Thursday, April 13, 2006
William Sloane Coffin
Our friend and supporter, Rev. William Sloane Coffin, has died at his home in Strafford, Vt. He was 81. A well-known civil rights and peace activist, Dr. Coffin served as the Chaplin at Yale during the Vietnam war. He was an insightful thinker, preacher and writer, a welcome observer of American social practices.
Dr. Coffin was good friends with our Literature professor John Gardner and often communicated with the CRI.
Writing about the book of Job, he reminded us that when faced with suffering, the question "Why me?" is the wrong question to ask. Instead we should consider,
"Why not me?" When suffering comes, as inevitably it does to all of us, it is less important to ask where does it come from than where does it lead. Again, it's up to us.
Read Dr. Coffin's obituary in the New York Times.