as chaplain at Yale University.

He spoke with On Point twice in recent years. Tune in to listen back to last words on American morality from the Reverend William Sloane Coffin.


Reverend William Sloane Coffin died on April 12, 2006 at age 81. He was chaplain of Yale University (1957-1975), senior minister of the Riverside Church in New York City (1977-1987) and president of the nuclear disarmament advocacy group SANE FREEZE (1987-1990). His last book was titled “Credo.”

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