Walter DeCoster Dennis

A Beacon for Social Justice

Rosemary Gooden

Nov/2023, 176 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640654280

An introduction to a priest, bishop, and legal scholar who was a prophetic voice in the fight for equality.

Walter DeCoster Dennis (1936-2003), suffragan bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New York, played a key role in many of the civil rights battles of his time. In this book, historian Rosemary Gooden, introduces Dennis and chronicles how his training as a legal scholar informed his ministry.

Dennis was deeply involved in many social justice issues that are still with us today, including battles over racial equality, abortion rights, and the legalization of marijuana. As she examines Dennis's often controversial involvement in the public square, Gooden offers reflections on ways that his prophetic vision can still be influential. 

ROSEMARY GOODEN holds a doctorate in American studies from the University of Michigan and has taught courses on the Episcopal Church and African American Christianity at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), where she was named in 2008 the first Martha J. Horne Visiting Scholar. It was also at VTS that she began research into Walter Dennis, whose extensive personal and Diocese of New York papers are housed in the African American Episcopal Historical Collection of VTS. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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