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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with David Burgess, August 12, 1983. Interview F-0006. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Goals of the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen

Listen here as Burgess explains the Fellowship's goals, which included bearing Christian witness for an integrated society, living the social gospel, and connecting different people with similar aims.

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Oral History Interview with David Burgess, August 12, 1983. Interview F-0006. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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DALLAS BLANCHARD:
What do you see were the primary goals of the fellowship? What was it trying to do
DAVID BURGESS:
I think that we were the pre-Brown case of 1954. Of pretty christian witness to an intergrated society. Second, I am not putting these in order but I am just trying to Buck shot. Second, the connection between the prints, the connection between personal prayer life and the church, pastoral church activities and the social gospel the fact that these are partial to each other they are not this or that. And the great part of most of these people in the fellowship is that they are very good pastors as well as prophets. They weren't just out in the wilderness like John the Baptist. I say that third was a living fellowship of people who had similar aims, some industrial, some rural, some academic. But these sort of fed on each other.
DAVID BURGESS:
We were up against had a very keen view of the principalities and powers who made no bones about what they were. Both governmentally and cheifly in the sheriff's office, but also state legislature the senator both congressmen.