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Dr. Roger L. Shinn

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Union Theological Seminary
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New York , New York 10027
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Company Description: Union Theological Seminary, founded in 1836, is an independent, ecumenical graduate school of theology with the mission to educate men and women for ministries in...   more

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ATHEISM: An Affirmative View, 16 May 2013 [cached]
In the Encyclopedia Americana the article on Atheism was written by Roger L. Shinn, a professor at Union Theological Seminary.
July 12, 2009, 12 July 2009 [cached]
When we finally got around to introductions just before for lunch, and we had gone all the way around the room, this dignified man introduced himself as Roger Shinn. I'm sure my jaw dropped and I must have babbled something totally incoherent, as I was so stunned to finally meet, in person, Dr. Shinn. I have to admit that I did not even know he was living in the Connecticut Conference, let alone know that I would have the opportunity and honor of meeting him, for he was indeed a legend in his own time. Roger Shinn, a longstanding minister in the UCC, was for many years the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York. But his real claim to fame is that he wrote our Statement of Faith. This Statement of Faith that is at the core of who we understand ourselves to be as the United Church of Christ was written by us. It did not come from someplace far away or from on high, though I trust that it was inspired by God. Now Roger would tell you (and, rightly so) that he did not write it himself; "No one on the Commission, working alone, would have produced anything resembling it.
The process of creating this witnessing statement was, according to Shinn and also one of my seminary professors (who actually taught me UCC polity), Louis Guenneman, who was also on the committee, a very thorough and complex and complete process of discernment.
Roger Shinn's draft was published and in usual UCC fashion, an extensive discussion followed: in local churches, in correspondence with eminent theologians (Both H. Richard Niebuhr and Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, and many others were members of the emerging United Church of Christ), pastors and lay people.
Thanks be to God for the gift of Roger Shinn, for the gift of the countless ancestors and contemporary people of our lives and our churches that formed this magnificent Statement of Faith that we celebrate in the United Church of Christ. Amen. The Rev. Lark J. Hapke, Interim Senior Minister First Congregational, United Church of Christ Greeley, Colorado References/resources Confessing Our Faith Roger L. Shinn Pilgrim Press 1990 "Historical Reflections on the Statement of Faith", Presentation to the Historical Council, General Synod XXI, 1997 Roger L. Shinn
Dan McCracken: Test of Text Colors, 31 Aug 2003 [cached]
The picture is of Dr. Roger Shinn, my thesis advisor at Union Theological Seminary.It was taken at a meeting of a task force that he and Margaret Mead co-chaired, on Technology and the Churches.I was one of the editors of the task force report, and this picture was printed in it.Roger does not always look this grim, at all.
Click here to read a sermon ..., 1 May 2014 [cached]
Click here to read a sermon by Rev. Susan about Rev. Dr. Roger Shinn who played a crucial role in forming the United Church of Christ in 1957 and fashioning the church we have become.
This Sunday our sermon series on ..., 1 Mar 2013 [cached]
This Sunday our sermon series on Today's Saints will continue with a sermon on Roger Shinn. "Who the heck is Roger Shinn?"- you might be asking. Roger Shinn is one of the key leaders and founders of the UCC. A congregational minister and professor of theology at Union Seminary, he wrote the UCC Statement of Faith- which is an eloquent statement about what we believe about God and Jesus. More than his words, we will celebrate Shinn's life, and the way he lived out his faith. A decorated veteran from World War II, he became an advocate for peace. A native from Ohio, Shinn grew up in a German-speaking community but he had a vision for a church that included all people.
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