October - November 1997
Reverend Coffin is an outspoken minister, a long-time civil rights advocate and international peace movement activist. He served as chaplain at Yale University for eighteen years and rose to prominence during the 60s and 70s as a leader in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movements. He gained national attention as one of seven "Freedom Riders" who was arrested and convicted in Montgomery, Alabama while protesting local segregation laws. The U.S. Supreme Court later overturned his conviction. Reverend Coffin was appointed senior minister of New York's Riverside Church, a congregation with a national reputation for its involvement in social issues. More recently he served as president of SANE/FREEZE: Campaign for Global Security, the largest peace and justice organization in the U.S. Among the books he has written are his autobiography, Once to Every Man, The Courage to Love, Living in a World of Illusions, and his most recent work, A Passion for the Possible.
Last Updated: 9/3/09