Four of us I see as the core of Jonathan's Wake were Will
Campbell, Jim McGraw, Lew Wilkins and myself. There was a California contingent
that was as much a part of it as we were, but it would not be until after the
Detroit experience in 1969 that I would come to know them as friends and
associates. So to answer the question of how we fared after the Wake I will
deal with Jim, Will, Lou and myself.
I would say that Will and I, in our own ways, kept doing what we always had
done. Both of us sat light to the institutional church and both had a similar
analysis of its problems. We did not fade away after Detroit. But we each
operated less and less as part of any effort to renew the churches or to work
within church structures. Will ran The Committee of Southern Churchmen and was
able to support his modest Mt. Juliet, TN, existence with income derived from
the Committee and earnings as an author and speaker. For about two years
following the Wake I was paid a modest consultant's fee by the Presbyterians to
keep my hand in, concentrating on the younger folk from the California
Submarine Church (Dick York, Steve Richardson and Tony Nugent among them) and relating
to a similarly inclined group centered at Union Theological Seminary in New
York, including John and Maggie DeVries and Mark Thompson. I had bought a
rambling fixer-upper in Stockbridge for the princely sum of $16,000 and it had
a back building which served as my office and a place where itinerant church
folk and Canada-bound war resisters were welcome. Mark Thompson lived there for
a time as we sought to keep our critical agenda alive.
While I do not know what happened to all of these younger folk, I think it is
safe to say that few found their way back into conventional ministries or keep
alive what might be called a church renewal movement over the decades after
Of the four I have called the core, Jim McCraw and Lew Wilkins proved the most
able to function comfortably within the bounds of their denominations, Jim as pastor
of John Street Methodist near Wall Street and Lew at churches near his
eventual home in Lubbock, Texas. Neither of these stalwarts sacrificed a bit of
their commitment but both were able, as Will and I were not, to function within
the constraints of the creedal activities and words of the church. Will
and I could do this too and did at times. I did preaching and pastoral work
when my wife served pastorates in Massachusetts. Will preached some and was a
pastor to many who sought him out.
Of the four, I have been the least settled occupationally and residentially.
Sequentially, from1969 on, I taught, lectured, did newspaper and radio work,
ran a stringed musical instrument and scarce book business, directed the Albert
Schweitzer Center, fund-raised for Will’s committee, wrote books and and
Biblical music, had my own record company, produced commercial country music
and eventually worked for three United Nations agencies, eventually
editing CHOICES for UNDP. When being online was possible, I began living there.
If I have any
recurrent regret it is that most of the avenues to even dialogue with
theological associates are nonexistent today. Part of this is due to the
passage of time. Most of my best friends and colleagues are dead, including Lew
and Jim, Al Carmines and Bob Helm. Will is now in Nashville, having suffered a
debilitating stroke last year. I have tried to open doors at Union
Theological Seminary with no success. But as my current Kindle Library makes clear
I have not stopped thinking and writing. Ultimately words trump lives in the
influence category. I do not intend to
stop writing until I cannot type at this keyboard anymore.
Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.
This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.
Later, when Irene joined our group to form a travelling company performing "New Rain", I learned to pick out a …
Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…