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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The story of the civil rights movement is not simply the history of its major players but is also the stories of a host of lesser-known individuals whose actions were essential to the movement's successes. This is a splendid book about a remarkable man, Duncan M. Gray, Jr. I felt right in this story for we were friends growing up, and I wanted this book to show Duncan as he was and is. I was with Dunc and Ruthie Spivey at Camp Bratton Green for four years, I visited Ruthie in Canton, and roomed with her sister my freshman year in college.

And One Was a Priest book. Duncan M. Gray J. an Episcopal priest who served various Mississippi parishes between 1953 and 1974, when he was elected bishop of Mississippi, is one of these individ The story of the civil rights movement is not simply the history of its major players but is also the stories of a host of lesser-known individuals whose actions were essential to the. movement's successes. an Episcopal priest who served various Mississippi parishes between 1953 and 1974, when he was elected bishop of Mississippi, is one of these The story of the civil rights movement is not simply the history of its major players but is also the stories of a host of lesser-known individuals whose actions were essential to the movement's.

Duncan M. an Episcopal priest who served various Mississippi . an Episcopal priest who served various Mississippi parishes between 1953 and 1974, when he was elected bishop of Mississippi, is one of those individuals. And One Was a Priest is his remarkable story. Author Araminta Stone Johnston is a retired assistant professor of philosophy and religion who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Araminta stone johnston. Published by: University Press of Mississippi. From one perspective, Gray (b. 1926) would seem an unlikely spokesman for racial equality and reconciliation. He could have been content simply to become a member of the white, male Missisippi "club. Gray could have embraced a comfortable life and ignored the burning realities around him.

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By Araminta Stone Johnston. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2011. Now a professor of religious studies, Johnston has written a biography of Gray that is at once a compelling narrative history and an exploration of Gray's theology of Christian responsibility.

The story of the civil rights movement is not simply the history of its major players but is also the stories of a host of lesser-known individuals whose actions were essential to the movement's successes. Duncan M. Gray Jr., an Episcopal priest who served various Mississippi parishes between 1953 and 1974, when he was elected bishop of Mississippi, is one of these individuals. And One Was a Priest is his remarkable story.

From one perspective, Gray (b. 1926) would seem an unlikely spokesman for racial equality and reconciliation. He could have been content simply to become a member of the white, male Missisippi "club." Gray could have embraced a comfortable life and ignored the burning realities around him. But he chose instead to use his priesthood to speak in unpopular but prophetic support of justice and equality for African Americans. From his student days at the seminary at the University of the South, to his first church in Cleveland, Mississippi, and most famously to St. Peter's Parish in Oxford, where he confronted rioters in 1962, Gray steadfastly and fearlessly fought the status quo. He continued to work for racial reconciliation, inside and outside of the church, throughout his life.

This biography tells not only Gray's story, but also reveals the times and people that helped make him. The author's question is "What makes a good person?" And One Was a Priest suggests there is much to learn from Gray's choices and his struggle.


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Blackstalker
Why should we study the past? A short answer is to learn how to behave in the future. This book takes us back to the recent past, 1960s and 1970s Mississippi, and shows how one person responded to the time and place he found himself in. The author absolutely catches the mood of fear and desperation in the white community in that place at that time. Those who were opposed to equal rights for African Americans were filled with fear that their roles of supremecy and domination would come to an end and those who supported, at least in theory, equal rights were afraid of what might be said or done to them for that support. It is difficult for us now to understand how much the elected government of the state of Mississippi deliberately created and sustained this climate of fear.

So in this book we have the story of how an Episcopal priest took the teaching of Christ and the church seriously and faithfully and was willing to apply it not only in terms of words from a pulpit on Sunday morning but on the streets of conflict in direct personal confrontation with those doing evil things. I would like to think any priest would have done at least some of what he did when James Meredith showed up at Ole Miss but he was the man on the spot. Over and above that was a lifelong committment to Christian social justice based on profound reading of Scripture and reflection on the fundemental nature of Christian theology.

The portrait of his family and social life rings entirely true to me. As he was my parish priest for several years in Meridian and then my Bishop, I did have a more than casual though not an intimate realtionship with he and his family. His essential decency, humanity and calm demeanor may be hard to believe when written down but are quite clear in personal encounter.

This book is quite well written and compares favorably with the book that Will Campbell wrote some years ago that covers the some of the same ground but does not benefit from the full access to Duncan Gray's personal files that Ms Johnston had. She is particularly good in relating what we would call Duncan's Christian formation to his thoughts and deeds as a priest and Bishop.
Kanal
This is a splendid book about a remarkable man, Duncan M. Gray, Jr. I felt right in this story for we were friends growing up, and I wanted this book to show Duncan as he was and is. I was with Dunc and Ruthie Spivey at Camp Bratton Green for four years, I visited Ruthie in Canton, and roomed with her sister my freshman year in college.
Duncan's father, Bishop Duncan M.Gray, Sr. and my father were friends.Bishop Gray, Sr. was the first person to greet us when we came out of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Meridian after our marriage. Duncan, Sr.turned to my new husband and asked, "Son, did she ever tell you how far she can hit a baseball?" The memories of camp lingered.
Even as a teenager, there was an air about Duncan,Jr. which indicated he was destined for great things. I fully expected this biography to express that to the fullest, and it did not disappoint. Araminta Stone has done a marvelous job of telling this remarkable life story with her great research, detailed information, and excellent writing.
She only left out one great story. When Duncan, Sr. was first elected bishop, the family and some friends were gathered for a meal. Duncan, Jr.was asking for the potatoes to be passed and he stumbled over his request several times. Duncan,Sr. look sternly at him and said," Come now, Duncan, are you going to go through life a stuttering son of a bishop?"
Duncan,Jr.certainly didn't do that. Instead he spoke loudly and clearly words of wisdom, love, and compassion in times when they were greatly needed. He has left his mark as a brave and courageous man, a dedicated priest, a great husband and father and a credit to the church and the state of Mississippi. His likes will not be found again. Read this life story and be inspired.
Dorizius
The Right Rev. Duncan M. Gray, Jr., confirmed my children. I have always admired him, and this biography is a great way to meet this great man. His story is the story of civil rights in Mississippi, and, although Mississippi has many shameful spots in our history, we can be proud of the example of Duncan Gray.
Prince Persie
This is a fascinating story of a small town priest who made a great difference in the lives of his fellow citizens.
Vutaur
I enjoyed this book tremendously. Bishop Gray has always been my hero. The book shows his courage and his great conviction about the dignity and equality of all and his willingness to put himself at risk, useing a commen term, "to put his money where his mouth is." Not many in the South (even clergy) were willing to do this. The book tells of the man and his family and the Church that gave them all the courage to perservere. The author is to be commended for this fine work. The Rev. Lynne Hough
And One Was a Priest: The Life and Times of Duncan M. Gray Jr. download epub
Sociology
Author: Araminta Stone Johnston
ISBN: 1604738286
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Sociology
Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (December 17, 2010)
Pages: 320 pages