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Reverend Madison Shockley
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Madison Shockley and Pilgrim United Church of Christ

Madison Shockley is pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, California. The church's mission statement is as follows: "An Open and Affirming, and Inclusive Church with a Progressive Theology and a Commitment to Social Justice." And the church's Web site makes clear the congregation's, and pastor's inclusive philosophy:

Families at Pilgrim come in many styles: multi-generational, couples, single parent, adoptive, singles, gay and lesbian, different races. All are children of one loving God! Members of Pilgrim also share a larger Church Family that supports us through the experiences of our lives—both celebrating our joys and helping us bear our sorrows.
The Pilgrim Church's policy is part of a greater United Church of Christ campaign which has caused controversy with some broadcasters. The "God is Still Speaking Campaign," was refused by CBS and NBC for its "too controversial," gay-tolerant message. Madison Shockley speaks about gay marriage, the tradition of progressive Christianity and other matters with NOW's David Brancaccio.

Madison Shockley

Madison Shockley was called to be the minister of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Carlsbad, CA on May 15, 2004. He is the first African American minister of a predominantly Anglo congregation in the history of the Southern California Conference of the UCC.

Madison Shockley also writes commentary on a wide variety of subjects including race, religion, politics, education, reproductive choice and popular culture. His commentaries have been published in papers across the country, primarily in THE LOS ANGELES TIMES and THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. He is also a regular guest on the Stacy Taylor Show, Fridays at 7 a.m. KLSD radio 1360 AM.

Madison Shockley was raised in Mid-city Los Angeles. After graduating from Los Angeles High School he pursued his higher education at Harvard College, University of Missouri, Union Theological Seminary and Claremont Graduate School. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and the Master of Divinity degree. He is married to Gayle Shockley and they are the parents of four children.

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