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John S. Walker is a native of Columbus, Ohio. Becoming a Christian in 1959, he joined the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus, where a short time later he acknowledged a further call to enter the Christian ministry. While at Morris College, a dynamic small private black school, he learned of, and immersed himself in the writings and lives of Mohandas Gandhi, Mary McLeod Bethune, W.E.B. Dubois, but most importantly to him, Paul Robeson. He received a scholarship to Colgate Rochester Divinity School, where he earned his Masterís Degree in Church History in 1969. While a student at Colgate he was involved with the FIGHT Organization holding several positions of leadership where Minister Franklin Florence mentored him.
GUN VIOLENCE & GOSPEL VALUES:
This report, approved by the 219th General Assembly (2010), challenges our society's fatalism and numbness in accepting the highest gun death rates in the world, reviews past church positions and proposes a new "spiritual awakening" approach: a church-related, community-based strategy inspired by "Heeding God's Call". The report looks at our culture of violence-acceptance, with its undercurrents of fear and desperation.
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